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Dr Fong 2x12 Cab

posted Oct 15, 2014 23:12:13 by MichaelWamback
Have been watching this on Ebay, and decided to pull the trigger:



Haven't been able to find out much about them, but I love the look and it will satisfy my passion for oddball gear.

Apparently, from what I've learned, these were made in the 80's and 90's. Eventually, the factory that made them burned to the ground due to a spark in their paint room. They continued to make a few amps/cabs in a barn for a short time before selling the brand to Gibson. Gibson let the brand die, of course. Mr. Wilfong (the guy who made them) went to work with Gibson in their amp department for a short time, but quite due to not being comfortable in their corporate culture. Last I heard, he now owns a BBQ restaurant in the Midwest somewhere.

Wilfong was a player himself, and built gear to last. They are made out of 7/8 plywood and covered in Gorilla Paint as opposed to tolex or some other material. In theory, the paint doesn't dampen the vibration of the wood and is extremely durable. Wilfong offered a 5 year no questions warranty at the time, and not one was known to have been returned broken. In fact, it was said you could pretty much drag them to a gig with a chain from the back of your car. He claimed that the way they were designed, it was almost like one solid piece of wood construction. So I'm thinking it will be super durable.

The cab is ported, with is supposed to give a very full bottom sound. Speakers are front mounted, and the guy selling it upgraded them to a new pair of Celestion G12T-75 speakers. I paid just over $300 US with shipping, and when you figure that the Celestion speakers are worth about $220 on their own, it seemed like a pretty good deal for a 2x12 cab. Can't even find a decent empty cab for $80.

Have been looking for a fun 2x12 cab for my new Ashdown Fallen Angel head. It was between this and the Carven Legacy. But this just seemed like more fun - and I love that it has a "James Bond/sci fiction" feel with the "Dr Fong" in that script. And worst case, I could probably sell it local for about what I paid for it.

Any of you guys ever play with Dr. Fong? :)
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TrickyRicky said Oct 16, 2014 06:56:11
No, but the Chinese are taking over it seems. You will be registering with Mr Phang for your teeth next :)

Good luck with your cab.
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MichaelWamback said Oct 16, 2014 07:13:40
Actually, these were made here in America by Jay Wilfong, "he led several Indiana rock bands in the late sixties, seventies and early eighties. Records by his early band Primevil are considered Garage/Psych classics and his Pirate Rock LP Buccaneer has to be heard to be believed." I took a peak at the origins of the surname "Wilfong", and it appears to be English in origin - specifically it developed in England after the Norman Conquest. The entomology comes from the Norman-French name "Will" (a pet form of "William) and a spelling derivative of "ford" - indicating that the ford in question belonged to William. So apparently, little to do with China, even though it might appear otherwise.

I also read that the brand name was changed - and speculation that "Fong" was a bit to close to "Bong" for the marketing folk at Gibson to be comfortable with. But that may well be just legend. :)
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