Thunder I-A restoration

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Thunder I-A restoration

Post by willembad on Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:41 pm

Hi all. I'm in the process of restoring a Thunder 1a. I believe it's an '83. Someone before me refinished it since the headstock logo is gone. All the knobs and bridge parts are really stained as well.

My question is if anyone knows or can check a stock model and tell me if the active electronics ran on 18V or 9V? This guitar is currently wired for 18V (2x9V batteries in series) and it differs a bit from the diagrams I can find online. As far as I know it works as is, I'm not sure if it is stock though. It looks like it has been re-wired.

Thanks,

Willem

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Re: Thunder I-A restoration

Post by Hyperion on Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:14 pm

My Thunder III has a 18volts circuit. 18 volts is way better than 9 volts for dynamic.

If you want to restore the logo, then here's a vectorized SVG/EPS "Westone" logo I have made, below. It can be used to create a professional looking waterslide transfer.

The original jpg : http://guitarandjazz.free.fr/REPERTOIRE/Mixo/westone.jpg
The SVG : http://guitarandjazz.free.fr/REPERTOIRE/Mixo/westone-2.svg
The EPS : http://guitarandjazz.free.fr/REPERTOIRE/Mixo/westone-2.eps

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Re: Thunder I-A restoration

Post by Guest on Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:36 pm

Hello Willembad and welcome! Smile

Depending on where you are in the world, I know a bloke here
in the UK who makes waterslide transfers and he does a cracking job of them. I have just recently sold a Thunder I that I sanded the logo off and instead of painstakingly drawing it back on (which is what I usually do), I used one of these transfers and you couldn't tell the difference.

If you want to, PM me and I will give you his details. He sends full instructions on how to apply/finish them and he always provides spares in case of cock-ups!

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Re: Thunder I-A restoration

Post by willembad on Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:16 pm

Thanks,

I'm in the US by the way. 18V it is then, I just weren't sure. Believe it or not I recreated the logo using the plate at the neck connection. The metal part had the Westone logo and I duplicated it from there. I have a method involving laser printer transparencies and paint, and if successful I'll post here on how to for anyone else inclined to try.

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Re: Thunder I-A restoration

Post by corsair on Thu Dec 18, 2008 3:20 pm

Hi there, fella - as I've said before, my Matsumoku Vantage VA900 has 2 9V batteries as well but one of them just runs the little light that indicates pre-amp on/off, so be aware of that eh?!

Yeah, do share your processes with us; we love this stuff!! Very Happy

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Re: Thunder I-A restoration

Post by hoax on Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:27 pm

Hi - i can do the logo for £4.50 + £1 postage - Check UK Ebay.

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1981 thunder waterslide decal

Post by turnersmews on Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:33 pm

Pollyanna wrote:Hello Willembad and welcome! Smile

Depending on where you are in the world, I know a bloke here
in the UK who makes waterslide transfers and he does a cracking job of them. I have just recently sold a Thunder I that I sanded the logo off and instead of painstakingly drawing it back on (which is what I usually do), I used one of these transfers and you couldn't tell the difference.

If you want to, PM me and I will give you his details. He sends full instructions on how to apply/finish them and he always provides spares in case of cock-ups!

Pauline
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Hi
Could you possibly let me have the details please.

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Re: Thunder I-A restoration

Post by Guest on Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:39 pm

Hello Turnersmews and welcome!

Unfortunately, the guy I mentioned in the post which you quoted me from, is no longer in business. However, if you look at the previous post you will see that one of our members here can provide you with equally good waterslide transfers. Use the PM service to contact 'Hoax' and I'm sure he will be happy to oblige.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Thunder I-A restoration

Post by willembad on Fri Nov 11, 2011 2:33 pm

Way to resurrect ancient thread....

I forgot about updating this and stumbled across it today. Pic of the logo I made and of guitar body after refurb.

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Re: Thunder I-A restoration

Post by corsair on Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:10 pm

OMG... trans blue Thunder... oh yes!! Let's see a bit more please, Willem!!

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Re: Thunder I-A restoration

Post by Barry on Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:16 am

Ohhh mommy!! A Thunder Skylark!
Beautiful. Well done!

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Re: Thunder I-A restoration

Post by Westbone on Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:45 am

That looks realy nice, something different for a change. Good job, 'king A. Smile

Do like all the chrome, all matching ect. Very nice indeedy.

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Re: Thunder I-A restoration

Post by Warrn on Sun Nov 13, 2011 10:34 pm

Oh wow, that blue is GORGEOUS! Very Happy

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gorgeous trans blue

Post by jefftone on Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:51 am

Beautiful job!!! I want to do my thunder like that as I have a USA Strat Custom Shop exactly the same colour. Did you use tinted lacquer with final clear coats once the desired colour was reached. What type of lacquer? Could you give me an idea of how you made the decal? Are the letters individual or joined together.....there does not seem to be an edge to the decal. Very nicely done man! Any help appreciated....Jeff

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