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 Post subject: Kessel Pan
PostPosted: Mon 11 Apr 2011 09:02 PM 
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I traded a buddy of mine for this Pan project . Most of the original pieces were there minus the nut , the bridge , pick guard , half the tremolo system , and a pick up ring . included was a new bridge and tailpiece .
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I fabricated a pick up ring out of triple layer pick guard material , I made it a bit wider than the orginal ring for a bit more strength because the pick up sits pretty high in the ring and the springs puts some good pressure on the ring . I also added a new nut , and shaved down the bridge. Pu on new set of 46 - 10's and boom here she is.

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 Post subject: Re: Kessel Pan
PostPosted: Mon 11 Apr 2011 09:04 PM 
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Looks like the first one on this page

http://www.matsumoku.org/models/aria/ho ... g/sig.html


It was a great Sunday project and it turned out great , Cosmetically it's in great shape with minor edge wear and a couple of dings on he neck . It sounds and plays as expected , sweet !!

I do have part of the original tremolo system and wouldn't mind finding the rest of it and original bridge. Not that I care for/use a tremolo but bringing her back to stock is always the end intention .


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 Post subject: Re: Kessel Pan
PostPosted: Tue 12 Apr 2011 08:06 AM 
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Great job! :up:

I find she looks amazing the way she is right now... the tremolo on these are not the greatest....

Enjoy your nice vintage axe.... :love:

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 Post subject: Re: Kessel Pan
PostPosted: Tue 12 Apr 2011 08:36 AM 
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I think she looks great just as she sits now! :freaksmile2:
I'm not a big fan of tremolo bridges on this style of guitar, they just don't look right to me.
Nice job on the resto. :up:

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 Post subject: Re: Kessel Pan
PostPosted: Tue 12 Apr 2011 10:55 AM 
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Very nice and as others have said probably better than original. Quick projects are great (they get finished).


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 Post subject: Re: Kessel Pan
PostPosted: Tue 12 Apr 2011 11:49 AM 
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Very pretty! Are those big single-coils?

I'd also stay with the trapeze, myself.

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Apr 2011 07:23 PM 
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Thanks for the kind words guys , It is always a pleasure when project work's out with no glitches . Yes they are single coils , no markings anywhere . After I posted this I tried swapping these 2 bridges around ,I figured it's supposed to be a roller bridge so try it .. The bone bridge actually sounds mellower than the roller , I think I will leave it as it is


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 Post subject: Re: Kessel Pan
PostPosted: Tue 12 Apr 2011 08:40 PM 
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:up: Very nice!Well done! :)


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PostPosted: Mon 18 Apr 2011 06:38 AM 
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Just in the process of finishing up the 3rd project on my Raven. Also made new pickup rings to accommodated a set of GFS min HB 59's. I decided to go with a Bigsby B30 instead of dealing with the stock trem. Just need to put it all back together tonight.

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 Post subject: Re: Kessel Pan
PostPosted: Mon 18 Apr 2011 06:56 AM 
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Glad to see you're ironing out the bugs on the guitar.... :rofl:

Nice going :up:

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