The Best Way to Put Casters on Guitar Speaker Cabinets

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Whether you are only playing once in a while or are on tour most of the year, adding casters to your guitar cabinet can help you or your road crew move it quickly and easily and save your back from being injured by heavy lifting. Either permanent or removable, these wheels can be a great addition to your cabinet to allow the sound to bloom by lifting it off the ground as well as making it easier to hear on large stages.

Permanent Casters

  • Drill casters into the bottom of your guitar cabinet. These casters are available in multiple sizes and can be purchased at any guitar supply store or home improvement store in your area and are a permanent installation which will raise the cabinet from the floor. Although this may lower bass response, they may help you hear yourself better on stage as well.

    Drill each caster into the wood with four wood screws. There are different sized casters available, with two inches being the sturdiest and ideal for heavier cabinets made by Mesa Boogie and Marshall. One-inch casters may be more appropriate for smaller cabinets and 2 X 12" cabinets. Use a power drill to tighten the screws and place a caster on each corner about a half-inch from the back and sides for good stability while moving the cabinet on tour or at local shows and practice. Although locking casters are often not necessary, they can help cabinets stay in place.

Pop-Out Casters

  • Drill four 5/8-inch holes in the bottom of your cabinet. Pop-out casters are great when you need to set your cabinet on the ground, touching the floor as the wheels are easy to insert and remove. You want to drill the 5/8-inch holes about 1 and 3/4 of an inch from the back and sides on the bottom of the cabinet. These holes will be used to accept the receptacle for the removable casters.

    Drill the receptacles into the bottom of the cabinet. Each receptacle has a 1/2-inch sleeve that will accept the shaft of each caster. Place the shaft in the hole you have drilled and drill the four wood screws on each corner in to secure it. This will allow you to insert and remove casters for moving your cabinet. This will keep the look of a wheel-less cabinet but allow for easy moving and traveling.

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