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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:57 pm

Easier said than done!  50mm mount holes are tricky to find.

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Barry on Mon Apr 06, 2015 11:57 pm

Liking the creme version too. Could ya maybe get creative with some crazy glue and a "donor" transplant mounting ring part?

And the green looks really good in those shots.

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:17 am

Thanks, I think I prefer the cream too.
Had a look around the shed and house for something to fix the ring with, to no avail as yet.

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Westbone on Tue Apr 07, 2015 3:58 am

Try these. Used them before a slight difference to Mats.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HUMBUCKER-Flat-based-NECK-or-BRIDGE-PICKUP-SURROUND-RINGS-in-CREAM-or-BLACK-/191282594764?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&var=490400405543&hash=item2c8954c3cc

50mm mount holes???? where you get that from? That's BIG!

Filing out the nut channel affraid

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Post by Catalyst on Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:19 am

Nice work again Sarge... Cool

Not 100% on the green though, seems a bit wishy washy to me.....just my warped opinion of course as everyone else seems to like it  Laughing

Black would get my vote with a light green, adds a bit of definition.

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:34 am

Cheers guys. 
Westbone I'd looked at those but the screw holes don't match the mats. 
50mm? auto correct strikes again!

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Post by Westbone on Tue Apr 07, 2015 4:41 am

Your talking .5mm. Used them and still got the screws in the Mat holes.

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:06 am

No I meant the distance between the mount holes

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Westbone on Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:31 am

I know they fit I've used 'em.

Mats are 82.5mm x 37.5 approx.

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:35 am

OKccheers

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:13 pm

All done,(barr the pup rings) buffed to a semi sheen finish.













Fresh set of EB slinky 10's, with the fret dress it plays ver ver nice indeedy, the feel of an oil finish neck really is something to behold, was going to put some Gretsch style gold knobs on, but I'm not keeping it so the new owner can choose Smile
lost a lb or so with sanding Smile down to 7 1/2 lbs or thereabouts.

Offers welcome....

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Post by Meadows on Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:35 pm

Very smart indeed, looks less rock and more jazz fusion with the beige pup vibe, job well done Pete Smile , are you pleased with the way the project turned out overall?

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:39 pm

Thanks Si.
Yes, very pleased, the plan was (like the blue one last year) to finish up with a vintage feeling instrument, and that's what I have.
Learning all the way eh, I went for the grain to be filled a bit more than the blue, just to see if I could, and while it's not 100% it's very close, another 5 or 6 coats of oil and I think I couldn't feel any grain.

EDIT: grain filled on the ash, not the maple or walnut.

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by BriGuy1968 on Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:44 pm

Lovely!

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Catalyst on Fri Apr 10, 2015 2:52 pm

Cream pups look great....can't believe i suggested the black  Laughing

Yet another sweet job sarge,  Thumb Up

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:18 pm

I can believe you suggested black Smile 

Thanks for the kind words guys.

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Barry on Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:27 pm

Almost a surfing vibe going on there, Dick Dale meets the Leprechaun. Razz
Liking it a lot Pete.

Next one...Gretsch Orange! Hey, yer running out o' colours.

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri Apr 10, 2015 4:32 pm

Well... Purple, dark purple,  or magenta were on my mind.... But gretsch orange....interesting... Watch this space..

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Shumer on Fri May 22, 2015 9:56 am

I love that green. I've began a restoration and wish I'd gone green. It's appropriate as I now have envy! Great job

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri May 22, 2015 1:17 pm

Thanks! 
Shumer don't be shy with your photos mind!  "pics or it didn't happen"  as the Internet says Smile

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by mortarman120gang11c on Fri May 22, 2015 3:08 pm

Cool That turned out very nice indeed and I love the color and cream pickups. If she ever needs a new home I can provide a great one. Looks great Nice work.

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Fri May 22, 2015 3:28 pm

Thanks man! 

The thunder is a great guitar for an easy refinish, lots of fun Smile

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:07 pm

OK folks,  I am restricting myself to a firm 1 in 1 out system as I simply do not have room for any more,  so this greenie is up for offers, interested parties should  see me in my office —>

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by The Chad on Thu Jun 25, 2015 3:19 pm

Whoa...  Shocked   Very nice! 

That is a very pleasant looking guitar.  Sharp and very well appointed.  The gold, cream, green, nice grain, rosewood, everything works together amazingly. 

Excellent work Sarge!!!  Thumb Up

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Re: '83 Thunder 1 resto/refin

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Thu Jun 25, 2015 4:20 pm

Thanks,  it's fun learning skillz and making less mistakes each time.

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