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My cab and amp stink, how can i remove it?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by IguanaFish, Jun 2, 2018.

  1. MatronMother


    Jun 22, 2009
    The Jimi Hendrix approach to gear cleaning. Whats good for Jimi...
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  2. BigBear77


    Aug 30, 2017
    Gasoline and a match
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  3. CatchaCuda

    CatchaCuda Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Transfer, PA
    two fingers layed down the law in post 11.

    Simply clean any dirt/dust and let the sun bake the smell out.
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  4. sears

    sears Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2005
    ec, md
    if your cabinet is farting I think that problem was just solved in Finland.
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  5. BillyBA


    May 17, 2017
    Atlanta, Ga
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  6. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    Take it home and soak it in cider...
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  7. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Pull out all the cab insulation and trash it, wipe down wood inside cab and back of cover with solution of baking soda, then borax, let dry in sun, install new insulation.

    You can wipe down speakers with a lightly dampened cloth of same.

    Wipe down outside of Tolex with same.

    For inside of amp, pick up some incense you like, find a large box to cover amp, poke a few holes in opposite sides, light incense, cover incense and amp. Burn incense for a couple of days. Probably best outside.
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2018
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  8. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009


    If is is "rat fur" covered, I'd spray the outside down with Fabreeze until I'm cool with it. I wouldn't spray anything inside.

    You could put something like the fabreeze "small spaces" things and just attach it down in there. The downside is replacing the insert every so often.

    Good Luck!
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  9. five7

    five7 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2009
    Don't clean it, mojo will leave and amp will sound bad or sit it outside and let the sun do magic.
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  10. hydrogen peroxide. It reacts with organics to break them down. I had a cat (it lived) that peed on my rat fur cabinet. the HP killed the odor quick. you could add a few drops of Dawn, to help. If you have a hard surface cabinet you can also add a teaspoon of Baking soda to the mix, but that will leave a bit of residue when it dries.
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  11. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    23 ft below sea level
    Ground coffee is known for sucking odors out.
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  12. bobcruz


    Mar 10, 2004
    Fragrance is in the fingers. I'm pretty sure I've read that here on TalkBass a number of times. :whistle:
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  13. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    I wouldn't use Dawn without being able to thoroughly rinse it off/out.
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  14. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    White vinegar and water?
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    BASSKADET Gold Supporting Member

    May 17, 2007
    The guy that owned my house before me smoked. I had small bags made of loose weave cotton filled with fresh cedar chips. It did get rid of the smell over time.
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  16. vvvmmm


    Dec 6, 2016
    Playing through any Zvex distortion pedal with all knobs on "10" will kill anything.

    Or, a few zaps of patchouli strategically placed - smells like Deadheads.
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  17. gumtown


    May 7, 2007
    New Zealand
    I would look inside the cabinet and remove the rats nest for a start.

    think outside the box..
    You could stuff a tampon up each nostril.
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  18. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    +1 with @two fingers :thumbsup:

    Sunlight and outside air nuked the club cigarette and DNA odors out of a carpet covered cab I owned. Took a couple of repeat exposures. But after a week the smell was gone. And it’s true that it smells a little worse before it starts getting better since the stuff starts flushing up to the surface the first time or two you give it a sunbath.

    In a burst of excessive zeal I also hit mine with some Scotch spray on carpet and upholstry cleaner after that. Just follow the instructions on the can. Check it on a small inconspicuous spot first to make sure it doesn’t bleach the color. (It didn’t on mine.) Also be sure not to get any on the speakers or in any jacks or other electrical things. I just taped some cardboard over the front grille and protected the backplate and jacks with some strips of painters masking tape.

    Scrubbed up really well.
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2018
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  19. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    HELP ME!!! Rat Fur Removal Advice Needed
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  20. DanAdams

    DanAdams Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2013
    White vinegar in a spray bottle. It's a miracle product and so cheap that it's almost free.
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