Gretsch Amps

1957 Gretsch 6161 new to me - Grill cloth question

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I recently came across a '57 6161 in great condition. The only issue at all are some stains on the grill cloth. Does anyone have advice or experience cleaning these? I assume I cannot get replacement cloth with the logo on it.

2

Take the speakers and electronics out and try steam. Pull the grille out completely if possible so you can try cleaning a place that's hidden. If I remember correctly, the grilles on these are like a flocked screen.

3

I had good luck this week cleaning the grill cloth on a 1960's Gibson amp using Simple Green - which was recommended by a number of people in an internet search. Speakers removed. The Gibson grill cloth was more of a basket type material. To me Simple Green seems to be harmless but if you try it test a small area first. Also, to be gentle on the grill cloth I foamed up Simple Green using an old shaving brush I had, with super-soft bristles. I let the foam sit for a few minutes, then used a shop vac to vacuum out the suds. Be careful around that logo - not sure if-or-how cleaning will affect it.

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Take the speakers and electronics out and try steam. Pull the grille out completely if possible so you can try cleaning a place that's hidden. If I remember correctly, the grilles on these are like a flocked screen.

– wabash slim

Thanks!

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I had good luck this week cleaning the grill cloth on a 1960's Gibson amp using Simple Green - which was recommended by a number of people in an internet search. Speakers removed. The Gibson grill cloth was more of a basket type material. To me Simple Green seems to be harmless but if you try it test a small area first. Also, to be gentle on the grill cloth I foamed up Simple Green using an old shaving brush I had, with super-soft bristles. I let the foam sit for a few minutes, then used a shop vac to vacuum out the suds. Be careful around that logo - not sure if-or-how cleaning will affect it.

– nielDa

Thanks!

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WabashSlim is correct. It was flocking over steel screen. Trying to clean that might make it look worse. Might wanna just leave it as is. You could also make a new baffle, cover it with something more acoustically transparent and store the original on a shelf. The plastic logos look pretty good. Cool amp!

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It’s in a lot better shape than mine!

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It’s in a lot better shape than mine!

– Powdog

Yes, I will have to agree! I have seen your work, you make some great looking cabinets! I really like what you did with this one.

What are you using for grill cloth in your new cabinets?

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I use the same wheat, oxblood and silver grillecloth that Fender uses, available thru most supply houses. There is still some old silverish Gretsch style cloth available on ebay.

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I use the same wheat, oxblood and silver grillecloth that Fender uses, available thru most supply houses. There is still some old silverish Gretsch style cloth available on ebay.

– Powdog

Thanks! I appreciate the information and your expertise.


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