NCD : fEARful 1212/6

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by DiabolusInMusic, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    I drank the kool-aid...

    This project took a little longer to come to fruition that I wanted, but it is now all said and done. I built this 1212/6 out of okoume but you would never know it by it's weight, it ended up rather heavy, about 80lbs. I should add I am not a handy person, but I had some help and was quite satisfied with the results.

    The cab is finished in duratex using their "leather look". The cab has a tweeter control, tilt back handle and castors, speakon jack only, and D cup side handles. I used 2.5" acoustic egg crate foam to line the inside, I included one interior shot, I covered my S/N (my name) if you were wondering why the paint is there.

    Overall I am quite happy with the product, the build isn't perfect but the finished product seems to working correctly and that is all that matters. The fEARful will not mask a turd, which I really like, you hear everything with this thing.

    It is kind of sad to think I won't be buying another cabinet again between my Epifani at home and my fEARful at the jamspace I have no cabinet GAS and I don't see myself one day craving a coloured tone instead. Markbass has served me well over the years but I am glad to see that midrange bump go away. I still like their amps though.

    If you are a GB forum member you can read my build thread there, I use the same handle. I have to give a lot of kudos to the crowd over there, they are extremely knowledgeable and helpful, this probably wouldn't have gotten done without their help.

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  2. Troph


    Apr 14, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    Looks great! How many hours would you say you put into it? Every time I am tempted to start one of these cabs with a DIY kit, I back off when I realize that I don't have the time.
  3. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    I would say I have at least 30-40 hours into this thing, a good chunk of it was with two men as well. I did the finishing myself but I needed help with the building part of things. I did it mostly over the span of a month, maybe six weeks, but the planning started months ago.

    It was an expensive and time consuming venture to say the least, I really appreciate the guys who do this professionally since building this thing. I imagine they have fairly thin profit margins after this experience.
  4. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Great job. Congrats...
    You are a braver man than I. What was the most challenging part?
  5. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Looking good bro. Wondering how the weight got so high with the Okume. Casters definitely added a bit, but I dont think that's the whole story.

    The builds do take a bit of time, but if you can get the wood cut for you (I hired a furniture maker off of CL) and order a pre-made crossover, it was relatively smooth going for me.
  6. Primakurtz

    Primakurtz Registered Nihilist Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2011
    Denver, Colorado
    Well done - enjoy!
  7. wounded horse

    wounded horse

    Aug 5, 2009
    Yep, not sure what's in there at 80lbs in okoume. Mine is 72lbs in baltic birch. Mainly, though, it's the big, fat sound I like.
  8. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Loved your comment that you were happy to see that midrange hump go away. That's precisely why I sold my Schroeder rig in favor of a pair of Fearful 15/6s. Way better to be able to dial out a hump as easy as it is to dial one in! And effects and various instruments all sound much more distinct rather than being at the mercy of a big "always on" lower midrange spike.

  9. Laklandfan

    Laklandfan Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2010
    New Orleans, LA
    Awesome cab 😊. I was really considering having one of those built. The 80lbs is weird, though.
  10. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Thanks for all the kind words, I have to re-weigh to confirm it is 80lbs, but it was 76 or so without the grill and corners. The box without hardware weighs 41.6lbs if I remember correctly.

    @Jim, honestly the hardest part was the actual assembly process, my friend supplied the wood and gave me 5/8" initially, so I did half of the build the first time before realizing the wood was too think and would have to be scrapped. That gave me some insight when I tried again. I went overboard with the PL, probably added a few pounds there, I brad nailed so I didn't remove screws the PL set. Duratex is extremely easy to work with and I was super satisfied with the results, cutting the acoustic foam was actually fun just listening to music. I thankfully had an electrician to do the wiring, and on that note I did adjust the coils on the crossover board this weekend as I was having some crackling issues with the midrange, the issue has been resolved thankfully. The ******/good thing about DIY is you are the warranty man... after writing this whole paragraph, I need to change my decision, the hardest part was finding time to build it. I had a lot of fun and learned A LOT but I was more than glad to finish the project and just play.

    @Laklandfan, if you had somebody else build it, somebody other than me that is so including yourself, it should turn out lighter than mine. It doesn't feel 80lbs and i would love to feel my scale is off but I think that is the correct weight, if it isn't though I get to lose a few pounds at the same time. :D
  11. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    That sounds pretty high...seems like 70lbs is more realistic for a 1212/6...?
  12. cableguy


    Jun 4, 2009
    North Bend, WA
    welcome to the club.........enjoy.
  13. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Nice cab! :cool:

    Looks familiar, here is my LDS 2126 that Don built for me a couple years ago. It weights around 51 lbs. The word fEARful never came up, I was just looking for a great 2-12 cab and the final result truly is a bit of a coincidence, TTBOMK.
  14. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Now why you gotta bring that up? :D :cool: :D
  15. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    It seems hard to get *that* carried away with a nailer, as well.
  16. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Well it was probably more the PL and 3rd coat of Duratex than the brad nails, I am sure those only added a couple ounces. The castors and handles are also metal, not plastic.

    It is what it is, an 80 pound pig.
  17. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    The last gig cab you will ever need :)
  18. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Just noticed I never added pictures of the cover I got from, so here you go.

    The covers are double thick, with brown thread. I added the back pocket, velcro side handle flaps and an underside strap to keep the back from dragging when I wheel it around. I also added the tilt back handle, I didn't feel the need for another flap. The cover initially came without the back pocket and wheel cutouts but Susan was really helpful and their customer service was nothing short of fantastic. If you are looking for a 1212/6 cover they have my specs on file, just note my cuts might differ from yours, so take note of the measurements if you do use them.

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  19. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Obligatory cab and bass shot.

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  20. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Nice! And I know it sounds fantastic with your gk amp. I am using an mb200 as preamp with a Crest Prolite 2.0 with my fEARful 12/6 + 12sub and it is *the* sound for me.

    Nice covers too. I was thinking of having SS make me a cover. How much extra did they charge you for that external pocket?