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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.










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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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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! 🐱
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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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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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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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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Barry on Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:19 pm

Very tasty Damian. No racing stripes for you then? Razz

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Post by Westbone on Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:35 pm

Barry wrote:Very tasty Damian. No racing stripes for you then? Razz

Nope, too slow meself Barry. Can't keep up Smile

Will add some high gloss lacquer soon. Then a bit of hardware.............might add pull/push tone knobs to coil tap as the switch is gone( the hole is still there but covered with veneer) would make things a bit lively, as you can mix when both pups are on Smile Tap the opposing coils.
Might use a 45 at the bridge and a 22 at the neck clown
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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Barry on Thu Mar 22, 2012 6:33 pm

EEEE HAWWWW! Ride 'em Damian!

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Westbone on Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:34 am

Playing about with some hardware.
Any opinions?
MMk 53's with all chrome


MMk 45's with chrome


MMk 45's and all brass



Could also remove the covers from the 53's.
Which do you reckon??


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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by beavis on Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:22 am

Wow, plain gorgeous!!! What a Face

As for the hardware, the last pic gets my vote.
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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by corsair on Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:12 am

Brass, Damian....looks good!! That's a lovely burst, mate!

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Barry on Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:32 am

Think you have to stay with a brass/black/creme combo Damian. I'm thinking zebras would be nice on this or even just creme mounting rings on the black pups? Definitely not chrome. Anywhere!

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Post by Westbone on Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:50 pm

See what you mean about the cream, just don't like cream personally. Goes with the brass though, mmmm!

Added a few coats of lacquer. Will need a good few more and plenty of elbow grease.



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Post by Barry on Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:46 pm

At first I missed me stripes. Now I'm loving this look Damian!

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Post by mortarman120gang11c on Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:38 pm

I would vote for the Brass hardware. Looks very nice thus far.
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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Frenchy on Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:14 pm

Looking better and better... that is going to look killer when done...

I also vote for the brass finish...
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Post by The Chad on Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:41 am

It's a shame the brass goes better, because the 53's are absolutely beautiful.
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Post by Westbone on Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:11 pm

I know Chad. Going to take the covers off Smile
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Post by Barry on Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:39 pm

Westbone wrote:I know Chad. Going to take the covers off Smile
...and, put 'em in creme mounting rings? bounce

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Post by Westbone on Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:04 pm

Something along these lines Barry.




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Post by hoax on Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:35 pm

Westbone wrote:Something along these lines Barry.





I like both of the last two more than the others (not that I don't like the others!!). Adds a bit of distinction.

Nice!!

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Post by IanO on Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:26 pm

For what it's worth...........black surrounds and zebra bobbins . Am loving the finish
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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by grogg on Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:44 pm

All looks good to me, hope that helps.
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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Barry on Tue Mar 27, 2012 5:41 pm

Now we're cookin'!
I actually prefer the creme pup in the black ring.

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Post by IanO on Tue Mar 27, 2012 6:19 pm

I agree with Barry. If both bobbins are to be the same colour then I prefer cream in black surround. I do have to say that the finish is cool enough for any combination. Top job!
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Post by Guest on Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:26 pm

I say you should do the same finish on multiple thunders, and have different hardware anu PUP covers on Each:)
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Post by Westbone on Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:10 am

[quote="sarcaster"]I say you should do the same finish on multiple thunders, and have different hardware anu PUP covers on Each:)
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I've enough Thunders to do that sarc. Smile

Will give it another few coats of lacquer today.
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Post by corsair on Wed Mar 28, 2012 6:00 am

IanO wrote:For what it's worth...........black surrounds and zebra bobbins . Am loving the finish

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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by The Chad on Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:46 am

I'd like to see the black surrounds with zebra bobbins... would you photo that for us?

If you don't have zebra, then I'd do a +3 for the black surrounds with cream bobbins.
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Re: Thunder I rebuild

Post by Barry on Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:53 am

corsair wrote:IanO wrote: For what it's worth...........black surrounds and zebra bobbins . Am loving the finish
+1
Oh yeah! If zebras are now an option, I'm wif these guyz.

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