Simply put, J Design has set the new standard for hand crafted guitar cabinet tone, quality and style.
Meet Jeff Earl, owner of J Design, master builder of all our custom and production amp cabinets, and my brother! I thought I’d take the opportunity to give Jeff some major kudos, and to let you in on what goes into our amazing cabinets.
Jeff started the company in 2001 while he was working full-time at a satellite company. He built cabs on nights and weekends and was building about 3 cabs per month.
In the summer of 2002 when my volume started to increase, I approached Jeff about helping out, and he proceeded to turn J Design into a full-time gig. In addition to my amps, Jeff spent 2 years on his own R&D, developing his Vintage line, which still exists today.
He always uses the highest quality lumber, “Baltic Birch is the best plywood to use” Jeff says, and he hand selects all of the maple, walnut, poplar, and other fine woods that go into our cabs. Consistent with our own approach to our brand and the electronics in our designs, Jeff shares “I never skimped on supplies and I never will”. Jeff has done a great job maintaining this high level of quality while scaling up to Fargen’s higher volumes now that our new dealer network is up-and-running.
I asked Jeff what sets J Designs apart, and he responded, “Every cab we build is handmade, made in the U.S.A. here in Millville, CA, and nothing is mass-produced. I see everything from start-to-finish and it’s this hands-on approach, including a ten-point check on every single cabinet, that leads to our high quality products.” J Design is family-owned and operated, and Jeff’s team is quick and nimble, as evidenced in our recent rollout of the John Lennon series.
“My first thought on the cab was to enhance the tones that Ben set out to achieve from the amplifier circuit, while being able to ‘frame’ Lennon’s artwork and showcase and display it in a way that wouldn’t take away from the designs. We brainstormed a lot about vintage amps and styling and we wanted to produce something different … so we took the components we liked the most and then further innovated the cabinet design. Then we finalized the amps using custom-manufactured parts.”