1958 or 1955 LP Junior Restoration

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This is the other guitar I received the other day. We're not sure if it's a '55 or a '58, but we'll soon find out when I pull bridge bushings later today. It was refinished at some point from TV yellow to the current color in poly. The headstock was also redone, so I'll be bringing that back to the original look. I received the pics of some examples (below) and there will be a little bit of aging just like on the '74 Custom in the other thread.


The goal is something like these:

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Here's the guitar: (I'm still trying to figure out my new camera, but at least I found a cool backdrop at the shop):D

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Removed the finish
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With the first VERY LIGHT dusting with yellow. Almost looks a little green in person.

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Beef...these seem to be some of my favorite threads.
 

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I have never seen that shelf on the side of the neck on both sides before.. Is that original or did someone hack up a single cut? In that case it looks pretty well done.
 

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I have never seen that shelf on the side of the neck on both sides before.. Is that original or did someone hack up a single cut? In that case it looks pretty well done.
Totally looks like a former singlecut, doesn't it?
 

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It was a single cut. The owner wants to leave the top cut portion unfinished, like it was just cut. So, I'll mask that off and then finish the bare wood with gunstock oil and wax. It should look like it was cut a long time ago and have worn in nicely.
 

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It's a '55!! The original bushings are on the right.

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I did four dry coats of the yellow lacquer throughout the day and let her rest overnight. Then I used a water-based mahogany grain filler over the lacquer. I did three rounds of grain filler and it is really starting to come together.

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Frets are off and it's time to go to work on the fretboard. I measured the radius and it changes across the neck (not surprised because of the age). I measured from 12" to almost 9.5" in some places. I have to sand it back to 12" to match the radius of the bridge.

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I'm going to like seeing this one come together. Seems like a good bit of work. Looking sharp so far.
 

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It would be fun to restore the old single-cut. I've never taken to the symmetrical horns on the re-cut singlecut-to-double cut jobs like this one, but so it goes. Still a fantastic old guitar, and great work by you.
 

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New camera is cool!
Looks like it sustains for days. That neck joint looks awesome with that beefy wood on sides.
Good luck!
 

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If the goal with the unfinished horn is to make it look like a modded, original TV yellow singlecut, then shouldn't the masking cover 100% of the roundover, since all that would have been "new" cuts/sanding from the original finished surface? Are you going to sand that back later?
 

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If the goal with the unfinished horn is to make it look like a modded, original TV yellow singlecut, then shouldn't the masking cover 100% of the roundover, since all that would have been "new" cuts/sanding from the original finished surface? Are you going to sand that back later?

Yeah, I'll be taking it back a bit once I get the finish completed. That way It will look more authentic rather than just being masked off.

Good eye:thumb:
 

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Yeah, I'll be taking it back a bit once I get the finish completed. That way It will look more authentic rather than just being masked off.

Good eye:thumb:

Cool! This is gonna turn out sweet. I love Juniors.
 

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Little bit of an update here. I held off on sanding the fretboard so I didn't have to mask it off while spraying the clear coats. I didn't want to take the chance that the tape would pull off any bits of the rosewood.

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Level sanded the clear coats... The color looks really good.

Sorry for the cheesy background.

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I'll finish up the headstock and then mov on to the fretboard. Then I'll work oh the cutaway area.
 
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Maybe the pics (or my eyes!), but the yellow doesn't look like TV Yellow to me.

Difficult to describe - TV Yellow (IMHO) has almost a "milkyness" to it. I'm seeing green in that new paint.

But as long as you like it, then it's cool. Great work :)
 

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Must me the fluorescent lighting. In person, it looks much more like a combination of these two.

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Maybe these look better?

Just re-radiused the fretboard, but didn't get carried away with it. The member wants some of the divots left so it still looks it's age.

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Maybe better lighting?
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