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Tolex, Grill Cloth, Speaker Carpet

Started by dnarkosis, January 13, 2009, 09:28:48 AM

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Tolex, Grill Cloth, Speaker Carpet:

(1) Tolex

Note: the original Tolex is no longer made. Concerning what is available now, see the following post:

Parts is parts

also Mojomusic


(2) Grill Cloth

Parts is parts


(3) Contact cement for attaching Tolex can be found:

(1) at any Home-Depot type supplier:
DAP Weldwood non-flammable Neoprene based Contact Cement

(2) at Antique Electronic Supply, which carries a popular brand (bjammerz says: "great glue, allows you to lay the tolex down and reposition if it's bad") : Search "S-F316 "

(3) Mojomusic seems to have its own Tolex adhesive:

"Our Mojotone Tolex Glue is a one-part, waterbased contact cement. You can achieve beautiful results simply by applying a thin coat (either brushed or sprayed) to both your wood cabinet and the back of the Tolex. Allow the glue to dry to a transparent look (about 30 minutes), then apply the Tolex to the cabinet. You'll have a secure bond in seconds!

Mojotone Tolex Glue is so forgiving that the Tolex can be removed or repositioned without having to re-apply additional glue. Cleanup is a breeze and your final results would make any amp connoisseur envious!"

Here is a text-only account of a do-it-yourself Tolexing job:

And a video for the corners:

(4) Speaker Carpet

The variety of "speaker carpet covering" I used
is actually Ozite:

There is also a self-stick variety, though I've never seen it.

I used this material on my main axe because it is much tougher than Tolex and withstands the rigors of cartage and gigging much better. It looks very smart as well.

Spray adhesive for Ozite covering is available at

(Instabond)  or you can use the higher tack 3M spray adhesives (I used Super 77).
1979 Suitcase 73
1980 Stage 54


1979 Suitcase 73
1980 Stage 54