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Old 10-24-2012, 10:58 PM   #1
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Question About White Tolex.

I'm nearly at the point where I can pick up my 5150 iii mini head.
Just gotta sell my current amp, which is posted inthe classifieds btw (shameless plug).

I can't quite decide if I want it in black or white.
I keep thinking black because, well, it's black and looks very nice.

The white looks nice as well but I think I was initially steered away from it becuase I keep thinking it is going to get dirty. My house is unreasonably dusty but otherwise I tend to keep my gear fairly well. I don't like to let things get dirty and I tend to wipe down and dust all my gear every so often even if it's something like a guitar that has been in a case.

Anyway, I'm rambling and basically want to know if tolex discolors with age or if having white tolex will cause it to have absurdly noticable scuffs?
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:23 PM   #2
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Anyway, I'm rambling and basically want to know if tolex discolors with age or if having white tolex will cause it to have absurdly noticable scuffs?


yes, tolex discolors. stains and scuffs stand out on lighter colors. my orange 2x12 has quite a number of scuff marks and i take pretty good care of it.

white tolex is sexy though.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:36 AM   #3
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yes, tolex discolors. stains and scuffs stand out on lighter colors. my orange 2x12 has quite a number of scuff marks and i take pretty good care of it.

white tolex is sexy though.


my orange cabinet has taken on some marks and scuffs. if you are obsessive about their appearance go black. i am sure white would be worse.

if you do go white and want a pretty cab, a 'magic eraser' cleaning thing could be the answer. but if i were you i would test it in an inconspicuous area.

i use that cab for most gigs, and i have a second identical cab in my studio. one gets jarred and beaten, the other safe at home. i am careful with my gear, but i don' t really baby it.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:49 AM   #4
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I love the look of aged white tolex. Even if you're very careful, your gear is gonna get banged up. Unless, of course, you leave it in a studio and never move it. If you like the white, go white but know that it will get scuffed.
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White is not a wise choice for the gigging muso. They look great new but once they've been bounced around in the truck and carted in and out of pubs for a while they get covered in marks. Black is easier to live with.
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:14 AM   #6
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Well I don't really gig and the times I take my gear elsewhere to play are few and far between. I am, however, a clumsy person and tend to knock into things (like gear) very often.
I don't know if I would like an obviously scuffed amp. I might even sell it later on and I would want someone to lowball me because of a blacks streak or mark on it.
Perhaps the black hides things better?

Alright guys, thanks for the help. I think I'm going with Black.

Expect a NAD a as soon as I can sell off my gear and spend some time with the amp.

Thanks again!
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Old 10-25-2012, 01:36 AM   #7
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White looks classier
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:30 AM   #8
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Go with black. I think that white is nice, but a bit of a novelty.

If you're gigging I also think that white or very bright colored equipment can focus attention away from the performers.

Last but not least, white won't work for death metal.

Although, perhaps you could form an all white leather version of a Kiss tribute band.

Sort of like looking at the photo negatives from a Kiss concert.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:35 AM   #9
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white amp..

because:

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Old 10-25-2012, 02:39 AM   #10
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I wouldn't see a problem with it unless people smoke in your house and you don't have it where it can be kicked/bumped into/scratched by pets/etc.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:45 AM   #11
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i think white looks great once it's beat up a bit.

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That really needs to be sitting on a white 4x12. With a black grill and white lettering. I'd grab an old 1960B cab, preferably with a good grill, and retolex it in white. And of course whatever speakers float your boat. That would look great - as long as they match up size wise.
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That really needs to be sitting on a white 4x12. With a black grill and white lettering. I'd grab an old 1960B cab, preferably with a good grill, and retolex it in white. And of course whatever speakers float your boat. That would look great - as long as they match up size wise.



they get a creamy color with age too. sexy
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Yeah, that's the idea.
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I wouldn't see a problem with it unless people smoke in your house and you don't have it where it can be kicked/bumped into/scratched by pets/etc.



People smoke (not in the room but in the other parts of the house and I can sometimes smell it in the room) and I have a cat that Exclusively stays in the room where my gear is, so
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Double Post by mistake.

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Old 10-25-2012, 11:06 AM   #17
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If marks are going to bother you then you shouldn't get anything tolexed in white... It's really that simple.
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Make sure you put a nice scratching post in the room for the cat and rub a bit of catnip or valerian on it to make it more appealing (catnip doesn't work on Aussie cats but it works on most yank cats apparently). If anything's gonna **** it, it will be your cat.
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OP - trust me, you want the white:

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