GS3000e Statement Open Back Headphone and DIY Kit

(1 customer review)


Specification (pre-installed) 

  • Transducer Type Dynamic 
  • Operating Principle Open Air
  • Frequency Response 4 – 51,000 hz
  • SPL 1mW 99.8 dB
  • Nominal Impedance 32 ohms
  • Driver Matched dB .05 dB
  • Weight 16 oz
  • Cable Length 71″ (180cm)
  • Cable Design Prestige 12-conductor, 1/4″ connector 

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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

  • 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.

GS3000e DIY Kits
GS3000e DIY Kits, note earpads are not shown

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.

Package list 

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. 

Genuine Leather Grado Headband, Compatible with GS, PS and more Hi-End Series
Genuine Leather Grado Headband, Compatible with GS, PS and more Hi-End Series


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.

DIY Tutorials

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!

Additional information

Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 35 × 20 × 15 cm
Choose a headband

Handmade Italian leather in brown, Handmade Italian leather in black, Genuine leather in black

Choose a cable

Original GS3000e cable with 6.35mm jack, 6N OFC, 8core cable with 3.5mm jack

Choose a bracket color

Silver, Black

Choose DIY options

Assemble it for me, Keep components separated and DIY

1 review for GS3000e Statement Open Back Headphone and DIY Kit

  1. Jim Mular (verified owner)

    I built this set and am very pleased with it. Instead of the hard wired cable I installed 3.5mm jacks so I can use different cables. I’m using a 16 core 3.5mm to 4.4mm TRRS cable with a balanced amp. Sound reproduction is highly detailed and rich. These are warmer than metal or plastic housing models, which suits my taste perfectly. I love the open feeling with the G-cups and have used these headphones at times for 16 hours straight without any sweating or discomfort.

    If you’re handy with a dremel and a soldering iron, this is a great kit.

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