i posted these pics on the v4 thread but figured i could share the process in its own thread .
I recently got two vt22 combos. after trying one of them as a head for my 15" cab loaded with a ev 15L i decided it was going to definitely use one as a bass head.
So i took out the head from the combo took some measurements and went a couple streets up to homedepot and bought a sheet of birch.
I had them cut it at homedepot to save me some time. Its freaking cold right now and I didnt feel like digging my table saw out of the shed.
I put the box together and made sure everything fit..
The print on the faceplate was really worn.. so i cleaned everything off.. I plan to have some decals made up for the knob IDs
I also decided i wanted to trim the box out in aluminum to give it a very agressive look
MY band Vessel (www.facebook.com/vesselrock
) has an octopus theme on the album we just released.. So i figured it would be fitting to carry the theme to my gear.
I drew an ocotopus in pencil on the top piece of birch and then wood burned the image in
After wood burning the image on the top I decided to also put anchors on the sides.
Once the wood burning was done i stained the top and sides leaving the octopus unstained until i could pick up a different color stain. (shows rough fitment of trim too)
I picked up some sedona red minwax stain and did the octopus in the red. In hindsight i think i might have been happier not staining the octopus.. i think it stood out better being lighter.. but either way i'm happy with the outcome.
I stained the inside of the box and poly sealed it with the waterbased minwax. Cut and fixed the trim to the box also and put the head back in.
to protect the tubes i made a piece of wood for the rear
then i needed a grill for the front. I hit up my local music store to see what they had.. nothing.. so i went back home and started rummaging through a pile of junk.. i found a couple pieces of square tubing from another project and some metal grate from some random thing i found earlier this summer.. I tend to keep interesting metal scraps .. you never know when you can use them..
So i removed the logo from the vt22 combo i gutted and used that to decide the spacing on the grill..
i'm completely stoked at how this came together. looks super agressive and is certainly one of a kind.
I plan to get a flight case made up for it so i dont have to bother with handles. I'll grab one of the cases where the top lifts off.
I would also like to get a wider cab at some point so i can put the head directly on the cab without it hanging over the edges. Right now i will put the head on a keyboard stand that will sit over my current 15" cab.
looks kind of odd right now.. but i'll get something figured out.
I'll update this as i progress.. chances are i'll come up with something else to do to it.
PS..i had fun with this project.. i woudnt mind making more unique boxes for other v4 owners (as long the sizes are the same) can use different materials, looks.. etc.. i'll have to figure out some sort of pricing.. might barter the labor for gear