Blonde Cabinet build

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by jsnwhite619, Feb 12, 2020 at 7:23 PM.

  1. jsnwhite619

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    A mutual friend who is an amp tech got commissioned to build a custom amp, and he asked me to build the cabinet. He supplied the tolex and it had barely any backing at all, more of small strings instead felt/cloth on it. Water based glue really likes a thick backing on there.

    Anyway, no major obstacles except having to build it off of notes and measurements without a chassis in my hands. And using water based glue during a solid week of rain & humidity. Blonde corners really have to be done right because a gap doesn't exactly blend in with vanilla tolex.

    The handle is from Brookwood leather online, and it's great, thick bridle leather. We plan to get it all together this weekend and see what happens.

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    Super job, mate!

    I’m yet to try the Fender style corners, I have always used mitres on mine and have that method down. Perhaps I’ll give those a crack on the 6G2 I have in the wings
     
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    Nice! I'm building a blonde bassman head cab right now myself.
     
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    Looks great. I have a thing for blondes though I don't even have one.
    Deluxe?
    Can't wait to see it all together.
     
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    It's his modified take on a Vibroverb, 2x6L6.

    I've never been very drawn to them aesthetically, but this one has grown on me for sure.

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    That is freaking gorgeous.
    If it doesn't work for your friend, sell it to me and I'll build something to put in there :twisted:
     
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    Looks awesome, well done.
     
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    Nice work Jason!

    I'm a big fan of blond and brown Fender aesthetics. So, that appeals to me, greatly.
     
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    Great job! That looks fantastic.
     
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    @jsnwhite619 , great job on the cab, your builds always look great. What glue do you use for the tolex? I usually use Mojotone tolex glue, which works great, but cannot be shipped in freezing temps. I have five cabs waiting to be covered because I can’t get the glue I like.
     
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    Yeah man that's a build to be proud of!
     
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    I've discussed it in a thread before, but it's been a while. My shop is an extra smaller garage that opens up into our home, and I have a 4 year old, so the strong fume, acetone based glues just aren't an option for me. So, for water based adhesive, selection is pretty limited and usually very expensive. This is what I use for tweed & tolex. https://www.lowes.com/pd/TEC-Skill-...qelqS-iAu2-IQuxrwVhoCIrwQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

    I know a few others here have tried it and hated it I think. Yes, it can be messy and has a long set time in bad weather. But, there's no fumes, little smell, and everything cleans up with soap & water. I keep a bucket of water and some rags on hand while I'm using it to clean up as I go. You can't use too much, and I use a rolling pin to flatten it out and squeeze out the extra. And, it's $5 for a quart tub, more than enough for a full cabinet.

    I've also found this stuff lately that is great for fixing edges or tears. They named it right, but again, it cleans up with a wet rag with no fumes or odors. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Titebond-C...NdwAu1fl9WHVlf6BucxoCaVEQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
     
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    Jason you do FINE work!
     
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    Thanks
     
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    I have used the contact cement with great results, but lately have found some of the less expensive tolex varieties won't tolerate it! I have gotten shrinkage with it! I will try your floor adhesive next time, maybe it won't attack the cheaper stuff.
     
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    Very nice Jason. And that handle is sweet!
     
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    Yeah, no chemical reaction as far as affecting tolex. More backing needs more glue, less backing needs less glue. Trowel it on both pieces, wait a few minutes or use a hairdryer to speed it up. Decent stick time, but long open-set time.


    I've learned that it draws tighter as it cures. So, if you get a seam that looks good when it's fresh, it draws tighter and better by the next day.

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    Very nice. Sure wish you lived close by here! Keep up the great work!
     
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