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Thunder I rebuild

Post by Westbone on Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:40 am

Had this old bashed up Thunder I around for awhile and decided to spruce it up a bit.
Unfortunately didn't take a good shot prior to disassembly. This is how it was.










My assistant




Half done



More to follow later............

The veneer all glued + shaped up.
Now the hard work starts, sanding, sandind, sanding...

Started staining. Thinking of shortning the headstock a wee bit????

Decided to shorten the headstock afterall.










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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by hoax on Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:22 pm


That is going to look a very cool guitar on completion Damo. I like you subtle mods.

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Westbone on Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:38 pm

Half of one of your logo's Graham.The first one was on a white background, lol? burp!


Applied a bit of a burst and can get on with the lacquer




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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Guest on Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:19 pm

looking very nice. Howthick is the veneer? And curious to why you trimmed down the heastock - was it banged up?

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Westbone on Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:28 pm

The veneer is .55mm.
No the headstock was OK, just always thought they look a wee bit long. The older 'tones with the script type logo are even longer than the 'bird' logo's anyway, about a 1/4 ". This one was a 'bird'.
Just looks more in proportion.

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Westbone on Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:38 am

Decided to flat it down a bit more, get rid of a few imperfections.
Have to do the burst again, think I'll put a even darker shade on the very edge as well.


Got some real nice pickups for this.

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Guest on Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:12 am

I think the darler edges will look good. Tough not to sand through around the edges though huh?

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Post by The Chad on Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:11 pm

Really digging the veneer idea. Good choice of color, reminds me of a violin.

And your "assistant" looks like he needs to do more work, looks fat and lazy. Laughing

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Westbone on Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:53 pm

sarcaster wrote:I think the darler edges will look good. Tough not to sand through around the edges though huh?

Yes, carefull around the edges.
There were a few 'marks' where the veneer joins the edge radious, had to flat them out.


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My assistant,' Tiddler' is a fat lazy thing, trying to get him to sand something down with his tongue, no chance.
He's a big 'un 24" from his head to the start of his tail, 7.5 kg's. Keeps all the other cats out of the garden and often brings us half a mouse, yummy! :cat:

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by grogg on Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:59 pm

Like it so far. Whats the pups?

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Barry on Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:54 pm

She's turning into a whole different animal, eh? Nice Damian.

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Iceman on Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:45 pm

Tiddler, eh? Looks like Tippler to me judging by that well relaxed form..

You do keep the paint thinner cabinet locked..... right, old boy?

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by thunder1 on Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:56 am

> The veneer is .55mm.

Are all "stripey" Mats just veneer over solid timer??
I thought that they had laminated bodies, e.g. Vantages, etc?!?
I've never sanded one down to check...

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Westbone on Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:02 am

All the Korean ones are.
Mats are solid. eg. x350 ma. Prestige 250.

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by thunder1 on Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:49 am

I don't quite get it, the stripes on your Mat Westone is just veneer but my 1983 VP820 is solid timber laminated?
I know my VSH 455 is just laminated, but I'd assumed solid-bodies like 800s were actually glued together...

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by thunder1 on Sat Aug 20, 2011 7:52 am

Doooh!
I get it now - you put veneer onto the Thunder, you didn't take it off!
Confusion solved. That'll teach me to read the posts a bit better...

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by hoax on Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:24 am

thunder1 wrote:Doooh!
I get it now - you put veneer onto the Thunder, you didn't take it off!
Confusion solved. That'll teach me to read the posts a bit better...

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That's actually a good idea Damian - You could take the veneer off to highlight the laminate construction. Make a feature of it !!

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Westbone on Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:00 am

Yep, hadn't thought of that. Laughing

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Iceman on Sun Aug 21, 2011 5:07 pm

hoax wrote:

That's actually a good idea Damian - You could take the veneer off to highlight the laminate construction. Make a feature of it !!

sunny

Veneer on or veneer off it still looks like a beauty. Did you have an idea if the front of the headstock would look good without that surface covered? Or is the base wood not up to snuff visually?

Continue on with the darkening of the burst and you will have yourself a nice deep coffee-stained example. You are quite the wizard WB!!
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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Westbone on Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:15 pm

The Thunders(plain ash) have a ash veneer on from the off. Even the painted one's have a veneer. Look at the rear of the headstock.

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by grogg on Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:48 pm

Hi Damian,
Hows this one going? I am thinking of doing something similar to a spare body I have for a T1 bass which has one of those crappy looking side cuts glued in rather than the solid ash. What wood is the veneer youve used?
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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Westbone on Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:18 am

It's figured sycamore, known as european maple, same family. Bit of a weed around here.

Work on the thunder has come to a halt at the mo. Loads of things to do and no time..

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Westbone on Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:30 am

Touched the old Thunder up a wee bit.
Let it dry for a few months Laughing and then some lacquer. One day in the future.







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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Frenchy on Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:15 am

Wow.... cheers . That is amazing!.... She is looking better and better.... king

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by The Chad on Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:19 pm

Gorgeous. Are you going with a super high gloss?

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