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Love the look of those stylish leather corners that Mesa Boogie uses on their amps and cabinets? (I know, who doesn't, right?). Well, truth is it's not that hard to duplicate that classic look on your next amp or cabinet project yourself. Here's how.
What you'll need: • A piece of vegetable tanned leather, 5-6oz works best, and a piece about 6"x8" will be enough to make 8-10 corners (but if this is your first attempt you'll probably want to purchase enough leather to make a few extras, especially if you're going to dye the corners as it can take a lot of experimentation to get the color right. • A metal cabinet corner with a corner radius matching your cabinet, to use as a "mold". A Penn 1823 style corner with a 1/2" radius will work great for most cabinets. Unless your cabinet has the larger Marshall edge radius. • Leather dye. There are dozens of colors available from suppliers like Fiebings, and you can even mix different colors to create your own "in between" colors. • A leather pre-dye conditioner, which will help clean the leather so that it will take the dye evenly. • Leather sheen or finish to apply to the leather once the dye has dried to help protect and condition the leather and it'll add a little bit of sheen. Additional items you'll need include something to cut the leather with -for this tutorial we used a sharp pair of heavy-duty sheers, but you could also use an exacto knife (leather is tough, so you'll have to have plenty of good sharp blades). A printer and paper (card stock actually works better) to print the patterns out with. And an awl or a sharp nail to prepunch the nail holes with. This isn't absolutely necessary but I found it much easier to install the corners with the holes prepunched in the leather. So let's get started:
DIY leather corner installed on a two-tone (black bronco/british cabernet bronco) FRFR guitar cabinet. Leather corners were dyed black to match the black bead and piping on the cabinet. Looks amazing if you ask me. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. thanks