1984 Thunder 1A additional features query

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1984 Thunder 1A additional features query

Post by fr3t2 on Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:01 am

Hi all

I have recently started to restore a 1984 Thunder 1A but it doesn't quite look like it should.

The body has 4 screw holes around the input jack hole and it has a matching square brass plate for the input jack to fasten to.
Also there are 3 screw holes between the two pickups and and 1 forward of the neck pickup that look like they may have been to attach a pickguard. There is no pickguard with the guitar.

I've scoured the forum and the internet but can't find any pictures of guitars showing the brass plate or a pickguard.

Does anyone know if any guitars had these items? If they have been added later I intend to fill them in and discard the brass plate.

Thanks.

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Re: 1984 Thunder 1A additional features query

Post by fr3t2 on Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:20 am

Here is some pics of the brass plate, and extra holes.











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Re: 1984 Thunder 1A additional features query

Post by Iceman on Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:41 pm

To be honest it is my belief that you are restoring a Thunder that has been already worked over and previously modified.

None of the models I am familiar with have either a pickguard or a jack cover plate. I would look into filling those extra holes first before pressing on.

A link to our archives is here detailing the 5 known variations of the I-A ...

http://www.westoneguitars.net/guitars/thunder/thunder-i-a/

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Re: 1984 Thunder 1A additional features query

Post by Barry on Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:19 pm

What Iceman said.
Neither of those items were original, nor needed.
Plug the holes and refinish is all that's needed. Very Happy

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Re: 1984 Thunder 1A additional features query

Post by fr3t2 on Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:57 pm

That's what I suspected.
Thanks very much for your quick responses and advice. Very Happy

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