Beat up fender eighty five head project.

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  1. Vondre

    Vondre TDPRI Member

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    So long story short. Bought this amp for 20 bucks a year ago. The head chassis was damaged from a hit or something. I could never get it to sit in the combo without rattling. Decided to convert the combo into a speaker cab and finally I got around to making a cabinet for the head. Check it out. Mind I am a newbie and don't have alot of tools. Here's after I measured and cut the top and bottom, then the sides using some scrap pallet wood. Used a dark walnut stain. IMG_20200925_174543.jpg Then today assembling the wood.
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    Just need to finish the front. I'm going to go with the same stain on it. Also touch up the top inside corners.
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    It came out pretty good for a first try, i’m sure you will enjoy the amp. I have a 94 Twin Amp set up as a head. I like to use it with different cabinets and speakers. Its easier to carry too.

    I like making my own cabinets also, I get a lot more for my money and I learn a lot about my amps.
     
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  3. mexicanyella

    mexicanyella Tele-Afflicted

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    Looks cool! The red knobs look better with the stained wood than the stock Fender cosmetics to my eye. Hope to hear some sound clips.
     
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    I like it. I like that you are reusing the pallet wood, it reminds me of the rustic pine caster tele's.

    I would consider doing a light stain on the front for contrast with the dark walnut. You may also consider trimming the side panels at the top to follow the face plate, like fender did originally.

    Are you going to top coat it with a clear sealer or varnish? That will help protect the wood with some harder finish.

    Take care
    John
     
  5. Deaf Eddie

    Deaf Eddie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I like it - kinda has a "Fred Flintstone" character. I'm on the verge of doing a head conversion to my Peavey Bandit by getting a four-space rack case and putting it in that. I know, that's cheating... [​IMG]
     
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    You might want to cut some holes in the front panel for ventilation if you are going to cover it with grill cloth.
     
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