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Silver grill for SVT cl head

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by fritjof, Jun 20, 2014.

  1. fritjof


    Apr 26, 2008
    I don't know if someone posted this question previously, but I haven't been able to find any signs of that.

    I am a (very happy and content) owner of an Ampeg SVT cl, but lately I have come to think that it would look even cooler with a silver clothed front, like this one:


    Does anyone know whether it's possible to make such a change to the cl-head by oneself?

    Thank you in advance
  2. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Replacing the grille cloth is easy if you have a staple gun. The sell them at hardware stores. The baffle frame pops out of the amp and you can see how the current cloth is attached.

    Loud uses the blue silver cloth on some of their amps. It is a reproduction of the cloth that Ampeg used in the late 60's to 1980. It is available from places that sell amp parts. In the US, http://www.tubesandmore.com/products/S-G294, or http://www.fliptops.net/catalog/p-100492/ampeg-70s-1967-1980-style-cloth-by-the-ft sells it by the foot.
  3. fritjof


    Apr 26, 2008
    Great! Thank you for the reply. I didn't know it just popped out. I 'gonna see if I can get it done:)
  4. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    There are different ways to get at it. If you remove the screws on the top, you can slide out the preamp. This will give you access to the front grille frame. When you remove the frame, you will also be removing the fan. There is a molex connector at the end of the fan cable that will need to be disconnected on the power amp chassis which is on the bottom of the cabinet. Then the front frame can be pulled off. It is attached on the left and right side with a sturdy velcro type of fastener.

    This will help to see how to disassemble the amp: http://www.bustedgear.com/repair_Ampeg_svt_classic_shutoff.html

    Be careful. Even though the amp is unplugged, there are lethal voltages stored in the capacitors inside the chassis.
  5. Grenade Face

    Grenade Face

    Jul 25, 2008
    Resurrecting this to see what you ended up doing as I am trying to do the same. Were you able to just pop the grill out or did you have to unscrew the top screws and slide out the preamp?
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    The preamp blocks the grill from popping out. I would definitely pull it just to keep it from damaging the cloth.
  7. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    hmmm , i recovered my SVT Heritage to match my 212 cab .
    bought the cloth from fliptops.com
    the front is held on by velcro strips and was fairly easy to pull out .
    i like the look ...
    punchclock likes this.
  8. mattscud55


    Nov 21, 2010
    Albany, NY
    Just put a silver grill cloth on my SVT-CL with the 212-AV. I think it looks super sharp and classic. Got it on FlipTops, and it took me less than 5 minutes to complete the swap. 2A1EBD69-D442-467E-9DBC-75E7BC7F8288.
  9. Looks good. The blue/silver cloth makes a sharp looking grille.
    mattscud55 likes this.

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