Refurbish or Leave Cabinet Alone

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  1. Rokdog

    Rokdog Member

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    I Was looking for some opinions on weather or not to re do my cabinet. I have had it since about 1975 and it still sounds great, no rattles or loose parts. it has three original greenbacks, and one which is a black back. Somewhere along the line I changed it and it is the one that usually gets miked dont know why just how it is. I am more concerned with the grill cloth that seems to be deteriorating as I type! I would like to know if anyone else would change it, or just let it be! maybe a few suggestions as to what would be the proper grill.

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    Old Punker Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I would probably get it redone, depending on price. But if you are handy and can redo it yourself, that's even better. I'd use similar colors and cloth, it would look awesome. Give it a second life!
     
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    Dogs of Doom >>> Moderator <<< Staff Member

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    leave it. that grillcloth is unobtainable...

    If you do change it, carefully remove it & give it to me...
     
  4. VERVEHAMMER

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    I guess I'm torn... : )


    I asked myself the same question about a Tan faded JCM800 1982 400 Watt B cab, I own. A 2" tear in the cloth near the bottom. I could carefully stitch it with a curved upholstery needle, but the look hasn't put me over the top to actually do it.

    Your logo still looks good.
    I would leave it, while you deep dive the procedure and cost.
    Either way you go would be a win.

    "I don't know where, but it takes me there....Marshall Land"
     
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    Scumback Speakers Well-Known Member

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    I'd just leave that cab alone.
     
  6. MikeyDude

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    Leave it alone - If you want a newer looking one, shop around on CraigsList or eBay and maybe you can find one that's empty - then just put your speaks in it. Or you can at least find a deal on one... They're going for just a few hundred these days.
     
  7. Matthews Guitars

    Matthews Guitars Well-Known Member

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    Personally I'd want to redo it. It's not a particularly rare cabinet type. I like my stuff to look good. If the wear and tear doesn't add historical value or significance, I'd want to undo that damage.

    What I'd do, personally, is backdate it to pinstripe specs and may even spring for the EC Collins pinstripe grill cloth. That's just the look I like best. Alternatively just refresh it to be as it was when new. New corners, handles, skid plates, tolex, and grill cloth if you can find the pattern you want most.
     
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  8. fitz288

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    My question would be - are you ever going to sell it?
    If so, you may want to leave it as is.
    Some people think that old beat up original decorations are valuable for some reason.
    It doesn't sound the way it does from the torn tolex, and out of production ripped grill cloth.
    If you're keeping it till death do us part, do what ever the F you want with it.
    I put new grill cloth & logos on my '93 ~ 6101/6912, because they looked like crap in my living room.
     
  9. Dogs of Doom

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    the small cheque' grill cloth is rare...

    You simply can not get it, anywhere, in the world, unless someone removes it from a cab like this, carefully & lets you have it...
     
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    Maybe stitch it with beige thread and marker in an approximation of the pattern?
     
  11. Seanxk

    Seanxk Well-Known Member

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    Leave it, it's value is as it is now.
    Why are you concerned?, do you gig it often and treat it badly, if so sell it and buy something already restored ( yuck ).
     
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    I'd redo it. No offense, but it looks beyond beat up. It looks dilapidated and like it was found underwater. It does not have that "cool" road-torn look to me. That chopped up wood showing is way to excessive.

    Redo.

    :2c: :)
     
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    Chris-in-LA Well-Known Member

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    It doesn’t look that bad to me. I’d leave it.
     
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    Looks good to me, why ruin it? Small check cabs are going up in value all the time. If you strip all the original materials off you can kiss goodbye to that.
     
  15. Matthews Guitars

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    You could always just repair or replace the tolex and leave the grill cloth alone.

    I have a set of leather punches that I use to do small to medium size repairs on tolex. Punch out the damaged area,
    punch out a matching patch, glue it in carefully. Properly done the repairs are essentially invisible.
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    Is doesnt look terrible I'd leave it alone. :yesway:
     
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    You could marker in the missing spots to make it look clean from a few feet away
     
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  18. Rokdog

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    Thanks for all the replies back!...I am going to leave it be and not take it out anymore. I have a cover for it so that will keep it preserved for awhile longer.

    Thanks again for the comments!
     
  19. Dogs of Doom

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    I've seen a lot worse than yours, still getting tugged out & gigged...

    Here's mine:

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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    i see the argument for both sides. i like my amps looking nice though too.
    its not in that bad of shape really. now you just gotta go find a head that
    matches.
     

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