Beat-down Ampeg cab gets some love

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by fourlow, Mar 22, 2017.

  1. fourlow

    fourlow Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Vancouver, BC
    So I have been looking for a second SVT 15e cab in my local CL for a while with not much luck (lots of fridges tho). Then, one day last week this old warrior shows up...... Seen better days for sure. The cab's leading edges have been absolutely shredded by someone's kitty including the grill fabric, too numerous to count tears and missing bits of tolex & the speaker is blown... just in rough shape. I ended up trading the owner a fishing rod I had lying around for the cab, he would have also been happy with 30 bux..... a solid start.



    I decided the best course of action would be to have the original driver re-coned and to re-tolex the cab and replace the shredded grill cloth. So I ordered up the materials that I would need to get the cab back in fighting shape and dropped of the driver to be re-coned. Meanwhile I took to removing the old tolex, cleaning up the hardware and prepping the cab for it's new clothes. One week later driver is ready, good as new and the cab has gone thru full rehab and is ready to rock once more!



    So here is Heckle & Jeckle. 2x SVT 15e (2005 and 1992 respectively) driven by a PF-500.... nothing but goodness.


    All sounds right in the world.

    Total cost for materials and re-cone was $200 USD ($250 CAN).
  2. blubass


    Aug 3, 2007
    Modesto Ca
    Current: Blackstar, DR strings, Nady. Previous endorsements with: GK, Rotosound, Ernie Ball, Cleartone, EMG, Dean, Dava Picks, Rebel Straps, Dickies
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  3. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Sweet! Looks great
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  4. fourlow

    fourlow Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Vancouver, BC
    Cheers @blubass @Crusher47
    It's a cool time we live in right now, so much information available to us all! 15 years ago I would have no idea how to do this and I for sure would not have attempted it.
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  5. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
    Looks great. Nice work. The only problem now is, you'll have to do the other cab to match. :D
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  6. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Looks awesome! Now you need a black and white bass to go with that, too :laugh:
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  7. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. In Memoriam

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    Beautiful double stack! Bet you flap a few pant legs now! Here's your bass!

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  8. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Very nice job! You do realize that's Fender grillcloth, though, right?

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  9. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    And Showman Tolex.
    Beautiful job!
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  10. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Heh, I guess you're right. I guess that makes it an Ampder.
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  11. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
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  12. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Since it's an Ampeg cab, I think Ampeg shout get billing :D
  13. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Ampfenpegder? Now a Dutch cab?
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  14. TinIndian

    TinIndian Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Micco Florida
    I love seeing old gear brought back from the grave. If you hadn't grabbed that chances are likely it would have ended up in a landfill. Now it's ready to go for another 25 years or more.

    Great job!
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  15. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Good on ya' for taking this project on and making it work! Did a similar recover but on a smaller scale 1-12 using blue diamond tolex. Like your's, well worth the effort.
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  16. fourlow

    fourlow Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Vancouver, BC
  17. When I first saw the pics, I didn't understand all the work, but after seeing it finished, I totally get it...looks great man! I have no idea what the re-coning and materials cost, but it's great for sure, congrats!
  18. How did you get rid of those big gouges on the corners? Wood filler? Just wonder if it would shake loose.
  19. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Too much hip thrust
    Looks great!
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  20. Awesome job!

    I got a used 410 HE from GC and hired
    Fliptops to make a new grill cloth for it. I dont mind a little tolex damage but I like my grill cloths to look good!
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