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 #84021  by javalina
 Sat Jul 24, 2010 9:09 am
Does anybody have experience making tie died speaker covers at home? I really like the look of the ones at Hard Truckers; I was thinking it might make a good little do it yourself project.
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 #84023  by Rusty the Scoob
 Sat Jul 24, 2010 10:10 am
We had a discussion about them a while back which would be good to search out and read. One member was going to try making some, not sure if he ever did.

I bought some tie-dyed cloth at a fabric store that seemed thin enough to work but I thought it muffled the sound just a tiny bit, so that's as far as I got.
 #84026  by erock
 Sat Jul 24, 2010 11:02 am
I found some local who loved the idea of doing tie dyed amp covers and made me small ones for one of my amps cheap. They were done on muslin. Actually I am meeting her tomorrow about doing another one for my recently acquired twin. If you want I could send you her information
 #84035  by javalina
 Sat Jul 24, 2010 2:09 pm
That would be great to have her info. I am going to need some covers when I build some bass cabs. For my little amp I have now, I may do as one guy suggested and just nail up my old t-shirt over the grill.
 #84050  by brutusbuck45
 Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:23 am
Yea, that was me that was considering making my own the tie-dye cover(s). In fact, that may have been some of my first posts when I joined RUKIND. :cool: Anyway, its been discussed and certainly has been done. There were numerous pics posted from those that have tried it. Some were pro (HardTruckers), some homemade, some even used old t-shirts. I think the material was the key factor. Too dense and your tone could possibly be muffled. I did a few "practice" covers and temp stapled them to the existing frame of my Super 60 combo. While they gave me an idea what they would look like, the cheap craft store dyes just didn't do it for me. I had every intention of ordering some better dyes and colors from Dharma or one of the on-line supply companies. I just never did. So, its been discussed, do a search for the thread. There are various ways to approach this, and like tie-dying, there really is no wrong way to do it.

Good luck.
 #84064  by raisingfreen
 Sun Jul 25, 2010 3:01 pm
Hello all, I had ordered a very nice cotton batik grill cover from Hard Truckers about 9 months ago. It was used for a 57 Tweed Deluxe. I was so pleased about the look of the new amp that I did not immediately notice the difference in tone. In my opinion the cotton cloth I got from them absolutely muffles the tone. I have since taken mine off and used the original fender grill cloth and it was like night and day. The fabric is so tightly knit on the HD one that it just does not let the air move through enough (again, in my opinion). Glenn at Hard Truckers was great to deal with when I ordered this so I have no complaints overall. Just keep this in mind. Maybe the silk does a better job at letting air/sound penetrate. There may be a way for me to loosen up the fabric a bit too. I will call him and see what he says and report back. The price of these is not cheap so consider this before you order on for an expensive 2x12 cab. I imagine most jerry type cabs don't use the cloth covers anyway and the JBLs are exposed. They do look really cool though. I just hope I can figure out how to make the fabric open up a bit so I can re-attach.
 #84066  by JonnyBoy
 Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:04 pm
I went to a place that sold used hotel sheets for a dollar and bought a few to make into wall sized dies. I also cut up a few and used a few cuttings to cover my speakers. The thin cotton sheet does little to my twin in terms of tone, but its possible that could happen. I bought 3 colors primary, Red, Blue and Yellow and made spirals. It was easy and all the dyes rang in under 7 dollars. You can go online and learn some basic dye techniques, its pretty easy.
 #84068  by hogan
 Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:08 pm
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 #84783  by gr8fullfred
 Sat Aug 07, 2010 11:44 am
I recently bought some material from my local fabric store (a small one) and they had several nice "batik" fabrics.
Looks just like tie dye, very nice. They had several different types with different color themes. Very very nice. An option worth checking out,Fred
 #101108  by jahozer
 Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:53 am
We just made a few. We used muslin as that is a very loose thread count. I will a/b the tone factor as best as I can, but I really dont think, other than convincing myself either way, it will be noticeable at playing volume