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Old 18th October 2011, 01:19 PM   #1
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Default wicker grill material?

I'm planning to build a couple new speaker cabs. I've seen pics of cabs with wicker or woven cane grills. I love the look of a medium brown stained cab with blond wicker grill. Anyone know where I can buy that material by the yard?
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Old 19th October 2011, 02:39 AM   #2
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Look for "cane". Chair seats need to be re-caned every so often.

Google "cane weaving." That will get you there. I even see a how to do it video listed on the first page of results. Craft/hobby stores probably have it. Stores that sell materials for upholstery should have it or be able to refer you. I don't know if they sell it by the yard, or by weight, but you'll find out.

And I agree, it is very attractive. Those Mesa Boogie combos with the nice stained wood cabinets and cane speaker grilles were really attractive. Haven't seen one in a while, more of an 80s thing.

Google "cane grille cloth" too. Weaving is a lot of work, so you can buy it already woven. But then you don;t get the satisfaction.

Scan down to post #6 here fo a nice photo
Mesa Wicker Grille Cloth - The Gear Page
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Old 19th October 2011, 03:38 AM   #3
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I've run across a few vendors that sell it, but can't be more specific with names or URLs.

Some were guitar amp kit guys, and some were radio restoration hobbyists. Try some google action with search words appropriate to those topics, They're out there for sure though.

Some keywords could include "Fender" "Marshall"
'Crosley" etc.
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Old 20th October 2011, 02:19 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info. After I posted I did a little more searching. "pre-woven cane seat" did the trick. I found this: Country Seat - Superfine Open (3/8" Mesh). I think the 3/8" mesh will be perfect. It's not too awful expensive either. Thanks again!
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Old 20th October 2011, 01:06 PM   #5
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SOunds a lot easier than weaving your own. Watch the overall dimensions, make sure that pre-woven seat mesh is large enough to cover your entire area, with extra on the edges to wrap around whatever it is mounted to.
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Old 21st October 2011, 11:01 PM   #6
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I like the looks of this stuff too, but...I believe at higher volume levels it will rattle. E
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Old 22nd October 2011, 12:50 AM   #7
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No more so than any other grille cloth. Aside from chair bottoms, they do make the stuff commercially for this very purpose. And those Mesa amps had no rattle issues.
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Old 22nd October 2011, 01:01 AM   #8
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Do you know if the mesa cabs used real cane or was it some kind of vinyl look-alike? I can imagine that wood fiber could potentially be noisier. I'll have to be sure there's nothing for the grill to rattle against.
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Old 22nd October 2011, 01:27 AM   #9
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Lee Valley sells it. They have been great to deal with from my experience.
Pre-Woven Cane - Lee Valley Tools

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