zilant
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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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Quote by zilant
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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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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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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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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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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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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i think white looks great once it's beat up a bit.

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white amp..

because:

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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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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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white looks great on metal amps.





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I don't think I've ever played anything in black walnut. It's a great ice cream flavor, so I assume it works well for a strat too.

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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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white does look awesome, but it also does pick up dirt. your call, really.
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I now feel undecided again. All these pics of Nice amps

I wonder, is there a way to clean Tolex? Like if you have ever rubbed a sneaker or boot against a wall and it leaves a skid mark? Is ther a way to clean stuff like that?
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Unfortunately that would mean I would have to make my decision before I could decide if it's worth it or not.

I was thinking about it and since I don't really take my gear out and the Head is going to be on a cab up and out of the way it shouldn't be that big of a deal.

I suppose I still have some time to decide.
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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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Scuffs and scrapes are gonna happen and I'm not sure if they would actually show up more on white than black as black tends to show the ends of the white-ish fibers. Anywhere the tolex gets torn you can super glue it back down.

As for the dirt... Baby wipes... couple of bucks a packet, will last you ages if just using them for amps, not sure how I coped without them before I had a child.
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This is the plan eventually.

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