Grill Cloth Aesthetic

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  1. nathanteal

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    Part 1: Have any of you ever changed out the grill cloth on your amp solely for aesthetic purposes? I'm toyed with the idea of doing this with my amp, a Vox TB18C1 whose only shortcoming is the black and silver diamond cloth.

    Part 2: how easy is it to make the change?
     
  2. soulman969

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    Getting the new cloth straight and stretched properly is the biggest challenge but it's not something all that difficult to do. In this case four hands are often better than two.

    There are some instructionals on it you can find if you do a search. Here's one.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_5768402_change-grill-cloth-guitar-amp.html
     
  3. Tele wacker

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    I have built many amp cabinets and done grill cloth on lots more. You just have to do it in order to learn how to get it straight. I have some furniture upholstery grippers that I use and they work great to get the grill cloth straight and tight. Not much of a problem when you do it a lot.
    Unless grill cloth is shredded or if it has very bad tears, I don't bother with changing it.
     
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    Unique grills are a lot of fun, and always catch my eye...I've seen some absolutely beautiful hand painted affairs, mural-like quality.

    Reminds me of yet another project I want to get done over the summer
     
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    Thick dressmakers interfacing between the baffle and the cloth will help prevent the edge of the speaker hole(s) from being noticeable.
     
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    Almost kinda sorta.

    I have a new 5E5 repro. It came with a 15" vintage Jensen. I intend to lacquer the cabinet and, while it is apart, build a 12" baffle. It came with what I believe is period-correct brown cloth (the 5E5 was only made in 1955). I am toying with putting oxblood-with-gold cloth on the new baffle.
     
  7. jimbo735

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    Yes, I covered my Roland JC 120 with black.And I covered a 4x12 cabinet with a silk screen of a flat track racer in black and white.I got compliments on the 4x12 but nobody seemed to notice the Roland being different.IF these were vintage I would probably go for the correct cover.Have fun!
     
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    What a great idea to do this. I don't like that humdrum excuse for a grill cloth that Vox uses on the Tony Bruno series. I think the blue diamond pattern would look great on it.
     
  9. Beachbum

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    I redid the grill cloth on an after market 12" cab to match my SCXD. Pretty easy to do on a smaller cabinet. Using a spray on adhesive to hold the cloth in place while stapling helped a lot.

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    Yep...

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    Pretty easy on this one.

    JM
     
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    couple of real helpful how to vids on youtube
     
  12. Paul in Colorado

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    When I get a combo cab for my DSR I'm going to do a tie-dye grill. What kind of fabric did you use?
     
  13. Abu Twangy

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    Around 1970 I changed the grille cloths on my drip edge SF Twin and Bassman. At some concert I saw some national touring band had done it and I got the urge to customize.

    The Twin ended up with blue paisley burlap and the Bassman had orange burlap with matching orange burlap on the head. And I removed the drip edge to get a more modern look.

    Hey CoachJM--nice job!
     
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    I changed my old black mesa cloth to cane on my MK3 Boogie Combo. I kept the old one complete and made a new frame for it.

    I could not be happier.
     

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    Very Tasty!! I feel the need to make a new combo ASAP!
     
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    we used to spray those boring old blackface Fender grilles with black spray paint. I'm actually kinda surprised that Fender didn't do that with those new hopped-up '68 silver-face reissues...
     
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    Thanks for the kind words.

    My son made that for me last Father's Day.

    He used silk for the tie dye.

    I'm sure he'd be happy to make a tie-dye grill cloth for any of you who would like one. He can customize it to the design, colors, & size you want, and you can contact him here if you're interested: http://www.lusiddream.com/
     
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    I did the cane weave grill on an old Music Man combo I had. It looked sweet, but I also noticed the amp was a bit louder, less filtered. That was ok with me since I lost a little of my hearing!
     
  19. Paul in Colorado

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    Thanks!
     
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    I changed the grille on my Laney Cub head..

    the original cloth one was on a solid board.. so, I made a board with big air holes in it and covered it with black mesh....

    much better for air circulation/cooling. :cool:
     

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