In a previous entry, I showed the Hot Rod Deluxe PTP Tweed Rebuild prototype I developed. That particular amp is my personal one, and that is the second version of that design. That first prototype was not as pretty on the inside, but hey, it was just a prototype. Also, it was over a year ago that I finished the initial project. The prototype has since been re-wired with the finalized design.
This likely candidate was found at a bargain price; from a seller who bought the Hot Rod at a pawn shop strictly to use as a modding/repair platform. It ended up here in Denton with the intention of being resurrected with my design. The new owner actually wanted to make it like new, so we decided to re-tweed it ALL the way.
After it was disassembled prior to surgery, I stripped the cabinet bare in preparation for a proper re-tweed. Here it is...a typical "Before and After":
Just another typical Fender Hot Rod Deluxe turned into a 1959 Tweed Pro again. The Hot Rods transformers and tube complement make the perfect platform for these rebuilds. Read about construction methods in the previous article, but here are some shots of this one.
The chassis laid out and build is in progress:
Here's a good shot of the faceplate installed. These are made by Weber Speakers and C.J. Sutton is always ready to help me get one made:
Tube sockets are wired to the board:
A good shot of the filament wiring:
And all finished awaiting installation in to the cab:
Now, back to the cabinet...its an ugly, but solid build. MDF with nailed and glued butt-jointed corners and such. Pretty scary...
Next, I cut the sides, top, bottom, and back panel pieces of tweed. Then I did the oxblood grillcloth on the speaker baffle:
And then it's out to the garage to apply glue. I used DAP Contact Cement and its brushed on the sides, then the side tweed pieces, then those are applied. The same is then done to the top and bottom and back panel.
The parts that take the most care are the corners.
Things begin to come together.
Some good shots of the special attention to the circuitry:
The back panel gets some shielding:
The final product: