1960 cabs recover and retro conversion

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  1. Matthews Guitars

    Matthews Guitars Well-Known Member

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    I've been sort of busy in the garage the last two days. I'm recovering and retro styling my 80s JCM800 1960A and 1960B. The A is basically done, and I start on the B tomorrow.

    I'm liking it!!




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    Looks fantastic :applause:
     
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  3. Filipe Soares

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    I LOVE IT!!!
     
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    Looks good and nice attention to detail.
     
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  5. Matthews Guitars

    Matthews Guitars Well-Known Member

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    Thank you! I'm doing my best! I can say I've never had so many corners come out so good before on any previous project. I've learned the trick...and it's super glue and painter's blue tape.

    I've started work on the bottom cabinet, too. After taking the baffle out I discovered that all the cabinet glue joints had failed. I don't know what this white crunchy type of dried glue is, but it's definitely turned to sand. I took everything apart, cleaned the joints out, and reglued it. It's coming out of clamps after dinner and then I continue on as normal.

    There's a warning there. Old Marshall cabinets may be susceptible to glue joint failure. If in doubt, remove the back panel and the baffle board. If the cabinet is a bit floppy after you do that, the joints have failed and the proper fix is to strip the cabinet, take it apart, clean the joints, reglue it, and apply new tolex. You're just not going to get away with trying to squeeze glue into the failed joints and call it a day.

    This cabinet had also taken enough of a fall to crush one lower plastic corner and there's some damage beneath that corner. And nearly all the screws holding the baffle to the cabinet are bent, probably from the same fall.

    It'll be fine. In fact, being freshly repaired, I have great confidence in it.

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    wow that is really amazing ,if u were to retolex a cab for someone else how much would u charge?
     
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    A basic retolex job on a Marshall 4x12 with no changes and there are no complications? I'm going to throw out a guess of 150 bucks plus tolex and materials. If there are "issues" to deal with then the price goes up some. If you want to do cosmetic changes like add the gold strings and you need new handles and hardware, that's extra, too. And then there's shipping to consider. Fedex ground is going to be your best bet. Even better, have a music store in your area do the shipping for you, because they probably have a pretty good rate with Fedex.
     
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    And the whole stack is done. Just waiting to get the chassis back into operation and installed.
     
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    What a beauty!! Awesome job.
     
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    Looks fantastic. Nice work.
     
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    Great job
     
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    Looks awesome. What type of glue did you use?
     
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    Amazing, looks great!
     
  14. Matthews Guitars

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    I use a commercial grade contact cement. I don't know who makes it but it beats the pants off of Weldwood contact cement. I get it in gallon cans from my local commerical wood and cabinetry shop. I'm not one of those people who has any affection for or use for hide glue. I've used that stuff before, and its only reason for existence is to build and repair stringed instruments in the violin family.
     
  15. Fret-Shredder

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    Beautifully done. They look absolutely amazing. I'm partial to Purple.
     

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