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Post by corsair on Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:12 am

.... I just cannot be trusted, really. After all of my hot air about not buying any more guitars.... I've bought another, and whats more it's a Westone!!

It's a project and it looks quite rough but it's in Australia, it's one of very few that I've ever seen for sale and - and this is quite important - it's in my price range!!

Now I have to decide what colourway to do - there is a selection of factory colours that I like, and what pickups to equip it with as the OEM ones are AWOL.

It is a late Raider II with the Bendmaster Precision trem and when it arrives, I'll show y'all... these were only available in red or black, but I've got plenty of red and black guitars, so one of the early bi-colours is going to be the go; the black/silver, gold/orange or the blue/gold; Lucy has already vomited on my personal fave, the blue/gold so we'll see...

so.... anyone got a set of MMK 45s for a good home, lets talk!!

opinions on the colours, guys!!

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Post by punkyjam67 on Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:02 am

'Like' is a difficult word to apply wholeheartedly in this case (Wink), but I think I prefer the Sparkle Gold & Red, myself... Smile

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Post by Westbone on Sun Feb 16, 2014 8:33 am

You do love a pointy... Smile 

Black'nSilver more 'class'

Sorry the gold'nblue looks like something you'd find in an African location.. Laughing

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Post by Barry on Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:54 am

corsair wrote:...After all of my hot air about not buying any more guitars.... I've bought another...
 Roll on Floor Laff Some will power!!

I'll go with Damian on this one. The blue/orange looks more like an Olympic flag.  Rolling Eyes

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:14 pm

Silver/black all day long.  good luck John!

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Post by eyebulger on Sun Feb 16, 2014 11:59 pm

The seller you bought it from has 1 MMK45 for sale and I have one here that you can have if that's any help to you Smile

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Post by corsair on Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:42 am

Damian, you've got one, yes? Could you take some photies of the tuners for me please? And does yours have pull pots??
Sorry, gang.... I'm really liking the blue/gold.... however, I may well be overruled!

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Post by Westbone on Tue Feb 18, 2014 2:48 pm

Mines a Raider I later 2 pup version, 22 frets, pull/push coil tap on tone control, volume, 3 way.
Sgt. Vimes also has one to hand which is a 'sparkly'

The tuners are more Schaller style with the screw tang at right angles. Still if your doing a refurb you could fit normal Spectrum style.

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:41 pm



mine is a 83 Raider 1.   mini oval tuners.....my fave  Smile  with the screw holes at right angles to the post

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Post by Westbone on Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:02 pm

Here's another set from a '83 model Raider I. Recently sold on ebay.



See no reason why this style won't fit. Also more readily available and cheap!!


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Post by Westbone on Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:40 pm

used these a good few times as replacements on various guitar.
Nothing wrong with them, hold tune fine.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/6-In-line-Electric-guitar-Machine-heads-Concave-Button-CR-/271355785431?pt=UK_Guitar_Accessories&hash=item3f2e10b0d7#ht_5320wt_936


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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:44 pm

Are those the Jin Ho brand?  if so they make the Wilkinson tuners.....I have a couple sets...as you say Damian...they hold tune very well and the build quality and finish is great. recommended.

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Post by Westbone on Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:53 pm

This is all the same gear as sold by pappa d's, ch guitars etc.
At twice the price in the UK

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Post by mortarman120gang11c on Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:09 pm

My vote goes for the Red/Gold Sparkle same colors as USMC Semper Fi. I have both the red/Black models in single and double humbucker models and I love them both.

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Post by corsair on Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:05 am

Ahh... you're a good bunch; thank you for that; yes; it will be a ground up refurb so the normal 45° screw tang will do the trick as the headstock needs attention. This poor bloody thing has seen some abuse, believe me...

Actually I was thinking of locking tuners and my spare FT bridge, as it will drop straight into the gap left by the Precision.... thoughts, guys?!

I'm starting to think that orangeyred/gold sparkles may be the go; I like the blue/yellow but I seem to be the only one that does, and silver/black is a little staid for my tastes and I would like to stay close to the factory colours... rightly or wrongly! Of course, that's going to be a pig in a poke as I can only really go off the brochure colours, on a screen .... unless someone with one takes it into a paint shop and gets the paint analysed!

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Post by Westbone on Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:55 am

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/chrome-Auto-lock-Electric-Acoustic-Guitar-Machine-Heads-6R-/121261241844?pt=UK_Guitar_Accessories&hash=item1c3bbbb5f4

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Black-Auto-lock-Electric-Acoustic-Guitar-Machine-Heads-6R-/271381716236?pt=UK_Guitar_Accessories&hash=item3f2f9c5d0c

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Post by corsair on Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:32 am

Cheers, Damian!

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Post by The Don on Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:15 am

Is patriotic Aussie Green and Gold an option ?

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Post by corsair on Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:57 am

Would be if I was an Aussie..... but I'm not!!

Besides, I've got a plan for an Australian themed finish for a guitar along the lines of my 'Corsair' Avenger.

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Post by Westbone on Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:13 am

corsair wrote:Would be if I was an Aussie..... but I'm not!!

 Have to be silver n' black then... Smile

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Post by corsair on Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:44 am

Too drab! My provincial colours, however, were blue and gold....

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Post by Westbone on Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:12 am

Bay of Plenty or Otago?

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Post by The Chad on Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:54 am

The more color the better!   You've been wanting one of those for a while!  So glad you're getting one.

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Post by corsair on Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:41 pm

Blue and gold - Otago.... blue and yellow - BOP!!

Thanks, Chad!!


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Post by corsair on Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:17 pm

OK, team... a box has arrived from NSW and here we go; this thing has seen some action, by crikey; the case has a band logo oversprayed on the outside and a tour lot number on the inside. case is a little tatty - as to be expected but is in better nick than the guitar.. to whit...





... doesn't look too bad from out here, eh!!



headstock and tuners are in dire need of repair/replacement. Damian, is the nut in yours a standard Fender-y type one, as per the Spectrums??







... all the points badly munted...



Bendmaster Precision bridge



*shudder*





...drilling out the frozen bridge screw



... into its constituent pieces



.. this is interesting; the bridge post insert hole on the bar side of the bridge has very little wood left in the cavity, eh!! The thin piece of wood between the neck pup hole and the neck butt is gone also..



... and just for the record, the factory marks in the neck p'up cavity.

I've enough to be going on with....

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