Fender Rumble 60 "TV-Style" Project

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by M.R. Ogle, Dec 9, 2016.


  1. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I got this Fender Rumble 60 in a trade, and I thought it sounded pretty good, but I wasn't thrilled with its generic, black rat-fur and stack-corners appearance. So, I ripped off the black covering, built an old-school TV-style front panel, and re-covered the little amp in Tweed pattern tolex to look similar to one of those Fender TV series amps. Added some white knobs (may do chicken-heads later) and while I was at it, I upgraded to a Genz-Benz Neo 12" speaker.
    I think it looks MUCH cooler now! TV Amp.jpg
     

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  2. lowplaces

    lowplaces Got Punch ?

    Dec 20, 2015
    Louisville Kentucky
    Definitely an improvement over the rat fur.

    Good job !
     
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  3. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Wow Man! Outstanding job! That's an original first generation Rumble 2003-2009.
     
  4. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Yeah.... even has the goofy pulsing red lights in the port. I like it!
     
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  5. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    Very nice.
     
  6. Is it much of a bother taking the rat fur off? I'd do it to my 15w but I fear it will look worse and it isn't worth the investment to do too much to it.
     
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  7. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    The rat fur pulls off fairly easily, but the remaining glue redidue takes some sanding and scraping to get it all off. Here's where I got the covering, piping, and grille cloth:
    speaker building parts hardware and supplies
     
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  8. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Get an old Fender metal badge or decal to cover up the play-school writing "Rumble" and you'd be set.
     
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  9. MrCash

    MrCash

    Jan 16, 2016
    Fantastic job!
     
  10. I'm really digging this. Very good job!


    I like the 55? P bass leaning next to it as well.
     
  11. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    1956. But they make a nice pair!

    It would be fairly easy for Fender to make small bass amps like this.... and I'd bet they'd sell a few!
     
  12. pudgychef

    pudgychef In Memoriam

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China
    Looks great!! Fantastic job..how does it sound with the new speaker?
     
  13. arbiterusa

    arbiterusa

    Sep 24, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Massive aesthetic improvement. I'd play one.
     
  14. I agree, would be a nice touch on an already fantastic job! :thumbsup:
     
  15. THAT is awesome. Great job!
     
  16. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    I envy your skill in refinishing this in such a professional manner. Well done.
     
  17. BassFishingInAmerica

    BassFishingInAmerica

    Jul 24, 2014
    One of the nicest custom amps I've seen. Yes, to the chicken head knobs, if there is space between.
     
  18. Awesome. Can't go wrong with Tweed!!!
     
  19. Eric Swaim

    Eric Swaim GOD, U.S. MIlitary, Country Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Job well done, I will be shipping some cabs to you soon.
     
  20. Nice! - How much did it cost for the materials?
     
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