Replacing Grill Cloth

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  1. matttornado

    matttornado Well-Known Member

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    Anyone replace their grill cloth on their combos or speaker cabs?

    I'd like to replace the boring plain black grill cloth to maybe the salt & pepper type on my DSL40CR, 4x12 cab and maybe my 1x12 cab.

    Just curious to hear people's experiences and tips or tricks.

    thanks
     
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    Obi Plexi-nobi Well-Known Member

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    I recently mentioned to a new post to notice the direction of the 'salt & pepper' nibs, i.e. Marshall ran the lighter nibs VERTICAL on a basketweave 4x12 cab & on combo amps.
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    Obi Plexi-nobi Well-Known Member

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    Of course, it can be different on newer Marshalls... dsl.jpg
     
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    Obi Plexi-nobi Well-Known Member

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    Cool... marshall-dsl40c-limited-edition-vintage-40w-1x12-tube-guitar-combo-amp.jpg
     
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    I've replaced lots of grill cloths. I've never been a fan of boring black either, so I've replaced the grill cloth on every black cab I've ever had. Just make sure to keep it snug as you staple it and you should be good to go. It's very easy to do. Sometimes it's useful to have an extra set of hands to help hold tight while you staple. Good luck!
     
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    matttornado Well-Known Member

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    Thank you so much! How do I remove and put back on the marshall logo? It's held in by pins or little posts right?
     
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    Yeah it's just little plastic posts on the back. Be careful to pry evenly when pulling it off the cab so you don't break the posts. When you go to put it back on, shine a light on the cab where the logo goes and you should be able to see where every post goes. Then carefully just push it through the grill cloth. If that makes you nervous you can poke a drill bit in each hole before you put the logo back on. I've done it both ways with no problems.
     
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    in the OP here:

    http://www.marshallforum.com/threads/retolex-tool-question.111833/

    go to 40:30 in the video...

     
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    If I'm using a different size logo, I push the pins thru a sheet of typing paper, them trace around the logo using a fine-point pencil. Then I cut out a bit (a small rectangle) around the logo tracing, using it as a template to position the logo/mounting pins on the front of the cab, so the logo can be centered & the pin holes cab be drilled in correct location.

    If reusing the original logo, I just use a safety pin to locate the existing holes, waller the grille fabric out a bit at each pin, then push them thru. I've had to drill out broken pins before on used cabs I bought, & do it before installing new grille, so the new grille's threads don't get caught in the spinning drill bit.
     
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    Here's a tool which I copied from a carpetfitters kit. Helps to hold tension on ends and corners of replacement grill cloth....especially "Salt and pepper" or 'Basketweave'....while you staple it in place.
    See also locating pins on back of Marshall logo/badge. Best way to remove is to push gently from rear of the panel they're mounted in...if drilled right through. Also use a thin tea knife to gently pry off.
    Uploaded pic but it disappeared...will reduce file size and re-post.
     
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    telerepairman New Member

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    THE TOOL IS A 4 INCH SQUARE PIECE OF WOOD WITH PANEL PINS HAMMERED THROUGH IT. PIN ENDS LEVELLED TO SPREAD THE GRIP, BY FIRST HAMMERING ONTO CONCRETE FLOOR OR PIECE OF METAL. LIKE A REALLY NASTY HAIRBRUSH!
     
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    My dad made one of those for laying carpet!
     

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