Freshly lacquered Richter Tweed Deluxe

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  1. 5E3

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    I just reassembled it today. First a before shot:

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    after:

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    I bought this amp from a fellow TGP member. The tweed was just a little bit dirty since the amp is used, but not bad, and no tears or rips.

    I followed the process so many of you have outlined in this forum:

    3 coats of Zinsser clear shellac from aerosol can.
    3 coats of Zinsser Amber shellac cut 50/50 with denatured alcohol.
    2 coats of Deft Satin lacquer from aerosol can.

    I'm quite pleased with the results. Thanks TGP members! :)
     
  2. Telecaster62

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    She's purty.........congrats.
     
  3. 5E3

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    Thanks. As long as I had it apart I thought I would try a different speaker. I have a Celestion G12H30 that was going unused so installed it. Just finished playing for about 30 minutes and like the sound of the Celestion a lot! Still very chimey IMO, however I like the lows and mids better than the stock Jensen C12N. Nice break-up on the overdriven tones too. YMMV
     
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    Nice work. Nothing sadder than brand new tweed. Hey, wait a minute, I don't believe in relics. Now I'm confused...
     
  5. macmax77

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    i was about to do mine, but the instructions are to hard for me to follow! :D
    beautiful job man!
     
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    That looks amazing.
     
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    Nice job on the lacquer! I've read nothing but good reviews on that amp, you should be real happy.
     
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    That's very nice, you did an excellent job on that. You should be proud of your work on that one!
     
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    that looks soooo much better now, and better protected to boot. nice job! folks say doing that changes the tone too, have you noticed a difference?
     
  11. 5E3

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    Haven't noticed on the tone, but having changed the speaker at the same time it would be really difficult to tell.

    Yeah, I'm hoping for some longevity/protection in the look. I used to own a Peavey C-30 in tweed; bought it used too, but by the time I got it there were already stains and filth in the fabric, so doing the lacquer job would have probably looked very bad.

    Thanks all for your compliments! :D
     
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    I paid up $25 for a Weber 5E3 cab, when it arrives I hope it looks half as nice as yours!
     
  13. 5E3

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    Thanks Paul, that is very kind.

    I don't know if Sarah builds her own cabs, but after taking it apart I can tell you the construction is top-notch! I've done some woodwork and built some cabs; this cab is excellent construction and finish work all the way.

    I was able to do some up close inspection of the chassis build too. Very impressive, detail oriented, and quality parts. Nothing second class that I could find! :AOK

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  14. Trout

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    Sara has her guy building and covering those cabs. Recently she mentioned they might start sourcing them out though. Her reasoning was that the Vendor near her is set up for the Shellac & Polycoat finishing.

    That girl sure can solder though, good eye for detail.

    When I shellac'd mine, I use the lacquer as a base coat intead of the clear zinser. I found that it sealed as well, but did not contribute as much to the splotchiness or uneven tint. I used 5 coats of lacquer, 2 coats thinned 50% amber shellac, and 2 top coats of lacquer to seal it up.

    A quick rub with a scotch bight sanding pad between coats is a must.

    Nice job on that Cab! One of these days I need to do my RS 5.8. Its hard to do without the amp for 3 days:D
     
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    does it sound different?

    Who will do this for me?
     
  16. esoteric pete

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    its not hard to do on your own.
     
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    I am afraid i could kill the tweed in my amp.

    I am good with my hands,just a bit afraid of doing it, hehehehhe.
     
  18. 5E3

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    It really was quite easy. When I applied the clear shellac base coat I simply applied it really thin as other posters had recommended. I tried to not get the tweed wet.

    The amber I applied with a foam roller in one hand, and a bristle brush in the other to spread evenly and thin. The lacquer top coat was simple, two thin coats.

    It was warm here the last couple of days and I did the whole job outside. This I recommend because the fumes were absolutely killer! Wow! One accidental breath of the spray shellac and I had a head-ache! I also used a new Scotch-Bright pad to gently knock down the whiskers between coats.

    I found the job easy enough that I would recommend it to anyone. Just take your time and go thin on the applications. You can always add more coats, but you can't take it off very easily.
     
  19. Dale

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    Looks very nice. Tempting to try on mine.
     
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    I heard MoJo Music supply will do the cab finishing but I do not know how much it costs. I would imagine the shipping would be the biggest problem.

    I forget who it was that posted about sending his to Mojo, but he was very happy with the finish.
     

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