What's your strategy for eliminating back panel rattle on a Fender Tweed Amp?

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  1. StratStringSlinger

    StratStringSlinger Member

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    I was wondering what people with tons of tweed deluxe/tweed amp experience do to make sure there is no rattle coming from the back panel? Do you adjust the chassis so there's a nice gap between the chassis and back panel? Do you adjust the chassis so it's pushing up against the back panel? Do install some weather stripping between the chassis and back panel? Some other technique? Just curious what the preferred method is?
     
  2. jota

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    I cut a strip of foam and stick it to the metal chassis where the back panel touched it.
    Works great.
    It's hard to see but it's a grey strip you see between the metal chassis and the back panel:
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  3. skeeterbuck

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    I like the gap between the chassis and back panel myself. Help the heat to escape. ;)
     
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    I use weather stripping or a similar product. Seems to work fine.
     
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    2 Votes for weather stripping and 1 for leaving a gap. Any others with experience/suggestions? I don't see many tweed deluxe amps with weather stripping so there's got to be some tricks to making the rattle go away?
     
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    I use weather stripping that sticks to the back panel. Works like a charm. Tweed deluxe rattling is a bitch to get rid of but it worked. Got the idea from a user on another forum.

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    I tightened the gap up as much as possible. Folded up some small bits of paper several times and pushed it in the gap. Worked like a charm.
     
  9. jota

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    Are you checking the gaps?! Cause if you see my amp you wouldn't notice it!
    I believe you would not even notice from the photo I posted if I hadn't mentioned it!
     
  10. Trout

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    I like & use self-adhesive felt dots equally spaced on the chassis.
    2 on each end, 4 down the length usually does the trick.
    They are just under 1/8th inch thick, about 5/16ths inch diameter.
    Even if the back has a bit of warp these seem to compress where needed.
    Nice dampening as well, I never hear any buzz or rattle.

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    I've tried running the gap and using rubber grommets on the screws that hold the panels in place. In the end what worked best for me was using a different speaker with less bass, a Weber Sig12a. I find that the Weber's "shortcomings" balance perfectly with the 5e3 to really work together overall. I've tried many speakers, before and since, but nothing has replaced it yet.

    Just to clarify, yes, using the Sig12a eliminated more of the panel rattle than running a gap or the rubber grommet/spacer setups did.
     
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    My Fender Tremolux EC came stock with a adhesive foam strip.
     
  13. gtone

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    Tightened the screws on the panel on my old '51 5A3 and never had any rattles, even fully dimed with a Beano Boost in front...
     
  14. hardys

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    I used 4 rubber washers... 1 at each panel screw on my Tweed Deluxe. That eliminated all rattles.
     
  15. wyatt

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    Yes, but original tweeds have an asbestos pad on the back panel which helps as a dampener as well as it's intended use as a heat shield.
     
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    Wow I didn't know that; your learn something new everyday. Where do we get NOS asbestos pads!? J/K. I wonder why modern tweed builds don't have some type of pad; it would totally solve the rattle problem.
     
  17. wyatt

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    The pads weren't thick and didn't make full contact withthe chassis,... not as good at dampening as the weather striping that Fender uses now and that others have suggested.

    But they were there.

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    These days some Tweed cloners use aluminum flashing on the back panel to complete the shielding.
     
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    Mine didn't when I owned it and still no rattles... ;^)
     
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    I originally posted that I used rubber washers to stop rattles in my Tweed Deluxe. After thinking about it, I remembered that I figured out an easier & better solution. I discovered that the rattle was coming from the top back panel vibrating on the chassis. I simply loosened the chassis screws and slid it a hair away from the panel, until it was no longer making contact. That eliminated the rattle!
     
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  20. mudster

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    A bit of felt in between the panel and body (where they touch) can do wonders.
     

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