Gussied up my beat SVT cabinet

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by evilfirbolg, Nov 26, 2022.

  1. evilfirbolg


    Oct 7, 2021
    Taos, NM
    Like most others, my tolex was like maple leaves in the fall; thin and on the ground. My grill cloth was just as miserable and the grill frame was a Pringle. I'm cheap and lazy, I am a bass player after all, so I decided rather than re-tolex I'd give the old Behr Deckover a shot. Cut a new one piece grill frame out of some scrap plywood. Found some nice Guilford of Maine fabric that ATS Acoustics got to me quickly. Made some skids from some cutting board scrap material that I use for making rally car skid plates and made a kick plate from anotherwasted old rally car aluminum skid plate I had laying about. I'm pretty stoked with how it turned out and thought I'd share some pics.
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  2. Very nice job! You over-exaggerate your laziness. :thumbsup:
  3. blowinblue

    blowinblue Kind of not blue. Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    SoCal USA
    Nicely done! You set a good example for the rest of us lazy folks.

    M. M.
  4. Old Fart

    Old Fart Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    "Lazy" is a method that is different from the one you used. Nice job!
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  5. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    Wow... that looks absolutely fantastic! :thumbsup:
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  6. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    That really looks good.
  7. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
  8. prowla


    Aug 19, 2004
    Look mint!
  9. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Nice work!
  10. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    I dig it.

    You gotta pop the ampeg logo plate back on it though.
  11. swink


    Jan 10, 2019
    Lazy is the mother of invention.:thumbsup:
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  12. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Well worth the effort!
  13. Oatis


    Nov 6, 2018
    I have a Ashdown head like yours. Will it drive that cabinet nearly as loud or nearly as good sound as the tube SVT head?
  14. reno88

    reno88 Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2008
    This is cool, but let's hear more about your rally car adventures!
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  15. Wow, people who actually DO things amaze!

    It tells us more about the rally cars.
  16. evilfirbolg


    Oct 7, 2021
    Taos, NM
    Thanks folks. Timing was an issue as I only had a few days to get it done before it needed to go back into service. Definitely pleased with the job so far. We'll see how it holds up.

    Jeezy, probably not gonna put the badge back on, i like the clean look of it. Everyone knows what it is.

    Oatis, that head is the 800 watt version. It sounds amazing and drives it just fine. My master volume rarely cracks 1/4. That setup is my more portable club gig rig. When I I'm in full tilt mode my full rig is much gnarlier. I run an Ashdown RPM-1 preamp into a Peavey IPR 3000 power amp and biamp the lows to a 15 an 18. This is it in my room at home.. 20221124_163306.jpg

    reno88, I am not doing stage rally at this time. My car is set up for multiple things and hillclimbs are my love but mainly it is actually a daily driver. I live in the mountains and drive.... aggressively. It is a fully caged and built race car though....with a plate on it.
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  17. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    South Shore MA
    Sorry for my ignorance… is the Behr Deckover similar to Duratech or other such acrylic coating?
  18. evilfirbolg


    Oct 7, 2021
    Taos, NM
    Similar in effect. It is a deck paint and cheaper than Duratech. Also available in more colors and is at Home Depot so easy to get. I paid 43 bucks for a gallon and used half of it. Gonna also eventually do my 15s and 18s with it and make matching grills as well.
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  19. evilfirbolg


    Oct 7, 2021
    Taos, NM
    For those interested in using the Deckover I had to develop a technique to get the results I desired. For the first coat I actually would apply with a brush and then with a roller in the other hand promptly smooth out what I had just applied until I had covered the entire cabinet. If I just tried to do it with the roller it tended to clump up.

    For successive coats (I did 3) I just used a brush.
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  20. covermego

    covermego Still here....... Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Redding, CA
    I love the color, at least coming through on my monitor.
    Now, it's time to tune your bass to G-U-A-C !
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