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Post by Guest on Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:52 am

I was kidding - I got the TRC Smile - although it really would suck to lose it.

but I did forget to wet sand it - at least that should go pretty quick

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:56 pm

You should be very proud of yourself, thats a cracking job, well done!
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Post by Westbone on Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:11 pm

That's looking good.

What happened up the side of the fingerboard where it meets the body?
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Post by Guest on Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:27 pm

Westbone wrote:That's looking good.

What happened up the side of the fingerboard where it meets the body?

good eye eh - It is a bit of the tinted amber that I thought was all gone, and did not notice till I put the stain on that it would not apply there. I did not want to mess with the coat of stain (first time trying it) so I figured I'd leave that one tiny little bit hoping no one would notice Smile
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Post by westcoaster on Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:48 pm

That is a thing of beauty and a brave colour choice which has really paid off for you. Can't wait to see it all nailed together. Take a bow.
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Post by grogg on Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:54 am

That looks gorgeous, good job Sarc.
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Post by Guest on Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:23 pm

Thanks for the compliments folks

I finished the final buff and started to put it back together - took this shot:



and as I started adding the rest of the parts, I had to stop - all the parts are aged, ugly and worn. So I think I will be replacing most of the stuff.

The tuners are good. I need new PUP rings, screws, 3 way switch, replacement pots to split coils, jack (needs to be black, current is chrome)

The biotch is the BMD. I know there was a black BMD on Ebay about a year ago that looked new - wish I grabbed it. My current one is in dire need of a good cleaning/rust removal /painting?





It's just going to look Wrong on this guitar now - know what I mean?
If anyone has a clean BMD that is black - I got a Chrome one in perfect condition for trade - maybe I will post in the for sale/trade threads
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Post by corsair on Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:07 am

Get it replated in black....

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Re: Pantera X350MA Restore

Post by The Chad on Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:50 am

Sand and repaint. Or better yet, find another Westie with the same trem in good condition and buy it. Trade trems on it, and then turn around and resell the guitar (now with your old trem on it, let somebody else sand and paint it). That way you'll be out minimal money and you'll have a great looking trem for the ocean blue Pantera.
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Post by hobster on Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:36 am

Stellar job Sarc! Looks excellent, wish i had a black BM but my spare is chrome too. It'll take some time but you could get that sucker looking new.
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Re: Pantera X350MA Restore

Post by Westbone on Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:20 am

sarcaster wrote:
Westbone wrote:That's looking good.

What happened up the side of the fingerboard where it meets the body?

good eye eh - It is a bit of the tinted amber that I thought was all gone, and did not notice till I put the stain on that it would not apply there. I did not want to mess with the coat of stain (first time trying it) so I figured I'd leave that one tiny little bit hoping no one would notice Smile

As nice as it's come out.

Thought you would have corrected that bit. It looks like an unfinished job

After coming so far..
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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:17 am

I'm looking into plating it - I know some one who does it, but looks like a LOT of detail work to get it cleaned - the rust seems to be the biggest issue there.

I also found some flame maple PUP rings that I am wondering if they would look good on it if I stained them the same - something to think about.
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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:29 am

Westbone wrote:
As nice as it's come out.

Thought you would have corrected that bit. It looks like an unfinished job

After coming so far..

It was not noticable till the stain was down, and I was worried about sanding it out and restaining - I think that may have made things worse, but it really is a small bit that I'm ok with. As long as nothing else goes ary Smile
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Post by Westbone on Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:46 pm

The guy that likes sanding....missed a bit...Twisted Evil
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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:54 pm

Westbone wrote:The guy that likes sanding....missed a bit...Twisted Evil

and was very tired of the sanding this time - I'm thinking maybe 9 hrs total on this one. No more Pantera sanding for me



unless I find another 350 or 390 in dire need of it Smile
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Post by Guest on Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:40 pm

So I ordered a bunch of stuff to get this going and thought...wait since I have a near mint chrome BMD, why not use that?

So what do you think:
Chrome BMD, cream PUP rings, cream switch cover

or

wait for the nice black BMD, or make mine nicer, and use the black PUP rings?

I'm leaning towards the chrome at the moment - with the cream rings, and then wait to find a set of chrome westone tuners - it would look more PRSish in the long run and brighten it up a bit

To be honest, I', in flux right now on what I want the final parts to be. I got my awesome knobs from Tiv, and the rest I have options.

I'm also thinking of putting in some semour duncan PUPs in it (my fav set) as I think when this is done, this is gonna be my fav player as well as a looker.

choices choices.. i yi yi.
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Post by corsair on Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:40 pm

I've got a set of chrome tuners around here somewhere...

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Post by Guest on Sun Oct 14, 2012 11:53 pm

corsair wrote:I've got a set of chrome tuners around here somewhere...

Oy - I know ya got 6 inline, and they were mint my friend, I need 3 +3 eh
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Post by corsair on Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:56 am

hee hee hee.....

I've only got a set of inlines in black, bro... sorry!

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Re: Pantera X350MA Restore

Post by Barry on Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:14 am

sarcaster wrote:...So what do you think:
Chrome BMD, cream PUP rings, cream switch cover...
I'm ordinarily not wild about chrome pickup covers (or covers, period, for that matter) but I think it would look good here. And creme trim? Absolutely!
Black might be too dulling and detract from that beautiful finish.
Then again, zebra pups in creme...mmm, tasty. What a Face

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Post by The Chad on Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:47 am

Cream and chrome would look nice. More classy than black. And if you don't like it you can just change them later.
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Re: Pantera X350MA Restore

Post by Westbone on Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:19 pm

You'll be needing something like this.

Send me a PM if interested.

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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:15 am

Here's a look with the PUP covers removed and the light PUP rings and switch tip and with the chrome BMD.

hmmm. I think it looks good like this, and also with the all black look too. Maybe I'll change it up from time to time.


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Post by The Chad on Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:21 am

Oh yeah, classy like that just like I was seeing in me head. Original black knobs will be used I assume. Sweet!
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Post by Westbone on Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:52 pm

All black and chrome.

Seems to busy with the cream. Ditto chad, black knobs or chrome???
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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:07 pm

Wow, I could do naughty things with a pretty lady like that Twisted Evil
the chrome looks great in that combo
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Post by corsair on Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:57 pm

Westbone wrote:All black and chrome. Seems to busy with the cream.

This.

Though given the choice I'd go for all black hardware... the whole stealth option!!

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Re: Pantera X350MA Restore

Post by Guest on Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:08 pm

corsair wrote:
Westbone wrote:All black and chrome. Seems to busy with the cream.

This.

Though given the choice I'd go for all black hardware... the whole stealth option!!



I do like the all black stealth look, but with the cream PUP rings and chrome hardware it really reminds me of my first PRS. Whale Blue, cream PUPS, chrome hardware - unfortunately I had to sell it. So I will go along this path for now, and maybe change it to all black later Smile
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Post by hoax on Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:40 pm

Hey Sarc

I actually like the open humbuckers with cream rings and chrome hardware. Its Old Skool - Like me.

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Post by Guest on Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:47 pm

hoax wrote:Hey Sarc

I actually like the open humbuckers with cream rings and chrome hardware. Its Old Skool - Like me.

Hoax



Thanks eh
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Post by TVill25 on Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:49 am

This was like finding buried treasure. I just found this. Where was I????

That guitar looks ridiculous!! I am green, no blue with envy!!!!
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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:42 pm

So with some tuners from Westbone and new knobs from Tvill installed (thanks guys), I am nearly done with this one. It's all wired up except for the jack, and I think I'm going to make some new plates for the back so they look new, or if I use the ones it has, I at least want new screws so it is looking as new as possible.

Here's how it looks currently:







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Post by TVill25 on Wed Nov 07, 2012 12:09 am

I am stoked to have provided something on such an awesome guitar. Very Happy
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Post by corsair on Wed Nov 07, 2012 5:47 am

Ohhh, now that's nice! Good work, bro!!

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Post by Barry on Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:16 am

Beautiful!
Now, go play some blues. Smile

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Post by jim on Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:44 pm

I never commented on your project. It is really intimidating in a way.
I wish I was able to do things like that. Very impressed wih the result!
Looks marvellous! Congrats!
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Post by Guest on Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:55 pm

jim wrote:I never commented on your project. It is really intimidating in a way.
I wish I was able to do things like that. Very impressed wih the result!
Looks marvellous! Congrats!



Thanks eh! Each one I refinish has been better than the previous, and to be honest, practice makes closer to perfect each time. I'm hoping the two finishes I'm working on currently come out even better, but I am proud of this one particularly and appreciate all the nice comments from all during this thread.
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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:39 pm

Sarc, I never noticed this but are those the unpainted string lock clamps i sent?
if so, Cool! I'm also stoked to have contributed a tiny amount!!!!

i think they look good silver/black/silver,
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Post by Guest on Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:11 pm

Ya - I did use a couple of them! Thanks eh!
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Post by GtrGeorge! on Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:04 am

Wow...great work!!!
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Post by mortarman120gang11c on Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:37 am

You sir are a talented craftsman for certain. That is one beauty you have there. The finish is awesome.Great work indeed. Congrats on one super nice axe.
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Post by mopower on Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:19 am

very nice! I imagine you already have an orange one right?
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Post by Guest on Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:57 pm

I did have one with the stock color but recently sold it.  Figured I only need one..
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Post by grogg on Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:08 pm

Then Steve (Iceman) needs to know, wheres he gone anyway?
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Post by corsair on Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:16 pm

grogg wrote:Then Steve (Iceman) needs to know, wheres he gone anyway?

Very good question!! Anyone??

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Post by Barry on Tue Jan 14, 2014 7:01 pm

'Bin wondering the same thing.  Thinking 
Frenchy also is MIA.

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Post by hoax on Wed Jan 15, 2014 4:18 am

I messaged Iceman at Christmas and he is well, but very busy. He undertook to return to the fold when time permits.

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Post by The Chad on Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:59 am

2nd what Graham said.  I'd texted our beloved Steve of the frozen north about a month back, he's alive and well just pulled too thin right now.
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