Any tutorials or tips on re-covering and amp?

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  1. Bones

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    Looking for advice on re-covering and amp. I'm thinking it's probably more involved than it would appear???
     
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    Covering

    Stay tuned Bones, I've been saying it for a while but am getting ready to start a thread that will walk you through 3 separate cabs I built and covered from start to finish. From Tolex to Tweed some things that I learned in the process that may save you some grief. Just finished uploading nearly 100 photos to my photobucket page but I'm to tired to start it tonite but will start it this week.:cool:
     
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    cool looking forward to it.
     
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    Use glue, lots of glue, (and whatever your covering it with).

    Too many beers, sorry.
     
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    a tutorial and some observations

    Dr Bob who builds amps and posts on the Weber site has this tutorial
    http://s152.photobucket.com/albums/...rial/Bobs Tolex Tutorial/?albumview=slideshow
    Password is ToneRanch

    I think how hard it is depends on what you are going to use and what you are going to cover.
    Recovering an amp or cabinet is harder because you have to strip and prepare the cabinet , so some additional work is involved.

    I have done auto upholstery work since 1983, I use solvent base contact cement that is designed for vinyl tops and convertable tops, it is heat resistant. I recovered my buddys Super Reverb about 15 years ago, it's still in good condition, no issues with the vinyl coming loose.

    Some folks like to use water base contact, I don't like it, hard to use and the results are not as good IMO, I've had a couple cabinets that were covered using waterbase adhesive and the tolex bubbled up and was loose at the seams.

    Dr Bob and others use hide glue, which is probably great but also seems more labor intensive.

    Here are a couple cabinets I've done over the years.

    I think if you are mechanically inclined, practice on some scrap first and are patient you can recover a cabinet.
    The corners are the hardest part, but if you are going to use some cabinet corners they are not that critical.
    The bevels on a Fender slant style combo amp are kinda tough too at first.

    Looking forward to seeing the other tutorial too, maybe I will pick up a trick or two.
     

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    Staying tuned:lol:...I just finished priming a cabinet for tweed.

    Anyone have a good source for authentic tweed...most of what I
    have inquired about has been the Peavey Classic style vinyl stuff.
     
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    I'll check in as I'm thinking about recovering my uncovered, painted gold "Gold Top" Bassman cabinet with: floral western faux tooled leather or wheat faux emu/ostrich (real ostrich would cost 800 to 1600 bucks!!!)

    I want to do it well or not at all! The funky gig wars gold paint may stay if I doubt I can pull off a pro or near pro level recover.
     
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    I've been disappointed with tweed material offered online. I believe Fender has a part number for its tweed but I haven't seen it offered by online dealers.
     
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    That was an excellent slideshow on how to do this.

    Thanks for posting.
     
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    cool tweed tutorial

    That is a good tutorial for doing tweed, I may have to try that sometime.
    Thanks for posting.
     
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    Nice jobs there Ringo.

    I started my thread in the DIY amp section, mostly because I've got a couple that I'm gonna be building amps to go inside.

    I'll be getting to the covering part in the next day or so.
     
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