80s Washburn A20 basket case restoration with pics

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  1. D Rhinehart

    D Rhinehart Senior Member

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    Been a long time since I have posted here ! Customer dropped this one off in hopes of some restoration work ! Some probably would have said no, but I like a challenge ! Anyway here are some pics and we'll see what happens
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] I really like the dry wall screw
     
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    Is that large void a hidding place for his stash?:laugh2:
    I know... it's a pick holder.
    Seriously, this should be an interesting job. What type of bridge will it be getting?
     
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    Didnt find any stash unfortunately ! Its is getting a HipShot .125 hardtail bridge , I know it should get a trem but my client wants it hardtailed .
     
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    I guess Ill get started removing some of the stash compartment [​IMG] [​IMG] I cut out the damage and fabricated a filler from some swamp ash [​IMG] Cut my template
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    Nice tight fit , [​IMG] I trimmed it down so it was about .125 proud or so, Then glued and clamped[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    love these threads, thanks for posting
     
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    The back of the guitar got the same process ( yes I know the grain orientation of the plug runs east and west , my swamp ash filler was too short for the other way )
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    I can't wait for the rest, Subscribed!!!
     
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    Ok now to address that broken or cut off end , not sure what was the thought process there ! maybe it was slammed in a car door:shock: anyway I cut it flat and was able to run it across my jointer since its a flat body . Fabricated some more of the ash and made a clamping caul to fit the lower bout to allow some clamping force [​IMG]
    [​IMG]I use flash tape on my cauls to keep everything from getting stuck ! if your interested in this awesome tape you can go herehttp://www.fibreglast.com/?gclid=Cj...EAojQo6bwkxHzVyK99wjeXpnB6SU6ukBoCrCgQAvD_BwE[​IMG] [​IMG] I made my repair piece alot larger to be able to just clamp right to it
     
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    Great thread! Can't wait to see more.
     
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    Cool guitars. I'm glad to see that one won't be trash. They were made by Yamaki, the same company that did Daion guitars. I always loved the hollow brass dot inlays.
     
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    Yeah this one is far from the burn pile now , the brass inlays are pretty cool for sure
     
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    Very exciting to watch you, bring this guitar back to live. Thanks a lot!
     
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    This is a client's guitar and I believe there is some sentimental value to it , I am totally aware that you can buy the reissues . I just wanted to show how I am going about my repairs and maybe someone might benefit from it . Thanks for watching:jam:
     
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    Is the original body made from swamp ash too?
     
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    Yes it is with a Flamed Maple veneer , also its a neck through maple walnut
     
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    Unclamped, trimmed down and shaped .[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Good to know. I always thought they were Matsumoku built.
     
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    Wow, this brings back some memories. There was a guy in high school that got one of these back in the day... we were all so jealous. LOL. Love these guitars, looking forward to more!
     
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    Looks great so far.
    Can I assume you will apply a new veneer to the top.
    But what about the back? Are you gonna leave the battle scar visible or is this gonna get a solid colour?
     
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