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PostPosted: Sat 09 Jan 2016 04:55 AM 
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PostPosted: Sat 09 Jan 2016 10:52 AM 
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Corsair wrote:
...I suspect that it'll be way beyond what I'm comfortable spending on a $120 guitar, eh!...
Yeah, there is that reality. But ya gotta go big at first to get an idea that may percolate into something interesting.

Got faith in ya. What else is there to do in a hot Ozzie summer? (warm swine John)

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PostPosted: Sat 09 Jan 2016 03:00 PM 
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Corsair wrote:
I know where you live.

Not after this Thursday you don't :devil2:

Barry wrote:
Yeah, there is that reality. But ya gotta go big at first to get an idea that may percolate into something interesting.

Got faith in ya. What else is there to do in a hot Ozzie summer? (warm swine John)

There you go John.
You could make it a tribute to our lovely warm climate just for Barry :)

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jan 2016 02:21 AM 
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So. It has arrived, and oh, that everyone should pack as this lass packed - beautiful job!!

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Anyway, onwards... She told me that it was in bad shape but really, I've seen plenty much worse, and have in fact, restored worse cases!! So a little disappointed that it's as good as it is! :roll: It is absolutely complete right down to the incy-winciest screw.. Neck has been sanded down...

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I don't think these have ever been out!!

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Loom's in good order, and has the correct squared off switch tip.

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The journey begins...

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The thin fillet in front of the neck pickup is still there, albeit cracked!

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Frets=out

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Changing the jack position...

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Cleaned up a little...

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Gonna be an easy fixer upper but still at a loss for the theme...

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jan 2016 11:41 AM 
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Nice corrosion on those pups. Was this baby left out in the garage or sumthin'? Have you tested 'em out yet?

I was looking at some purple guitars, and once you leave out that silly Prince thingy, there are a few that don't look too bad. Flame is the most dramatic but doesn't apply here unless you're thinking of a veneer top like you did on the Urchin. Otherwise a purple/black burst looks very striking and may suit this 'ole gal just fine methinks.

Lots of options for mounting plates and knobs to jazz it up.

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Jan 2016 03:37 PM 
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yeah, just a Tele-style side mounted jack socket - a modern one witnout the poxy spring clip - is the go there, eh! Knobs will just be notched speed jobs 'cause I like'em...

I'm not sure what indignities were visited on this old girl when she was out of the owners hands - her uncle apparently had the guitar for a few years - but it was certainly stored somewhere .... damp. Pup values are 11.97kΩ/5.98kΩ for the bridge, and 11.73/5.83kΩ for the neck, so standard MMK45s... and at least there's action there!!

Oh, why would the Uncle have put a gold bridge on an otherwise chrome trimmed guitar? That's gonna go as well, not only because it's gold but because it's well corroded; I'll restore it but certainly won't use it.

Today sees the first application of paint stripper....

Still favouring a purpleburst as a colour, but my youngest daughter suggested a bird theme, and as I'm a birdwatcher and a NZer, perhaps a Haasts' Eagle in the stoop...???

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Never heard of this bird...I guess cuz it's extinct! But the drawings look impressive.

Hey, if you go with this one you're still in "combat" theme mode mate! Bird of prey and all that.
Could be interesting...but let's not get all uh, mushy wif the birdies, eh. Beaks! Talons! Piercing eyes! Bring it.

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Corsair wrote:
I'm not sure what indignities were visited on this old girl when she was out of the owners hands - her uncle apparently had the guitar for a few years - but it was certainly stored somewhere .... damp. Pup values are 11.97kΩ/5.98kΩ for the bridge, and 11.73/5.83kΩ for the neck, so standard MMK45s... and at least there's action there!!

Oh, why would the Uncle have put a gold bridge on an otherwise chrome trimmed guitar? That's gonna go as well, not only because it's gold but because it's well corroded; I'll restore it but certainly won't use it.


You would faint if you saw some of the atrocities I've seen committed to otherwise beautiful guitars. It definitely deepened my extreme dislike for punk and thrashmetal. A guitar is not a hammer. Not a subject for target practice (yup, fixed one that had been peppered with a 22. Seems and ex wife got her revenge on the wrong victim). Ones left in an obviously humidity bereft environment with cracks in the cracks. Then there's the Billy Joe Bob Hillbilly engineering I've had to reverse. They came to me a piece of junk but left an instrument, if only just.


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You would faint if you saw some of the atrocities I've seen committed to otherwise beautiful guitars. It definitely deepened my extreme dislike for punk and thrashmetal. A guitar is not a hammer. Not a subject for target practice (yup, fixed one that had been peppered with a 22. Seems and ex wife got her revenge on the wrong victim). Ones left in an obviously humidity bereft environment with cracks in the cracks. Then there's the Billy Joe Bob Hillbilly engineering I've had to reverse. They came to me a piece of junk but left an instrument, if only just.


No doubt!! I've only repaired or restored ones I've bought for my own use; you've got so much more experience there than I have!

I never understood the necessity to smash or otherwise damage a perfectly good instrument - Townshend may be a bona fide musical genius, but in that regard he is a proper wanker! Even Hendrix did it and Keith Emerson was pretty brutal to his Hammond B3s....

Still, is wilful destruction any worse than ignorant neglect? Leaving a guitar in extremes of temperature or humidity because you know no better is just lazy at best, and ignorant at worst - no excuses!

Shooting a guitar with a .22?! What a spanner!! I'd use a deerslug from a shotgun and get the job done proper-like!! :roll: What sort of damage did the pea rifle do, Neal? Was it an easy fix or a bit more complicated than that?

And, seeing as how we've veered away from the topic a little, you've gotta tell us the worst case you've had to fix!!!

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The VSH-455 was musty mildewed and stunk! It took a good several months before the smell faded away enough to stop bothering me. Get that body feedback going and man could it funk up a room fast! All the pots were noisy and took several blasts to clean them up. You could see the dusty mold on the inside but it wiped off the finish pretty easily. The fingerboard was another story. I'd play and if I didn't wash my hands afterwards anything I ate smelled and tasted like it.

The 22 holes missed the fingerboard but took out a pickup and a pot which was a dead on bulls eye. Shot the shaft right out of it but everything else was still there. All I could do (and he wanted done) was just patch it up so he could play it. His ex hated his guitars and music. He just wanted to show her she didn't win.

My ex also hated my music and my bikes. She once put a vintage Kalamazoo on the stove and lit the burners. She took a vintage Kay jazz bodied guitar and slammed me over the head with it. Busted it to pieces. You probably have some idea why she is my ex. :rofl:

You'll have to document the restoration in the restoration forum here.


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