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Early fender tweed direction

Postby PA100 on Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:30 am

I am building a copy of a '49-'52 fender TV front 1x15 pro amp. I was reading up how to tweed it. All the articles say that tweed should be put on with the stripe running diagonally 10 o'clock to 4 o'clock... And that is viewed from any side. And most pictures of tweed amps look like this. However when I look at the limited number of 1x15 TV front pro amps... The tweed runs the opposite diagonal... From 2 o'clock to 8 o'clock.., except where it's been recovered by someone. Has any one else noticed this? It seems to be only the TV front 15" that may have been "reverse covered". Seems strange.
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Re: Early fender tweed direction

Postby Bigsbyguy on Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:33 pm

Here's pics of 3 from that era with orig tweed. It's a bucket list amp for me. I bought the 1950 steel that came with the amp in the first picture. Yes it is 100%. The steel was as excellent. It sold for around 2800.
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Re: Early fender tweed direction

Postby PA100 on Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:44 am

Interesting. Cool amp eh. Tweed the"right"way on the front panel. Backwards on the others. Maybe they just did it all directions on these early twenties.
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Re: Early fender tweed direction

Postby Bigsbyguy on Tue Jul 12, 2016 2:31 am

These are all 1950 versions. What about a Woody replica?
I said the first one was orig, Sorry, the handle was changed. But, it had the original cover!
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Re: Early fender tweed direction

Postby PA100 on Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:49 am

Yeah Woody's are cool too. But I don't think were a 15" ....Proportions might be a little out . 1949 Fender Pros would be a bucket list amp for me - in my dreams!
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Re: Early fender tweed direction

Postby Dean Jr. on Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:20 pm

I prefer to look at the 10-4 method, but it appears as if the 2-8 method was used some, too...maybe in the earlier days of the tweed era???
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Re: Early fender tweed direction

Postby Bigsbyguy on Tue Jul 12, 2016 4:56 pm

There were woody Pro's. Even a 1 off built for Bob Wills with 2x15's!
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Re: Early fender tweed direction

Postby Watto on Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:57 am

You are correct in your observation, Original 50's ran diagonally left to right down and reissue tweed runs diagonally right to left down,

It's the way the tweed comes off the roll these days , if you cut it as it comes off the roll you'll get right to left and your off cuts (waste) won't be too much, You can turn the tweed 90 degrees and you'll get it running the 50's direction , BUT you'll need more tweed as you'll waste more - I've been building tweed replicas for over 10 years , I charge more if the customer wants it the 50's direct

Hope this helps

On the Woody subject, I've owned 2 Deluxes in my life, and a 1947 Dual Professional,and have examined a Pro. The Woody Pro was a custom order back in the 40's for working musicians, It wasn't a regular part of the Fender line, You had to ask Leo for one, It had a 15 inch speaker , and Yes Bob Willis had an extra 15' inch extension cab (I think John Peden photographed it many years ago ) The circuit for the Model 26 Pro is the same as the 2 x 10 Dual Professional with some value changes in some of the components . It's on the net as the 5A5 Pro

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Re: Early fender tweed direction

Postby PA100 on Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:15 am

Thanks Watto. The more I looked the more I found predominance of 49 & 50 ones running right to left (two oclock to 8 oclock) so just ran with it. Horrible stuff to put on and even more to try and get color right...but I did get it finished.
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Re: Early fender tweed direction

Postby Watto on Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:06 pm

Nice amp,

the ones I've owned have all gone left to right , but I'm pretty sure there was no rule in the tweed covering department back then, I'm guessing they just cut it and slapped it on and got the most out of the fabric .

Have a look at 13:49 of this video, I know it's later in 57 but the same principle . great stuff

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pf7vKfg6qeg
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