Extreme Makeover Amplifier Edition: My re-covering thread....

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  1. rockapede

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    A month or so I decided to give my Classic 50 an overhaul. It's an older model (though I'm not sure of the age as the serial number is gone from the back plate) that I got used that has been beaten up and generally abused:
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    Most of the rips and dings are on the bottom and sides, but you can see a couple and some drink rings in this pic. To make matters worse, my band played a church gig and the youth group helped us load out (big mistake....). That little rip near the bottom magically became a 6 inch gash that "nobody" remembered how it got there.

    Being a fan of DIY type projects anway, I decided to try my hand at a complete recovering job (Tolex, grillcloth, and piping). While I was at it I figured it was a good time to get some new speakers (Warehouse 10s) and tubes (JJ's) as everything is stock AFAIK.

    I went with green Marshall style tolex:
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    Fender Beige-Brown (wheat) grillcloth:
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    ....and medium white piping:
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    First....disassembly, stripping the old crap off, and sanding. I did the sanding by hand with a sanding block, WHAT A PAIN! Look at all that glue (the black on the inside is paint though...):
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    And everything pulled apart:
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    My amp looks a little naked ....

    Anyway, sanding is done (or done well enough for me, I hope that's enough :lol:
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    Grillcloth is done. It's not perfectly straight (I got a little off near the bottom) but I think I did a good job and that part is covered by the cabinet anyway:
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    New speakers are installed and wired as well:
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    It was definitely time for a new handle:
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    .....AND THE finished product:
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    As you can see there are some seams that didn't come together perfectly and other first-timer mistakes, but this project was a lot of fun. I'd encourage anyone thinking about it to give it a shot, it's not as hard as you think!
     
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    Nice work....classiest looking Classic 50 I've seen.

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    Hey Aaron, thanks a lot. Yes, I thought the Classic 50 deserved to look like its name sounded....
     
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    Cool color combo.
     
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    Big improvement! How's the new speakers?
     
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    Nice job!

    +1 on how the speakers sound in it.
     
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    Thanks everyone! At first I thought I hated the speakers, it felt like they had killed all the low end. After playing a while I realized that the were just muuuuch less muddy than the Blue Marvels; the "blanket off of the speakers" effect made it sound like the bass was gone. After eqing to suit the amp sounds much more open and full, and there's a lot less of that icepick beaming that was killing me before. I thought before the speaker change that I needed some Beam Blockers, now I don't.

    Plus, the new speakers (being only 20 watt drivers as opposed to 40 watts like the stockers) are lighter. Multiply that x4 and you end up with a much easier to haul around Classic 50....
     
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    BTW I just realized that this amp was sold to me (in person) by none other than TGPer TimBascom. Small world lol.
     
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    Nice I can't spot any flaws from here!

    Great work really, the amp has a completely new personality I'm sure!

    Must have been a real bitch hand sanding that, your efforts have paid off man.
     
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    Very nice work!!! When would you like to do my C50?:p
     
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    Thanks!

    Thanks a lot; yeah, the sanding was a pain. I think it's time for me to get at least a palm sander. A 410 combo is just a looooot of surface area to sand with nothing but a block, paper, and elbow grease....

    Overall I like the way it came out. The piping could be a little straighter (although that's a fairly easy fix whenever I find the time) and the two seams on the lower back section separated just slightly. Neither of those are readily apparent on stage, though, so I'm not really sweating it.

    Thanks!

    Oh man....this is one of those things that (for me) was fun once but I'm undecided on whether or not I ever want to do it again :D. I'm gonna have to find a different glue if I do.
     

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