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Fender Vibroverb 63 Re-issue
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Dave_Mc
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 18, 2009 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sorry to hear about the speaker- i have no idea how to fix that. i guess if you're considering ordering another one anyway, you might as well try john's advice to see if that works...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looks as though John was right. I did a patch repair with 8 or 9 pieces of black tissue paper & some watered-down PVA glue. Work in progress:



Drying:



Finished repair, 24 hours later:



24 hours after the repair, the amp was run for over an hour with the volume set on 10! It seems to have been a complete success, so I have cancelled the new speaker. I'm surprised, but very happy.

Thanks to John for his excellent advice.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad it worked out Mike, you should always listen to me, I'm not often wrong!!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sweet, glad to hear it worked out.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had a yard of replacement grille cloth for the Vibroverb on order since January from www.guitar-parts-and-spares-uk.com . Apparently Fender have changed their distributor, & nothing is coming in. This is a real pain.



Can anyone help me with an alternative source for Fender grille cloth? I have suggested that the supplier I have ordered from tries Fender Japan, but I have no idea if they have anything suitable.

Failing that, can anyone suggest a close alternative I could use until I get the proper cloth? The trouble is that brown Tolex is quite a rare colour, & it's hard to get something that looks right.

Any ideas? Here's the cloth I need to replace.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tube town maybe ( www.tube-town.de ) ? i've never ordered from them, just heard of them... they're based in germany. there are probably other places in the UK which'd be worth looking at too, but I haven't heard of them...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That doesn't need replacing, Mike - looks just right!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It did then, it doesn't since the speaker got damaged & repaired.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, the tear got bigger? Erk.

Cream would work. It'll look different, but it'll work fine. If you want any mock-ups give me a shout; it's the work of seconds to colourise the grillcloth in photoshop.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AlanN wrote:
Ah, the tear got bigger? Erk.

Cream would work. It'll look different, but it'll work fine. If you want any mock-ups give me a shout; it's the work of seconds to colourise the grillcloth in photoshop.


Is it? So would this one (from the site Dave posted) work? It looks too bright, but it's the nearest they seem to have:

http://www.tube-town.net/ttstore/product_info.php/info/p2129_Grillcloth-Fender-Beige-Brown-SAMPLE.html
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't worry, it'll look much darker when in situ - see this example:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/417YrbHM2VL._SL500_AA250_.jpg

This photo shows the cloth laid down and photographed with a flash, and the cloth in place on an amp.

Edit: another example of beige-brown in place:

http://www.vintage-vibe.net/Images/Projects/THD_Lookalike.jpg
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just checked what yours is supposed to be - it's wheat (same as brown-beige). Should be a perfect match, but it'll look a bit strange at first because it's so new (especially if the tolex has discoloured a bit). Give it time though.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suspect your camera has done your amp a disservice in your original pic and overdone the colour; there's an unnatural purple tinge to things. That said, even this might be too bright for what it'll finally look like:

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blimey, how did you do that? It must be witchcraft...

This is the most recent photo I have, for comparison purposes. So you reckon it's a good match then, bearing in mind that the original cloth is (I assume) over 15 years old?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely. And once you've done a few gigs with it, it'll soon lose that too-new vibe. There are aging techniques for these too - staining with coffee and tea etc - if you can be bothered!
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