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 Post subject: Re: Grahams VLP
PostPosted: Wed 23 Mar 2016 03:17 PM 
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Barry :argue: :argue: Corsair ... I see it !!!! lol
For the record I am not expert on refinishing, but getting around and by the wraparound binding is going to be T H E most challenging part of this resto for me as I've never done one before :eyeball: !!!!!
AND there is only two choices for me to make and they are original clear showing the beauty of the red wine grained birch top....

OR

go with a metallic red with the finest pulverized flakes at Ummm, say, "000000" size grain for the metallic powdered stuff that's in the paint.

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 Post subject: Re: Grahams VLP
PostPosted: Wed 23 Mar 2016 03:54 PM 
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My Westone Raider II had a chunky metalflake blown onto it and you can still see bits of metalflake in front of my painter blokes workshop 2 years on... your painter will love you for adding it - it's as messy as all hell....

.... but worth it in spades!!! :D

If you go for the red, perhaps a little red pearl in the paint might be nice, too??

Yeah, the binding will be a pain; for the colour coats, some super fine masking tape should suffice - fiddly and time consuming to apply but not rocket surgery, eh!!

Pay no mind to Barry and me... we dig this stuff! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Grahams VLP
PostPosted: Mon 11 Apr 2016 08:30 AM 
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:blush: New hardware
initial set up... it plays but im going to have to completely rewire everything....
I have the neck pup, and the middle pos on the switch....no bridge sounds.... :bawl:

Once I get things righted about the wiring, I guess I will then proceed to "restore" it.
Im going to leave the wine red color on it.
And it will get a whole bunch of clear coats. Minimum is about 20 I've heard, so I 'll go with 25 and see where we are from there


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 Post subject: Re: Grahams VLP
PostPosted: Sun 05 Jun 2016 06:16 AM 
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Well I did it again...........
I was bidding on e-bay and it was in Toronto ... very very local.... a VP820. it was no more than 60 minutes away.....Brass hardware and gold tuners....beautiful. A stunning guitar!!! I didn't refresh my phone app and thought I was going to win but got an email saying "sorry but the auction is over and this one got away on you".

That was only a week ago.

Then a couple of days later another VP shows up on e-bay. Another beautiful VP795. Trans red.
I bid, and bid, and bid. With 5 minutes left the bids were just too high for me so I didn't get that one. I was saddened, but thought it wasn't meant to be and shrugged it off. Still feeling a bit sad I tried the Craig's thing and spotted an ad for yet one more of Mat's guitars. The ad was 7 hours old and again very, very local. I pounced on it, and I never let go and now am the new owner of a beautiful near mint (the volume knobs are not stock) VLP550.

The moral of this story is...?
Never stop dreaming of owning one and keep looking for that guitar.


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 Post subject: Re: Grahams VLP
PostPosted: Sun 05 Jun 2016 09:52 AM 
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A beauty! Nice classic Lester there, plus that Mats extra touch. Well done!

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PostPosted: Sun 05 Jun 2016 12:42 PM 
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:wave:
Thanks Barry.
If you read the commentary, finding this was like a gift from the heavens after the trying week that I had.
Funny thing is that I wouldn't have stumbled upon it if I was successful in either of the other two previous efforts earlier in the week.
I picked it up in the east end of Toronto somewhere off the Danforth, and once home,.... well I haven't been able to put it down cept to sleep at night.

Plays like butta as the saying goes. I'm thrilled to welcome it to my collection. A true piece of craftsmanship.
I wonder if I'm in for any trouble tho...... S/N is....well.... AND im not superstitious but 1982 January 0 :devil: :devil: :devil:
Yep that's 2010666

I will get a pic of the neck plate soon enuf
and
We'll see what happens in the next couple of years :jammin:


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Nice! very pretty indeed; well done you for hanging in there!

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