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Need Original '59 Bassman Recovered

1/14/2005 9:19 AM
Tim C.
Need Original '59 Bassman Recovered
Can anyone recommend a reliable person or business to recover an original 1959 narrow panel tweed Bassman cab? Someone had recovered it in black vinyl years ago. I have removed that. Now it just needs to be retweeded. Since it is an original I don't want to do it myself.  
I was also going to buy a replacement cab but note that MOJO is out of stock on every single cab they list. What is up with that?  
Tim C.
1/14/2005 9:35 AM
Hey Tim,  
Where are you located?  
There is a really good fellow here in Ottawa (Canada).  
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1/14/2005 11:38 AM
Tim C.

Thanks, but I am in the mid US. Probably a hassle to send it north.  
Thanks anyway.  
1/14/2005 10:14 PM
Can Mike Clark do it? I have his Champ, Deluxe and Bassman style amps and the tweed is gorgeous on them.  
1/15/2005 8:02 AM
mark h

Where are you located? I do tweed amp restoration. If I were looking to have the job done, I would make sure the new tweed was applied using hide glue, as the original was. This may not have an affect on the tone, but I prefer to keep an amp as authentic as possible. Rodgers amps was always a good choice for restoration but I don't know if he still does it. Good luck...M
2/3/2005 2:22 AM
Bob M.

Hi Tim,  
I just got back my original 5F6-A cabinet from Greg Hopkins, Vintage Amp Repair, in St. Louis, not too far from you. He does first-class work at reasonable prices, although he's not the fastest man in show business. He did a 10 point job in every way but the only thing I would have done differently was have the aged tweed a little darker, like the newer Fender Bassmans (What are they called now? - The ones with a bias control). I didn't specify how aged to make it and just asked him to do it as he saw fit. I am very happy with his work.  
Bob M.
2/3/2005 9:22 PM
Mark Hammer
Doug Brash at Vintage Sound Works (actually, he IS VSW) in Ottawa did me up a rear panel for my original 59 (it was missing when I bought the amp), and the only way I can figure that he made it match as cosmetically flawlessly with the rest of the cab is that he locked himself in a closet with a couple of cartons of smokes, a lotta coffee, and a two-four of beer for a weekend, along with a hunk of wood and some tweed material. Just impeccable work.
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