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Post by drsyn67 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:28 pm

Thanks, Barry, for posting the web link... great stuff there!

Attached are a few "in-progress" shots. A few hours of cleaning & polishing... all ruined in these shots by the reflections of leaves on the ground that I have yet to clean up. I haven't polished the frets yet, but that's coming. More to come... it will never look as good as Corsair's effort on the same model last year, but it is cleaning up well.



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Post by EvilVOG on Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:31 pm

that's funny it's the same model, and looked almost identical to the one that just popped up on my local CL...

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Post by drsyn67 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:34 pm

EvilVOG wrote:that's funny it's the same model, and looked almost identical to the one that just popped up on my local CL...

Yeah, EvilVog... that's why I posted "offer them $30" for it on your post here on the forum (b/c that's what I got this one for).

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Post by drsyn67 on Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:39 pm

About 75% (or more) of the imperfections on the body in these photos are reflections or fingerprints (despite my efforts with a cloth before photographing... Damn these black guitars!) That big white spot is one of those orbs from Ghost Hunters that flew by... it is not there.

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Post by EvilVOG on Mon Mar 26, 2012 12:11 am

wow $30??? closest i've seen to that was at a pawn shop and the only brand in that pile i recognized was Rogue... congrats on your find.

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Post by Barry on Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:49 am

drsyn67 wrote:Thanks, Barry, for posting the web link... great stuff there!....it is cleaning up well.
Yup! She's a Spectrum! Search the forums for information on refinishing /restoration tips. I always recommend Meguiars Ultimate Compound if available, to remove the scuff marks and light scratches, but there are other equally good products out there too.
To do it right of course you need to strip the body of hardware. Don't try cleaning around all the bits and pieces. You'll go crazy and the results are never great.

For the fretboard crud, scrub it lightly using a toothbrush and warm water to which just a small drop of dishwashing detergent has been added. Rinse thoroughly and dry. Buff everything with #0000 steel wool then apply a good quality oil (lemon, almond, walnut etc). Let soak, then buff to a nice lustre.

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Post by drsyn67 on Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:58 pm

~ thanks for the tips, Barry. The Meguires stuff is the best for cars... so it makes sense that it would work on guitars.

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Post by Iceman on Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:01 pm

I just happen to have 2 sets of knobs for that guitar of yours dr, one in chrome and the other in black chrome.

The chrome ones I could probably let go for a T or 2. The black ones we would have to talk about... Wink

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Post by drsyn67 on Tue Mar 27, 2012 9:57 pm

Sent the Ice a private message. I'm gonna fall in love with this black geetar if I keep giving it so much TLC.

@ Barry... so you buff the fretboard with the 0000 steelwool? RIght now I've got frets taped and have used the steelwool on a few of them, then buffed them with a silver polish that a luthier recommended. Looking at them using a 30x magnification and I can almost see my eyeball... serious mirror finish! Looking at the fretboard with that magnification and I almost threw up seeing the gunk still there after my cleaning efforts sans-toothbrush.

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Post by Barry on Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:37 pm

drsyn67 wrote:...@ Barry... so you buff the fretboard with the 0000 steelwool?
Yup. On everything but a clear maple fretboard; frets and wood, with the grain, after cleaning the crud of by either scraping and/or scrubbing.
RIght now I've got frets taped and have used the steelwool on a few of them, then buffed them with a silver polish that a luthier recommended...
Geez, fancy shmancy! That's probably the height of cosmetic resto, and maybe overkill for this ol' gal. For really tarnished or stubborn dented frets I get excellent results simply by using a metal fret shield with some fine grit paper followed by the #0000 steel wool. But it's up to you. Whatever extra you put into it will show no doubt.

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