WHAT IS A SKINCAB
SkinCabs are a fully composite powered guitar speaker cabinet, built with carbon fiber and Kevlar. YES!! The same materials used to build spaceships and bullet proof vests. SkinCabs are incredibly lightweight, durable, and sound amazing!
These composite materials combined with a 2-inch high density, lightweight core create an EXTREMELY light speaker enclosure with amazingly low resonate tones.
SkinCabs is an authorized dealer of ICE POWER AMPS. These Class d amps are super powerful, super light and super efficient which is why companies like Kemper use them in their products.These amps are perfect for amp modeling and emulation, but have been said to carry their own unique tube-like tone. Ice Power Amps installed in our incredibly lightweight SkinCab speaker cabinets, make for some of the easiest set up and tear down of music equipment during a gig or practice without compromising amazing sound.
SkinCabs are 70% to 40% lighter than a standard plywood guitar cabinet depending on speaker type and size.
Standard 4x12 plywood cabinet weighs 100 to 120 lbs.
Our 4x12 SkinCab with neodymium speakers weighs only 39lbs!
Our 4x12 SkinCab with v30 speakers weighs only 63lbs!
Standard 2x12 plywood cabinet weighs 60 to 80lbs.
Our 2x12 SkinCab with neodymium speakers weighs only 18lbs!
Our 2x12 SkinCab with v30 speakers weighs only 32lbs!
Standard 1x12 plywood cabinet weighs 40lbs.
Our 1x12 SkinCab with a neodymium speaker weighs only 13lbs!
Our 1x12 SkinCab with a v30 speaker weighs only 18lbs!
Instrument cabinets have a long history of innovation and design. Changes in electronics have been the main industry focus whereas cabinet materials and build have changed very little. In most cases, returning to the 50's and 60's design is highly popular. These cabinets have used a grain based wood or plywood for many years while home and car audio have used MDF or particle board for their enclosures. Grain based wood gives off its own tone at varying frequencies and can add (boost) or subtract (muddy) the sound coming through the speaker. With instruments themselves, we decide which one we want based partly or mostly on the tone generated by the grain. Tone woods are specifically chosen for the unique sound produced and is coveted for this very reason. Due to the inconsistency of wood grain, two guitars made from the same tone wood can produce different output and vibration. The same is true for guitar cabinets. Musicians will choose different guitar and cabinet combinations from song to song to allow for that specific tone the combination produces. Bouncing back and forth can definitely cause a headache for the sound board team. Grained wood will always vary in its output based on vibrations of the speaker, and the room.
When a speaker is moving, it produces waves. Speaker boxes can also produce waves according to the grain and structure of the enclosure. This is called "resonance". A good example of resonance is when you run your finger along a partially full wine glass and hear the ringing sound given by the vibration of the glass. Just about everything on the planet will ring or resonate at a particular frequency and this will create sound waves. Sometimes these waves help or boost each other and other times they compete or mute. These changes or "transients" can be a nightmare when trying to set up the sound board and cause a continually changing output and response for the individual musician. When we add a nice tone wood instrument to the mix along with an effects loop, we can have a very hard time keeping the output consistent from venue to venue and even more difficulty in maintaining a consistent tone that we fight so hard for.
Home and auto speakers have used MDF or medium density fiberboard along with particle board due to its flat response. What we want to hear is the crisp, clear sound recorded by the original artist along with the beautiful tone woods of their instruments. What we do not want to hear is a mess caused by wood grain and other enclosure construction materials giving off their own tones. MDF is the wood of choice due to its ability to vibrate without adding unwanted noise. The result is consistent and reliable tone no matter the audio source.
SkinCabs has developed a unique material and build design which not only severely reduces the unwanted, muddy, inconsistent, and crazy tones caused by grained wood but, drops the weight of the enclosure down to a manageable amount. Those doing tours will appreciate and respect this second factor all by itself. Our cabinets will produce consistent output regardless of the venue. The guitar you chose because of the rare and expensive wood will produce the same beautiful tones at all locations.
SkinCabs: clean, clear, consistent, reliable tone... and easy to pack around!
WHO PLAYS THE SKINCAB
"We had a vision, to take our live shows to the next level no matter where we were, we wanted a screen alongside our cabs to build a show the crowd couldn't forget but needed them to retain quality that was crisp and clear. Skincabs took our vision and made it a reality. This is more than we could have ever hoped for and was worth every penny spent."
- Trey Swain
Guitarist of Archeons
NASHVILLE recording artist Chris Condon, music director and guitarist for Billy Ray Cyrus, is a proud sponsor of Skincabs.
Chris plays on a 2x12 with Vintage 30s.