70s Epiphone ET280 Bass

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  1. DagerOne

    DagerOne Senior Member

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    Received this gem as a part of a Craigslist deal I made today:
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    A fairly abused 70s ET280. The bridge cover is missing:
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    Patchwork cover, but I think the knobs are original:
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    But the real reason I had to post this. How do THESE guitars always find their way into my possession?
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    Argh!
     
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  3. DagerOne

    DagerOne Senior Member

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    Going to try to bring this old bass back to life a bit. Nothing crazy, but as both pickups work well and the action is reasonable, I think it’s worth it for a 40+ year old guitar.

    The neck is pretty boogered up, though. The thick poly (?) is chipping and rough where the fretboard meets the neck, and there are a lot of nicks and gouges that don’t feel good to the hand when playing.

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    And of course, this:

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    Thinking of drilling those out to fit one dowel, sanding the old finish off and redoing in wipe-on poly. There will still be dips and gouges, but nothing rough, at least. What say the peanut gallery?
     
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    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    That wasn't the stock location was it..or on the horn?

    I'd throw a button in both spots and call it good myself. :D

    Maybe #0000 steel wool and /or 1000 grit to even out the ruff spots?
     
  5. DagerOne

    DagerOne Senior Member

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    Nope. Originally, it was on the underside of the horn. You can see the hole for it in the first post. It is a bit neck-heavy, as the body is ultra-thin...but strap buttons in the neck just irk me. Looking back at my "Lemonade G400" thread from a few years ago, mercifully the pictures are all missing thanks to photobucket's changed policies, but this isn't my first go-round with fools putting strap buttons in the neck. At least this one didn't unseat a fret and is reasonably close to the body!
     
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    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    I understand. I have had a few SGs that were victims of that as well.
     
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    Oh and yes, them's original knobs.
     
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    $hit, that was early sophomore year... it got a LOT longer.....
     
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    Wish all Epiphones had this headstock:
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    Sanding down the chipping clear coat, there is indeed a bit of separation between the neck and fretboard as I’d feared:
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    I have to put a good amount of pressure or twist on it to get it to open up, and when it was strung up I couldn’t get any separation at all. Best plan of attack..., open it a bit, glue and clamp?
     
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    My own did, one hell of an SG:



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    There were, in fact, THREE screw holes in that mess. And one screw had apparently broken off and been left behind in one of them. I’ll cut a maple plug for this:
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    Hopefully this will be better than just forcing filler in there.
     
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    Glad I’d read up about the pickups a bit before I took this one apart. The magnets basically just sat freely in the cavities, and wanted to jump around if given the chance because they’re oriented with like poles together. I’m not sure how/if they were somehow originally attached or not, though. For now, rubber bands...
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    I’d noticed that the poles didn’t line up beneath the strings on the bridge pickup. Wondering if it was moved because the screws were stripped, since it obviously wasn’t for pole positioning?
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    I’d assumed this was the original pickguard since it had the E logo, and it very well may be. It’s apparently a clear guard painted black on the underside.
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    All cleaned up, glued up, smoothed up, and set up:
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    By no means a professional job, but didn’t cost me anything but time. Pickups are strong, neck feels great, action is as low as reasonable without hitting the bridge pickup cover (which is not adjustable), and the Japanese tuners hold very well.

    Next to its modern-day counterpart:
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    Wow! :wow:

    You've done an incredible job on the resto!

    :cheers:
     
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