Anyone "Vintage" Their Tweed Case

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Anyone "Vintage" Their Tweed Case

Postby Ben Esparza » Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:41 pm

Okay...we know we can make a new tweed reissue amp look like it's 50 years old by giving it that "vintage" finish. Has anyone tried that with their tweed bass case? If so, what do you think. Got any pics? Please share.

Also...anywhere on the web that explains the step-by-step process of vintaging a tweed amp or case?
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Re: Anyone "Vintage" Their Tweed Case

Postby felig » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:49 am

I have not tried it, personally, but I read a brief article about doing just that in some guitar mag about 10 or 15 years ago. As I recall, the writer had better success with amps than with cases--he reported that he found some cases took on a greenish tint when he applied lacquer--apparently due to the adhesive that was used. I think he used a brushed lacquer rather than sprayed and did it in a series of thin coats. He suggests experimenting with a small area of the case to see if the lacquer reacts badly with the case tweed.

I've got two fender tweed amps--one is an older Blues Deluxe (back in the original made in USA period)with unlacquered tweed and a '59 Bassman LTD reissue which came with lacquered tweed. Someone had lacquered the back panel of the Blues Deluxe, they weren't real careful about masking off the chrome model badge on the panel, but it still looks pretty good. However, the lacquered tweed on the Bassman is much more subtle--I imagine that it was probably sprayed rather than brushed.

Good luck with your project.
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Re: Anyone "Vintage" Their Tweed Case

Postby bigfatbass » Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:34 am

I would also suggest spraying rather than brushing, and DEFINITELY test an area and let it sit for a few days before you make any moves.

Please post pics when you take the plunge
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Re: Anyone "Vintage" Their Tweed Case

Postby nolabass » Wed Apr 20, 2011 3:17 pm

Poor beer and a few full ashtrays on the floor...... let case soak up goo for a few hours......turn.....repeat. Whala... :hid:
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Re: Anyone "Vintage" Their Tweed Case

Postby bigfatbass » Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:59 pm

Or how about:

Step 1. Dip in pond water
Step 2. Dry in sun
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