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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:54 pm

Thanks to Catalyst for a nice little trade, this thing has more balls than Buster Gonad.
Spent yesterday tidying it up, a severe fret polishing and  filling lots of chips on the edge of the fretboard, Trying out a pair of Wilkinson WHZ pups....which sounded awful at first....ahem...until I sorted my wiring out...Embarassed 

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Post by Westbone on Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:59 pm

Very nice indeedy.

Heavy?

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:03 pm

My first Westbury, what a beautifully made instrument, so solid and it set up so slick, 1.3mm at 12th fret Twisted Evil

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:06 pm

Just a smidge under 4 kilos

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:10 pm

My bad camera technique doesn't show the big chip in the neck, repaired with my usual felt pen and superglue, but I changed glue brand and it turned the brown pen green! hey ho, cant feel it which was the point, so all the chips have been done uncolored.

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Post by Catalyst on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:12 pm

Bloody hell Sarge.....is that the same one?..lol! 

Looks dandy mate, nice work.....real glad its gone to a good home Very Happy 

.....looking forward to the 'trade' turning up... Wink

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:14 pm

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Post by hoax on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:23 pm

Great Score Sarge!!

I have about a half dozen of these. They are great guitars. Weight is not consistent with them. Some are heavy some are fairly light. All play fantastically well and sound great except when I play them.

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:26 pm

is there any way to date them hoax? I think \i read somewhere that the unlaminated necks are the late 70's.

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Post by hoax on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:36 pm

I will need to check Sarge but I think that all of mine have typical Mats laminate necks.

I will have a look tomorrow and get back. There is info on them on the Univox forum.

You won't want to flip that thing any time soon. What did you trade for it?

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:37 pm

I don't want to flip this at all!
I'm sure you'll find out the trade soon enough...

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Post by mortarman120gang11c on Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:21 pm

Very nice, great cleanup job, bet it sounds great.

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Post by Barry on Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:09 pm

Really like the 'vibe' from these. Don't ever see them 'round these here parts.

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Post by hoax on Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:21 am

Just checked the necks. Two are definitely laminated. The others, I can't tell due to the finish but I suspect that they may be one piece with little wings on the headstock.

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:53 am

Thanks Graham, this is also a one piece with wings, the neck really is a perfect fit for my hand. 
No markings or numbers anywhere on this, nothing under the neck pup other than a big-ass screw.

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Post by The Chad on Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:23 pm

We don't see many Westbury's here in the States.  Wonderful looking instruments.  Love the zebra pickups.

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:22 pm

They're just Wilkinson pups, not great, hot but not great.
I'm looking out for another pair of PAF's.....can't bring myself to take mine out of my Spectrum ST.....just sound too good in that axe.
might be worthwhile getting a beat up Hondo with them in, probably for less than a pair on ebay!

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Re: Pretty standard affair

Post by Catalyst on Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:05 pm

and here's the trade.....

talk about black!...not seen a Thunder Jet bass in person before, everything, bar the frets and strings, is black....pictures don't really do it justice but it looks amazingly cool... Cool 
sounds great, just like my Thunder 1, and really easy and comfortable to play....plus it will sit great next to my Jet lead....

picked this up couple of weeks ago for £51...including amp, soft case, 2 cables and stand....
I'll post some more pics when I've had chance to give them a bit of spit and polish.
Much obliged Sarge, I think the trade worked well for both of us. Very Happy

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:44 pm

I think you're right, everyone a winner So Happy 
looks and feels mean and moody with the dull finish, also feels more substantial than the light oak thunder 1 bass from memory.

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Post by hoax on Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:51 pm

Great deal for both of you!!

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Re: Pretty standard affair

Post by Catalyst on Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:20 am

any ideas how I keep the dull finish looking dull?

I would imagine that even an original dull finish will buff up naturally due to normal use over time? scratch 

on the six string Jet it looks like someone started to polish/clean it...realised it affected the matte finish and stopped as it seems almost glossy in one particular area. Would it be possible to remove said polish and return it to its dull roots?
I guess this would be a bit trickier if he had used a silicone based cleaner although I wouldn't have thought it would penetrate the finish on a Mats so may come off with some meths mebbee??

What do you guys generally use to clean/polish your instruments?

Feel free to  move this over to technical if you feel its getting technical...Laughing

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:19 am

That stumped me too.

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Post by The Chad on Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:47 am

I don't think you can return it to it's natural dullness.  Once it's buffed it makes it shiny because it's a texture issue, it flattens it out so the light reflects differently.

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Post by Barry on Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:07 pm

Matte or satin finishes are fairly sensitive, especially on acoustics. They can quickly soak up body sweat from a forearm or a hand and close up the tiny crevices/pores in the wood surface. I often see the lower bout of "shredder" guitars present as all shiny against the rest of the black matte finish. Same thing on satin finished acoustics of all kinds.

The general wisdom dictates cleaning with a warm damp cloth (mild sudsy if needed). Followed immediately with a dry towel. Absolutely no cleaner or polish. The idea is to flush out the dirt and restore the dullness. If left to the point of shininess however it could be too late.

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Post by Catalyst on Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:12 pm

thanks guys.....is there anything to be gained by giving it a wipe down with meths just to remove any polish residue that might have been applied?
Its 30 years old and I'm surprised it hasn't been buffed to within an inch of its life already...

If all else fails, whats the best to do...polish it all to bring it up to a universal level of shine?...half matte with shiny patches looks a bit of a mess, although having said that...most of my guitars do anyway  Laughing 

If i'm a'polishing...whats the best type to use...i've heard numerous different methods?

Once again, thanks for your help Cool

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