Have you ever noticed how there are thousands of styles of guitars you can buy? Each one is unique. Colors, cuts, pickups, every part of a guitar can be customized to fit your style.
Your instrument is an extension of yourself. We spend so much time searching for the right guitar — the guitar you proudly wear on stage that says, "This is me."
Have you ever thought about why amps aren’t treated the same way? Most amplification equipment on the market looks the same: straight lines, black tolex, nothing to set you apart as a player. While shopping for a new speaker cabinet, TimberCraft Cabinets owner Morgan Hopfensperger noticed a lack of creativity in the cabs on the market. He set out to change all that.
Hopfensperger started TimberCraft Cabinets early last year, combining his passion for music and love of woodworking. It was founded on the idea that, like him, there must be other musicians who value craftsmanship and believe all of their gear should be as beautiful and unique as the guitar you play through it.
Now Hopfensperger has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help make his goals a reality. You can check out the details of the campaign, which ends February 4, right here.
"I started TimberCraft because I needed a new speaker cabinet for myself and was underwhelmed with the options I saw from major retailers," Hopfensperger says. "I'm a musician first, and my passion for woodworking led me to start building these things. I've grown tired of huge companies dominating industry by having their products made cheaply overseas and sold in large retail chains, by salesmen with no knowledge of the product. These days, people want to support the little guy, the craftsman, the guy who works hard, sweats and produces things he's proud of, simply because he loves it."
It used to be that there was a specialist for everything. If you wanted meat, you went down the street to the local butcher. If you needed bread, you went to the baker next door. Everything was a craft, and everyone a craftsman. Mass production has killed the spirit of craftsmanship and replaced it with a standardized form of consumerism. People don’t have things made for them anymore. We buy products made by machines in factories, sold in large retail chains by salesmen who know little to nothing about what they’re selling.
Hopfensperger started building speaker cabinets in his garage, knowing that somewhere out there, other guitarists wanted the same thing that he did — craftsmanship, beauty, customizability, a speaker cabinet that is 100 percent yours.
It starts with a design. TimberCraft wanted its speaker cabinets to be unlike any other. First, they draw up an idea; then they plan out the dimensions and types of wood to use that will give each design the best tone and functionality possible. They start by hand selecting every piece of wood, letting the beauty of the wood show. Since every tree is different, every speaker cabinet the company builds is the only one of its kind. There’s no other cab like it in the world.
"While I was building these cabinets in my free time, I would post pictures of them online as they progressed. With each cab I completed, the response I got from my friends and family became more and more enthusiastic. People really seemed to like what I was making, so I began to consider doing this full time.
"While researching how to build on a larger scale, I spent a lot of time learning about where the materials I would need come from," Hopfensperger adds. "I found that many of the materials used in mass-produced speaker cabinets, namely grille cloth, come from sources where workers are paid a very low wage or work in unsafe conditions. I wanted to feel good about what I was making, taking into account every part, every material that goes into my products. I wanted to be confident that the products I manufacture are not done so on the backs of the impoverished.
"I partnered with a non-profit organization that connects African textile workers with American consumers, ensuring that they are paid fairly and work safely. The organization is called Market Colors, and they do great work. The speaker cabinets I build are priced fairly — comparable to what you mind find in your local music store. My overhead is low because everything is made by me, in-house."