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Best Tolex Color Combo?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Bassdirty, May 19, 2011.

  1. Bassdirty


    Jul 23, 2010
    Okay, I figgered this is in the right place, as its basically a question on preference of "amp related topic".

    I've decided to re tolex my Rattty furry looking Epifani 112 cabs.

    What do YOU think is the best Tolex to go with my "most likley" refinished Black grilles?

    I've seen some awesome looking cabs (especially in that 1x112 thread).
    White looks awesome, but lets face it, these will see several gigs a month...so..
    So far, I'm leaning toward the "wine"...Like this classy beauty:
    I think that would go awesome with black grillage..?..

    What say you?
    Aqua Blue?:meh:
    Wine snake skin? :hyper:

    If you have a pic of something awesome/cool/different lets see it.
    (I'm also NOT against maybe painting the grill suttin other than black)
    ps, as funny as it would be,(And it is a metal grille) I don't really play Metal.So that joke...maaay not have the impact we might hope.;)

    Thanks In advance for your (Honest/legit) opinions and cooperation.
  2. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    NY & MA
    All depends on what you want your cabs to sound like.

    Black yields a very dark tone.
    Aqua Blue gives a tone that can only be described as fluid.
    Green, I find, has a very fresh, spring like sound.
    And wine snake skin, well, makes any tone sort of thin. slippery, and stumbles frequently.

    Hope that helps....:bassist:
  3. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
  4. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
  5. Slowgypsy, what does orange sound like? Just so us Orange users know what we sound like.
  6. I think that Mesa stack is Beautimus!! Mos Scosious!! Desatively Bonaroo!! :hyper:

    I also like the reverse of that. Tweed or blonde with burgundy grills. i'm just a fan of that "Real Vintage" look. Old Fender, Klipsch, Advent, etc.
  7. Tweed, blonde, or orange.
  8. JonnyAngle

    JonnyAngle Dropping Acid Pedal Etching .com Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 24, 2008
    Maple Grove, MN
    Mostly sweet sounding.
  9. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    NY & MA
    Freshly squeezed ;)
  10. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
  11. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    Tweed is classic, very nice.
    I also like Avatar's blue and orange cabs.
  12. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    I recovered my SWR in baby blue. sure beats the old "rat fur and metal grill" look

  13. JxBass

    JxBass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2008
    I too like Mesa's Wine Taurus with Tan Cloth Grill look and had it installed on my LDS 12/6:

  14. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    I was immediately very pleased looking at the Mesa rig the OP has... VERY pretty...

    I've also really liked the dark green tolex I've seen on old Matchless amps...

    And the light brown of an Aguilar can hardly be denied...

    So many fun choices!
  15. Phendyr_Loon


    Sep 4, 2010
    JxBass, I went for the exact opposite for my 2x12!

    Blonde tolex, Oxblood grille.
  16. Bassdirty


    Jul 23, 2010
    Did you "make the grille?"..Or go over the metal?

    Great ideas..keep em comin' ..with pics;)

    Man..those are lookin good.
  17. Bassdirty


    Jul 23, 2010
    I think that belongs to Aladinsane1969..I just quoted the pic:D

    but man that looks nice.
  18. Spinal Tapper

    Spinal Tapper

    Nov 15, 2007
    I actually put the cloth on over the original metal grill for extra reinforcement. You can barely see through the black unless direct light hits it (and still looks cool, actually) I folded it over twice for extra darkness.

    I bought all the parts online - spent around $100 on the whole project.
  19. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Thinking on it, it seems to me that were re-covering my cabs, I'd think about the sorts of gigs I was playing... and the way I schlep my cabs... I wouildn't want a nice clean "baby blue" cover if I knew the cab was being tossed into a dirty pickup truck bed every weekend...
  20. Phendyr_Loon


    Sep 4, 2010
    I made a 3/4" thick wood frame and stretched the grille cloth over it and stapled it on the back of the frame.

    If you don't have enough space between the front of the baffle and the front edge of the cabinet, you're best option is to cloth over the metal.

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