View Full Version : techniques on relicing an amp
07-18-2007, 03:02 PM
i just got an early 80s jcm 800 1982a cabinet. i would like to switch the grille cloth to the large check style, and go from the 11" logo down to the 9". all my jmps are 70s, and id like this cab to match them. the thing is, i dont want the grille cloth or logo to look new, i want to get the replacement logo a nice creme color, and the grille cloth faded and brittle. anyone on here know any relicing techniques to accomplish this look? anything would be greatly appreciated!!
07-18-2007, 03:49 PM
tho I never got the relic concept, I do know some dealers offer aged grillcloth and I would assume aged parts........can't help you on where, try the ol' google aged grill cloth and see what pops up
07-18-2007, 05:06 PM
Mix up some tea in a spray bottle, spray the cloth and set it outside for awhile.
Start with a fairly light mix and go from there. This has been used to "age" Fender grillecloths for years. Should work on others too.
07-18-2007, 05:22 PM
thanks alot, the tea idea makes a lot of sense. i guess whatever yellows teeth should yellow grillecloth and plastic logos. someone also told me to expose the logo to light heat from a blowtorch. ever heard of doing that?
Try not to destroy the original JCM800 series grill cloth and logo. You'll want to be able to put the cab back to stock for the best resale value, should the time come.
Enjoy the cab. :AOK
07-18-2007, 05:39 PM
Smoke is also good at yellowing teeth, er, grillcloth, and would have been what most "aged" amps had been subjected to to get their "patina".
07-18-2007, 06:08 PM
yeah i was thinking smoke, but i wonder how much smoke it would take, and what technique would be the best for that. that might take a lot of time. i wonder how those guys that relic strats for fender's custom shop age all those plastic parts
07-18-2007, 07:17 PM
A commercial rib smoker for about 6 hours would probably do the trick. Of course, people will start drooling as you roll the amp into a room :D
07-18-2007, 07:52 PM
You could always throw it in the back of a U-Haul with a bunch of other PA and band gear for a few thousand miles:-)
Send it to me...
...for 25 years
07-18-2007, 10:45 PM
Same as guitars. Play the living shit out of them, gig 'em hard.
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