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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by GeoffG on Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:26 am

Not wishing to gloat but I got mine for £74 from eBay and recently bought a Matsumoku made Aria Pro 2 Laser bass for £102. So they are about.

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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by iep on Tue Jan 26, 2016 11:40 am

That is just gloating!

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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by Westbone on Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:30 pm

Whatever you do to it? staining ect. will only highlight missmatched grain/timbers...Sad

Any photos?

Have a peep at this grain.



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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by Meadows on Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:43 pm

Please let me know if you ever get bored of that fine beast Wink

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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by iep on Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:02 pm

That too is gloating Smile

Here's mine. I shouldn't complain, the neck is good, fret wear minimal and all the electronics work fine. However, the appearance is just not as nice as others I have seen. In particular the mismatch between the two pieces of ash that form the left wing make it look a bit less musical instrument and a bit more 'breadboard'. Possibly I just need to ignore it but I was thinking that a dark stain on the wings might improve the appearance.




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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by corsair on Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:42 pm

First up, stating the obvious, it looks in very nice nick indeed and while the grain is a little plain, it is still quite pretty!

That said, it is yours and you can do whatever you like to it, eh, and if you'd like to stain it, then have at it.... bearing in mind that staining is a lot harder to reverse if you don't like it than paint when it's done!

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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by iep on Tue Jan 26, 2016 4:08 pm

Ta Corsair.

If I'm honest I have not taken delivery yet so I could still cancel. I'm a bit torn because the condition is great (and very little play) but the appearance is not as nice as some I have seen.

My guess though is that few come up in this condition and may be I should get over myself (after all it is for playing). I also paid a fair price.

With a refinish t could maybe be beautiful......

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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by Westbone on Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:49 pm

Best way to hide that grain is with a  Ash Black colour.

You'd need a black tinted lacquer for best results.

http://i2.wp.com/www.westoneguitars.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/051.jpg

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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:25 pm

Personally I would leave that as is, a good honest guitar that's been looked after.
But..I would clean out the grain below/between the pickups and rub in some tru oil to protect from more corrosion.

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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by Barry on Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:14 pm

Well since it has become a Thunder festival... Smile

 

They're all so different eh?

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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by iep on Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:37 am

Barry, that is another nice one!

I'm not sure if I'll go for a full re-finish but if I do I'll probably go for a dark blue or red stain on the wings. Black is a bit too dark I reckon (though I know the Thunder 2s (or was it threes) came with a black finish on the wings).

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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by Westbone on Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:17 am

Both the Thunder I + IA's came in a black trans finish.
Look at the bottom of the page on the link.
http://i2.wp.com/www.westoneguitars.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/051.jpg

Red or blue stain is gonna make that odd grain jump out at ya! beleive me but it's yours so stain away...Cool

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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by iep on Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:23 am

Thanks for the link. I'd not seen any black ones.

I would have thought that a dark red stain (with some black grain filler across both wings) might have gone some way to balancing the overall appearance. I figured this as the area of mismatched grain is quite red itself. So, rather than trying to mute it, bring the rest of the body up to match it. Just a thought though.

Black would obviously work better but it looks a bit severe.

I'll hopefully have the guitar in the flesh next week so we'll see how I feel about it then.

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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by Westbone on Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:27 am

Sgt. Vimes wrote:Personally I would leave that as is, a good honest guitar that's been looked after.

Agreed.

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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by iep on Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:03 am

Hah! You purists. Well, I'll see how it looks and plays in the flesh next week. No decisions until then.

I blame Sgt. Vimes anyway. If it wasn't for his blue Blue Thunder thread none of this would even have occurred to me Smile

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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Wed Jan 27, 2016 4:53 am

Oh great, thanks!  Just don't blame me if you balls it up Smile 

Btw did you see my green T1 refinish?

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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by iep on Wed Jan 27, 2016 5:01 am

I did. It is also beautiful but I have to say it's the Blue one that really grabbed me. The whole blue, brass, maple look is really sweet.

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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by Westbone on Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:10 am

I'm no purist but you have to have a decent grain to start with.

Just for the record here's a factory trans black.



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Re: Thunder 1 Restauration

Post by iep on Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:17 am

Nice actually.

I've decided to stop hi-jacking this thread and start my own. More pics of my own Thunder here:

http://forum.westoneguitars.net/t5868-new-thunder-1a-new-to-me

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