The Burlingames

Chronicling the adventures of the B's

Category: Music Gear

It's Here!

by Dave

The new amp is here. I’ve played it for just a few minutes as it was delivered only a little while before I had to go to work. My first impressions are good. The amp is incredibly light, loud, and seems to be very versatile. I’ll have to put some hours on it before I can make any solid conclusions. Below you’ll find a stock image of the amp; it’s a Gallien-Krueger MB212 combo. I’ll try to do a full review after I’ve spent a little quality time with it.

GK MB212 bass combo amp

My Amp Is Coming!

by Dave

My new amp is finally coming. I ordered it on March 8th and I finally received the email tonight with a tracking number. It’s been kinda sad not having a loud amp around for this long. I sold the old one to pay for the new. I should have it in hand by early next week. Yesssssssss.

The Coolest Pedal Ever?

by Dave

I recently bought a sweet new pedal that I’ve been wanting to try for a long time: the Electro-Harmonix Stereo Memory Man with Hazarai. I haven’t read the manual and have only about a half hour of time into it, but it could possibly be the sweetest pedal ever. I’ll have to figure out how to use the thing before church this weekend and see if it can be integrated into my playing. The real challenge will be fitting it onto my already full pedalboard. Maybe it’s time to upgrade…

Eden Amp Custom Cabinet Project

by Dave

One of the questions I faced after buying my new bass rig was how to protect the amp. My last amp lived in a Gator rack bag. It was a nice bag: very functional, but kind of ugly. I love the look of many of the matching amps and cabinets out there, so I decided to undertake a small building project to create my own. Here’s the lumber after a bit of sawing. With some careful planning, I was able to get the whole thing out of a 2′ x 4′ sheet of plywood. Also pictured are two pieces of L-shaped aluminum which I used as brackets for mounting the amp to the inside of the cab.

Eden Cab lumber

Next I spray painted the lumber black. This is not a necessary step as it will be covered by carpet, but it will help camoflauge any dings that might show through the carpet in the future.

Eden Cab painted

The box is starting to take shape. I used a lot of screws and glue.

Eden Cab box assembled

Here are the assembled parts: the box, a cover for each end, and the faceplate for the front. I routed all the edges to make them nice and smooth. Notice the silver T-nuts on the faceplate. If you’ve never seen a T-nut, they’re very cool and useful. I drilled holes for them in the faceplate and pounded them in with a hammer. The faceplate is bolted into place from the back by securing it to the nailer you can see in the box.

You’ve probably also noticed all the spots inside the box in the painted area. The Eden WT-300 has a bunch of screw heads sticking out the bottom of the amp chassis, so I drilled shallow holes to allow the amp to sit flat.

Eden Cab parts assembled

All the exterior parts were then painted.

Eden Cab final painting

Next up was the carpet. Here’s the box with the feet attached. I put large feet on the bottom so the cab would clear the handle on top of the speaker cabinet. The small feet on the edge are used when carrying the amp, allowing me to set it down on edge. There’s a strap handle on the opposite end.

Eden Cab carpeted box

I debated covering the faceplate in carpet as well, but I thought it would be a nice subtle contrast to instead use speaker grill cloth instead. I then added some gray piping to set it off a bit.

Eden Cab faceplate installed

Here’s one of the completed covers. I used a breakaway hinge on one end and a butterfly latch on the other for securing it to the box. I also mounted thinner strips of plywood (covered in carpet as well) inside the cover edges, protruding about 3/8″ to create a flange. It helps the cover to sit straight and keep dirt/water/etc. from getting inside.

Eden Cab cover

Here’s the box with the amp installed. I also changed the hardware on the speaker cabinet to match the new hardware used on the amp cab.

Eden Cab closeup

The final product. The speaker cab has a gray metal grill covering the speakers. After getting into this build a bit, I thought it would be cool to cover the grill with the speaker cloth as well to make them match. I also added the gray piping. I’m very pleased with the final result.

There’s only one thing left to do. Eden makes an amp that uses black chrome (think shiny, dark gray) metal knobs instead of the red/blue/gray colors on most of their amps. I’m going to purchase those to replace all the knobs on this amp. I’ll post a pic when those are installed.

Eden Cab stack

Speakon Jack Wiring Project

by Dave

I’ve been quite busy lately with music gear projects. I bought a new bass rig a month or so ago and have been working hard to get it ready to rock. I purchased an Eden WT-300 amp and Ampeg PortaBass 212H speaker cabinet.

The first thing I did was add a speakon jack to the back of the amp. The cab was already wired to use the more reliable connector. The amp, however, was made back in 1997, well before speakon jacks were even invented. Conveniently, there was a spot on the back panel just big enough for me to drill a hole to accommodate the new jack. I used an Irwin Unibit step drill bit to make the holes. It worked great, easily making a clean hole.

Eden WT-300 speakon jack install drilled

I then mounted the jack to the amp chassis.

Eden WT-300 speakon jack intalled

Here’s a look at it from the inside.

Eden WT-300 speakon jack installed (inside)

The wiring was pretty easy. I just added the jack in parallel to the existing 1/4″ jacks. All in all, it was a fun project.