Renewing an old speaker box

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Viviuos, Oct 21, 2004.

  1. Viviuos


    Jul 15, 2004
    Nehawka, Nebraska
    I recently bought a 115 Peavey 300 combo (the old style) and it looks a little rough but it sounds pretty good. So I’m thinking about redoing the outside, including the speaker cover. The speaker cover is a plastic mesh stuff with a few holes in it, I’m thinking about getting a metal mesh to go replace the old one. Are there any suggestions on which kind or where to get something. Also somebody took the Peavey name plate off of the front! (OK, honestly who takes that thing) The cover over the wood is like a hard plastic and I think that should not be to hard to remove. Will speaker carpet work for this type of setup? I’ve only been playing bass for about 4 months now so most of this is somewhat new to me, although I have done quite a bit with car audio in the past. I will see if I can get some pics so everybody will know what I’m talking about. Are there any suggestions or tips or techniques that would help me?
  2. Viviuos


    Jul 15, 2004
    Nehawka, Nebraska
    Because I'm vain and it looks like crap.
  3. Well I would contact the Peavy company. I would keep working the latter until you find the person who keeps track of the old grill cloth and stuff.

    One an amp like that, I would stick to OEM grill cloth and name plates. If you start putting subwoofer box carpeting on it, it will lose its collector's appeal.

    I'm sure Peavy will be reasonable on out of production parts.
  4. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Do it, its good fun, and that Peavey doesn't have any "collectors" resale evalue anyway.

    You can get most everything you are looking for at Grill cloth, outer covering, metal or plastic corner guards, etc. I get lots of stuff there, good prices, quick shipping.

    Best of luck, and have fun!
  5. rfalter


    Jul 20, 2004
    Pasadena, MD
    I have a sheet of metal speaker grill that I can let you have cheap. If you are interested let me know. It is black powder coated 1/2" square pattern.
  6. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Yikes! a refurbed Peavey ? If the cab itself is wood and not MDF, strip off the old covering, do a stain & urethane on the cab and cane the grill! At least you'll have a nice looking Peavey then! If you're really sick, then locate a Mesa badge for it. That oughtta drive any of your detail minded guitar / bass playing buddies nuts! :smug:

    I'm only semi-serious as I hope you can tell. I have an old Fender head that I refurbed that way and it's a great looking head. I did stop short of the Mesa badge though ... Never leaves the studio though so I don't worry about road-rash ...
  7. I still say he should use 100% geniune OEM Peavy parts, in order not to compormise collector appeal and resale value.

    addendum: Could you please attach a pic of your Peavy Combo so we can see it?
  8. Viviuos


    Jul 15, 2004
    Nehawka, Nebraska
    Thanks for the info. I think I am going to use aftermarket stuff, not new peavey stuff. I will porbibly use this one until i break it completly or it blows up so resale is not a big issue.
  9. Yeah man, we're just getting started here. Do you have a photo of the Peavey?

    It aint going to die. It ain't going to break. It could be sold, in theory anyway.
  10. Viviuos


    Jul 15, 2004
    Nehawka, Nebraska
    OK, here are some pics.


    Notice the hole in the middle?

    The plastic stuff is already coming off.

    I think i am going to have a friend paint the peavey logo above the speaker and some cool design around it. (in white) Also, what does everybody think about putting a blue LED along the inside of each port? With a metal cover in place of the plastic one so i can see everything.
  11. Thanks. Not as bad as you made it seem. Yeah you should make a work of art out of it. Have sombody paint a cool design or something on the grill cloth.

    Or you could restore it to OEM.
  12. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    Sorry in advance. Nothing personal..............

    What's the big freakin deal??? I was expecting a road marred warrior, not what i saw. If you revamp it and actually GIG with it, it's going to end up looking similar to that in a year or two. I can go with a steel grille, thats not such a big deal. But to strip it and paint it? If you're really that concerned use some superglue to reattach the edges, plastic wood to fill the "hole", and maybe find some black touchup paint at most. Jeez, that looks like every other peavey thats been gigged i ever saw. :rolleyes:
  13. Gotta agree with IvanMike on this one. If it were an old Ampeg, or some other vintage piece, perhaps restoration would be in order. But in this case...I wouldn't even bother with the steel grill. Glue the peeling edge on and touch up the hole and gig the heck out of it. After a couple years of hard use, when it looks really ratty, then put speaker carpet over it and replace the grill cloth...
  14. OEM all the way, man. I'm sure one day these are going to go down as icons in bass history, like the old ampeg portoflex. We are just being myopic. If he wants it to look cool, then he should go for it.
  15. RyanHelms


    Sep 20, 2003
    Cleveland, OH
    I have a jen-u-wine, oldschool, OEM [​IMG] nameplate for ya if you want it. PM me your mailing address and it's all yours for the refurb effort. Gotta be careful with those, though. Pointy little buggers.

    Oh yeah, and Parts Express is definately a sure place for amp/cab stuff. Them and Antique Electronic Supply.
  16. Viviuos


    Jul 15, 2004
    Nehawka, Nebraska
    Here are my plans. White painted peavey logo above the speaker. On the upper corners of the speaker (?) a blacklight celtic knot design. In each port a blue LED strip and over it all a black metal grill. Am i anal.....yes. I want things to look the way i want them to, at least my stuff anyways.

  17. Neon may be a bad idea, especially if anybody has got tube circuits on stage. Major cause of noise. how about spinners or curb feelers or leopard skin? (kidding)

    LEDs are fine. sorry. i was thinking you wanted neon.