Restoring a 1964 Firebird III

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  1. lewita

    lewita Junior Member

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    Hello to all, my name is Lewita, I'm from Buenos Aires Argentina. I've been reading this forum for a couple of years now, never posted much, but today I wanted to share with you a restoration I did along side my partner Ezequiel Galasso on this beautiful Firebird III from 1964. Our client got it in the butchered state seen in the first pictures, and commisioned us to restore it to original specs as much as we could. It had been poorly routed fos humbuckers, wood was added to screw the humbucker's rings, and a piece of mahogany was inlayed between the bridge and the bridge pickup. Our approach to it was based on rescuing little bits of the center laminate from the bottom of the pickup cavities, and then making a patch for each pickup, adding wood on the sides. We used old mahogany and tried our best at making the grain and the shade match to the original pieces. Once this was done, we tried to preserve the original finish as much as we could, but we ended retouching the whole middle section between the pickups. While we were at it, we gave it a refret, and now it's ready for another fifty years of rock! Hope you like it!!
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  2. judson

    judson Senior Member

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    looks great, get it playable is always good!

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  3. Paul46

    Paul46 Senior Member

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    Great job! I love seeing basket cases brought back to life.
     
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  4. Pesh

    Pesh Senior Member

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    Fantastic work! Looks so cool.
     
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  5. lewita

    lewita Junior Member

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    Thank you all for the kind words! Glad you liked it! I’ll be upliading more of tris kind of work, since We’ve done several jobs like this one! Cheers!
     

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