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Unread 06-21-2010, 02:27 AM   #31 (permalink)
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I got this melody maker SG with the control cavity shattered. It went from basket case to sweat 60's wood rocking player. You couldn't find the repair when I was done.
I would love to find out who has it now, if it survived.

Sorry for the crappy pics, they were taken in the early 90's before digital camera's & I had to scan old pic's.

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..... Get that fresh from Pete?

Fantastic job Do share the gory details on this one
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Unread 06-21-2010, 07:48 AM   #32 (permalink)
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I bought it bashed at a guitar show for around $40, don't remember the exact price I paid. It had a very playable fat round neck & was a tone monster. I traded it for a 65 Fender Jassmaster neck with binding & sherwood green head & built a smokin strat that I still have. I guess the strat is also a make over as it started as just a neck that needed frets.

Here is a pic of the strat,

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Unread 06-21-2010, 09:02 AM   #33 (permalink)
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my most extreme mod would be my '60 Melody Maker.

I bought it like this - already modded (refin, routed for humbucker in neck, SD Hotrails bridge, Schaller mini tuners, BadAss bridge, couple of mini toggle switches, jack moved to the edge)


I cleaned it up to this - (Gibson Klusons, SD lil 59, Pigtail bridge and studs, cleaned up the electronics)


But, eventually I decided I wanted it to be somewhat closer to a LP Special. Switched to P90s, new pickguard, drilled out for the toggle switch, drilled out for 4 pots. I really really like it now.


I figure I'm into it for around the value of a Historic Special. But they don't come with old wood.
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This Framus Panthera Custom 1996 is a project that Im working on these day's.
Former owner did a lousy laquer job and I think its a great guitar worth saving/refinishing..

Before;






Now im ready to sand laguer down..


Thats not gonna happend!! I've give up its too hard, the laquer is 1mm thick ohh no..
But then I found this!




And then the laquer went of easily...




On the neck You can see how thick the layer of laquer is..



But after several hours of hard work and after sanding this came out of it..





I'll have too continue in another post...
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I've wanted to give this beauty another look and so I stained the body..



And i did 50 to 60 layers of stain....



But after gently removing stain again this came out of it..





Im not finished yet, I'll have to wait 10-12 weeks from now, for a highgloss laquerjob that I ordered from a guitarbuilder, that Ill let him do proffessional. He will give it 12-15 layer's of clear laque and sand it between layers..I can't wait but when I get it back I'll post some more photo's..
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Thats not gonna happend!! I've give up its too hard, the laquer is 1mm thick ohh no..
But then I found this!
http://www.gratisimage.dk/image-062E_4C2280CC.jpg
That Nitro Mors stuff is damn potent! Last year, when I was refinishing my Telecaster I left it on a small, thin plastic box after coating it in that stuff and went inside to let it cure. I came out five minuets later, and the box was more-or-less gone!

I also know someone who is now blind in one eye thanks to that stuff.
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Holy crap! That's freakn crazy how much is/was on the neck!
Great work,that looks a hell of a lot better now. XLNT.
Lookn forward to following this.
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This is my work in progress (I'm not doing the work):

It's a 1980 Deluxe that was routed for Humbuckers and painted with shoe polish and Magic Marker. It will complete its transformation to a Goldtop in the next few weeks.




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...painted with shoe polish and Magic Marker

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From this 2003 studio wine red

to this

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Oh.My.Fkn.God!

THAT is absolutely beautiful!!!

Did you do the binding yourself?
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Everyone loves a Les Paul with binding.
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OK, this one's a little long-winded, but here goes.

My '77 Deluxe was a lot like this one, except it had a Kahler fitted and the bridge pickup was a Duncan SM-3 mini humbucker. I don't have any pics of how it was, but here is a pic of Bole's '76, mine was very similar visually. Just imagine a Kahler is on there..

GUITAR PICTURED BELOW IS NOT MINE, IT BELONGS TO BOLESKINEHOUSE. FOR VISUAL REFERENCE OF WHAT MINE LOOKED LIKE WAY BACK WHEN


Played it like that for years, but I never really did care for the sound of that Duncan. Long story short, the finish went soft so it was refin time. I was broke, but I had leftover nitro from refinishing my Junior a couple of years before, and my buddy got me some gunstock refinishing dyes from the Brownells through the gun shop he worked for. Got the idea to try a Gretsch orange, but I came up with a color I ended up liking better, so there you go.

Decided to do something about the crappy bridge pickup at the same time, but as I said I was broke so buying a pickup was not an option. However I had 2 things: a router, and a spare Duncan '59 doing nothing. I'm a bad man.



Played it like that for more years, then set about finding better pickups, tried a dimarzio PAF (BLECHHH!!), a Duncan Custom 5, and a Seth Lover, which I loved.




Then I won a set of Shed Paf Daddy's (which turned out to be double creams, HELLZ YEAH!!) so I had to try one out in the Deluxe. WOW!!

When I installed the Shed, I decided to go sans Kahler, so I picked up a used Gibson Nashville bridge and Stopbar from a current Standard Faded. I didn't want to refin it again, and I may want to put the Kahler back on, so instead of plugging the hole and re-spraying, I fashioned a nifty cover plate out of maple veneer I had from another project, and I stained it with the exact same stain I used to finish the gutar back in '98 or so. A little Stew-Mac nitro over the top and voila, instant Kahler-hole cover!!






And as she now sits with the P-90 neck pickup. Next step in her evolution will likely be a new set of pots, the originals are getting worn out.



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Mine is nothing as extreme as some of the ones in this post but I like it.




To this



This is sort of my nod to Gilmour strat
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Now that is a REALLY interesting top on that refin i like it
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ok, I suck. But a good thread, figured it deserved a bump!
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THAT is absolutely beautiful!!!

Did you do the binding yourself?
Yes, did the binding, the retop, and put an ebony fretboard w/mop trapezoids...
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Love that finish Thats as close to true Gretsch "western maple stain" that I've seen on an LP
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Thanks!!!

I actually intended to get a lot closer to the actual Gretsch color than that (there isn't enough red in it for that), but I fell in love with this color as soon as I sprayed it, so I went with it. It was a lot yellower when I first shot it, but it's mellowing very nicely with age
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Yes, did the binding, the retop, and put an ebony fretboard w/mop trapezoids...
Well done
You & the wood are legendary.
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Thanks!!!

I actually intended to get a lot closer to the actual Gretsch color than that (there isn't enough red in it for that), but I fell in love with this color as soon as I sprayed it, so I went with it. It was a lot yellower when I first shot it, but it's mellowing very nicely with age
Its not as vibrant as one fresh from a catalog page....but a dead ringer for a nice vintage piece IMO

Been toying with idea of storing mine in a spot that will get a few hours of direct sunlight a day to wash some of the red out a little quicker....

Mine looks more red than orange as a whole, but



an touched crop of the above photo is very orange....



Its also much more orange in person...either way she's a keeper
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This isn't exacty "EXTREME" (then again she's not finished yet), but a "makeover" (in progress) nonetheless.

'01 Gibson LP Classic

Headstock/TRC
This:


To this:

A little more "classy" IMHO

Fretboard/Inlays:
This:


To this:


TBC...
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Its not as vibrant as one fresh from a catalog page....but a dead ringer for a nice vintage piece IMO

Been toying with idea of storing mine in a spot that will get a few hours of direct sunlight a day to wash some of the red out a little quicker....

Mine looks more red than orange as a whole, but


Its also much more orange in person...either way she's a keeper
Thanks again Like I said, I fell i love with it as soon as I sprayed, I'm still tickled to death with the color.

Yours came out amazing You and a couple of others have got me seriously considering a refin on my battered Ebony Studio, I love the "wood binding" look you got on yours. Last done good by you on that one
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Hmm... This thread makes me want to burstify my worn brown Epi baritone, possibly rerout for traditional control setup. Could I use the existing finish as the base for a brownburst, or would I have to strip down to bare wood?

Also a question for dwager. How did that MM sound with the Duncan at the bridge? I've often fanticized about putting a singe coil sized bucker into a MM or Marauder.
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As soon as my Studio is complete, i'm gonna post some pictures... it's looking awesome so far.
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Ok, I'm nitpicking, but should this thread be in the custom shop section? Anyway great work guys, let's see some more.

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page #2 and you decide to post that...yep. You is nit picking.
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Now that is a REALLY interesting top on that refin i like it
Really nice job on this one. I really like the "Vintage Sunburst" finish like they are doing on the Traditional Pro's right now. This is about as interesting of a top that I have seen with this type of finish.
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