Where To Find Tweed Amp Baffle Screws?

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    jsnwhite619 Friend of Leo's

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    There's the question. Anybody got a source for authentic looking ones?

    Thanks
     
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    Awesome. I guess I didn't know what to search for....or have time to go through 1,000 choices of screws. Thanks!
     
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    I spend alot of time at the local Ace hardware looking through screws and washers. Normally I find what I need there.
     
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    For Tweed baffle look, you want copper head screws. The old decorative ones with the rosettes (?) Fender sometime used are long gone, but Mojo and others sell them at a premium (if you need more than 4, then a fastener site will supply them for much cheaper).

    Having owned a few old Tweeds, I never thought using zinc of stainless looked right.
     
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    I found these, and they look pretty cool with the dark copper. http://www.guitar-parts.com/catalog/fender-style-baffle-screw-tweed-amp
    The screws on Mojotone just don't look special enough to warrant paying $11 shipping for a dozen screws from NC to GA. Mojo was going to be $17.70 for a dozen after shipping, and they just kind of look like tarnished nickel in the picture. These came out to $14 for 10, and I have been looking for a few days. Wood screws come in some great antique finishes, but machine screws don't have a lot of options.
     

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    I did some experimenting. These are from a 99 cent pack of zinc screws. Soaked them in vinegar all day, let them dry, then steel wool and wd-40. Those are the nuts that came with them in the picture for comparison. Anyway, I think it gives a nice vintage patina. [​IMG]
     
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    For an update on the copper/bronze screws I posted above, they ended up being too short for my baffle. I used 3/8" for the front cleat, baffle, and 1/4" strip to offset the grill. They poked through just far enough for me to feel them, but not nearly enough for securing a nut. I'm going to see if I can find some 6-32 T-nuts tomorrow and get in the holes without tearing the grill out too much. I think that they will work if I can get them started in the holes.

    Here's another shot of the vinegar-soak against the shellac'd tweeed.
     

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