This headphone is built with original Grado GS3000e Cocobolo wood cups, original Grado 50mm 32Ohm drivers, original Grado 12core cable and upgrade headband. The GS3000e is the finest wooden headphone Grado Labs has built to date. The large-body housing is constructed from Cocobolo and is teeming with texture and emotion. This is the fullest single body of Cocobolo Grado has ever built, and the GS3000e is the perfect fit for it. Question about shipping? View shipping service. Want more custom options? Ping us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Elegant, Grado GS3000e Cocobolo cups cut by high-precision CNC lathe from large chunk of wood with laser printed characters.
- Original Grado GS3000e drivers with 50mm diaphragm, 100% reproduce the original sound character
- Cup holders (brackets) are made of high quality stainless steel, with 2 color options in silver or black
- 3 headband options in black/brown handmade Hermes leather, or black genuine leather
- High quality Grado G/S/L cushions
If you are an experienced DIYer and want to build the headphone from scratch, here is the DIY kit with everything you need. With basic soldering and crafting skills, you can make it in just a few hours. Scroll down for the DIY tutorial.
Know about Grado Labs GS3000e
Grado Labs GS3000e got 5/5 all star rating on What’s Hi-Fi (Review):
The Grado GS3000es need a listening room. That sounds like an odd thing to say about a pair of headphones, but get a pair and that’s exactly what you’ll wish for. The GS3000es are an open-backed design. They not only leak out lots of sound but they let in everything too. Voices, traffic noises, kettles boiling, you name it – all will intrude on your listening experience to varying degrees. During testing, it isn’t long before we see the look of disapproval from anyone sitting near us, once the high-frequency ’tiss-tiss’ emanating from the rear of the headphones starts getting on their nerves. The solution? Go to a quiet space, away from anyone likely to disturb or be disturbed. A dedicated listening room, for instance.
The DIY kit is pre-assembled as displayed in the product pics, including:
- 2 X GS3000e Cocobolo wood cups
- 2 X cup holders (brackets) in silver or black
- 2 X 50mm original GS3000e drivers
- 2 X G/L/S Cushions
- 1 X Genuine leather headband, 3 options in black/brown handmade Hermes leather, or black genuine leather
- Original Grado cable with 6.35mm jack, or 6N OFC, silver plated, 8 cores hi-end cable with carbon fiber enhanced 3.5mm jack and Y splitter
Component options and how to choose
We highly recommend the 2 types of genuine leather headbands which are the best one we can offer – hand made with 3 layers of Hermes Zermatt Leather made in France, in black and brown (see more details and link to order separately) .
Here is the standard model which is more close to Grado GS3000e original headband, and also made from high quality genuine leather (link to order separately). It is also softer with more foams padding.
Original Grado cable is with 6.35mm jack and 12 cores, 5.5mm outer diameter, very thick. You will need a 6.35mm to 3.5mm adaptor when using it with portable devices, like your mobile.
And if you want a light weight, more flexible and portable solution, you shall choose this hi-end 6N OFC, 8core cable in 2m (1.6m from 3.5mm jack to Y spliter) with carbon-fiber enhanced jacks and spliter.
With basic soldering and crafting skills, you can make this headphone in a few hours. Let’s look at the kit first:
Step 1: wire the cable to the cup
You need to pull the cable through the 5.5mm hole on the cup, and fix it with a cable tie.
Step 2: Glue the cable to the driver
In order to protect the soldering pin, you need to glue the the cable to the back of the driver to prevent harmful vibrations. You may use any instant glue but be careful not to block the 2 holes on the backside of the driver.
Step 3: Solder the cable to the driver
Now you can solder the cable to the driver. Note all 3 cores in same color must be grouped and soldered to the soldering pane together.
Step 4: Glue the driver to the cup
Apply some glue at the inner edge of the cup, and push the drivers into the cup. Wait a few hours before the glue fully dry.
Step 5: Put on headband and earpads
You need to push the stick of the cup holder through the locker on the headband, and put on the tiny black caps.
Final Step: Test and finish
Now you an test the headphone and see if everything works well, and enjoy it!