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Post by gittarasaurus on Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:24 pm

clearing out the extras
i've used lots of parts off this ole dog and now you can too...


all blue Spectrum SX - good for project or for parts. $80 plus shipping

 Spectrum SX with scratched and banged up body, good neck

includes; working pickups, switch, pots, bridge, and tuners.

missing; string lock (of course), whammy bar (of course), knobs, switch tip

make an offer
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Re: Blue Spectrum SX project $80

Post by corsair on Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:05 am

Mate, this is quite interesting to the bloke that has sworn off guitars.... what is freight to Aus gonna be, neck off, of course???

Edit: Sod it! If I can get it here for about $150 all up, I'll relieve you of it! So, Mike.... I know the Electra Lady fitted into an Apple Mac box .... Laughing

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Re: Blue Spectrum SX project $80

Post by Barry on Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:32 am

Ah, Grasshopper, when the Spectrum calls you can run, but you cannot hide!
This should be fun to watch. Snackin

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Re: Blue Spectrum SX project $80

Post by gittarasaurus on Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:06 pm

just to make this more fun then...
Laughing
i've got another blue SX in similar condition to choose between
different set of bumps and bruises
a few different missing bits than the other
same deal...

i'll separate the neck from the body and get together the packaging
then i'll look into some specifics for shipping rates
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Post by DimensionIV-addict on Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:13 pm

Nice project SX..
I'm getting Specky fever (again)... must resist... can't get GAS...
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Re: Blue Spectrum SX project $80

Post by corsair on Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:41 pm

gittarasaurus wrote:just to make this more fun then...
Laughing
i've got another blue SX in similar condition to choose between
different set of bumps and bruises
a few different missing bits than the other
same deal...

i'll separate the neck from the body and get together the packaging
then i'll look into some specifics for shipping rates
Nice one, bro!! Thank you!

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Re: Blue Spectrum SX project $80

Post by corsair on Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:08 am

OK, gang - this is a happening thing. Some filthy lucre has changed hands and a Trans-blue Spectrum SX in slightly less than stellar nick should be on its way to Australia as soon as Mike's schedule permits.... happy days and fun times ahead!

Woo - hoo!!

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Re: Blue Spectrum SX project $80

Post by Westbone on Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:38 am

Long as you get rid of that 'ugly' blue fingerboard.... Evil or Very Mad
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Re: Blue Spectrum SX project $80

Post by Barry on Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:11 am

Westbone wrote:Long as you get rid of that 'ugly' blue fingerboard.... Evil or Very Mad
That's what makes it unique, but I do find that it's a bit like playing on glass. And if you sweat a lot while playing it does leave finger marks which is kind of ugly. But cleanup is easy enough.

I don't know how much is psychological though. You tend to expect open an grained wood fret board and if you let that get into your head it can be a distraction.

One other comment, if the fret board is hit it leaves a nasty "shattered" mark which is nearly impossible to repair. Mine has such a mark and even though small, it is a distraction.

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Found this old pic to illustrate. Not the best quality but I think you can see the issue:

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Re: Blue Spectrum SX project $80

Post by corsair on Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:37 pm

I like the blue neck, and I've found the red MX beautiful to play with it's red neck and all!!

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Re: Blue Spectrum SX project $80

Post by Westbone on Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:21 am

The painted fingerboards make them look like plastic toys IMHO
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Post by Barry on Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:02 am

Just as an aside, does anyone know of a factory made attempt at a coloured fretboard where the wood (maple?) is stained rather than sealed? Is it even doable? scratch

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Post by corsair on Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:20 am

Nope; I don't know; I imagine it has been tried before, though - there's nothing new under the sun!!

Just as well we're all different, eh, Damian - one man's poison and all that!! Laughing

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Post by Westbone on Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:16 am

Barry wrote:Just as an aside, does anyone know of a factory made attempt at a coloured fretboard where the wood (maple?) is stained rather than sealed? Is it even doable? scratch
Here's a new process being used on guitar maple fingerboards.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermally_modified_wood

https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_cst_24hb_charcoal_flame.htm?ref=search_rslt_harley+benton+guitar_358493_14

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Post by Westbone on Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:22 am

corsair wrote:
Just as well we're all different, eh, Damian 
Dam right! it would be boring all the same(colour) wouldn't it!.... Wink
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Post by punkyjam67 on Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:52 am

Westbone wrote:
Barry wrote:Just as an aside, does anyone know of a factory made attempt at a coloured fretboard where the wood (maple?) is stained rather than sealed? Is it even doable? scratch
Here's a new process being used on guitar maple fingerboards.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermally_modified_wood

https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_cst_24hb_charcoal_flame.htm?ref=search_rslt_harley+benton+guitar_358493_14

Interesting - does a 'rosewood' or 'ebony' looking maple board still sound like a maple, though, or does the thermal treatment have an effect on that as well?

It might just be me, but I've never got on with maple fingerboards...
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Post by Westbone on Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:29 pm

Didn't even realise it was maple until I heard about it.

The guitar is all mahogany, body, neck, with a maple cap so sounded 'normal' rosewood to me. Not a fan of maple boards neither even though I've a few.

Here's a few shots without ever having any oil on it.




And the guitar itself, class for £150, Wilkinson p'ups+hardwear, sounds fine.
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Post by Barry on Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:40 pm

When I was a the shop I remember Gibson had introduced this process on several models as an alternative to rosewood which was becoming harder to source. I don't know if they're still doing it.

If I hadn't been told I wouldn't have known. Looked and played like a rosewood fret board to moi.

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Post by Barry on Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:44 pm

punkyjam67 wrote:...It might just be me, but I've never got on with maple fingerboards...
I had that opinion too.
For years I never cared much for Maple either but I think that was more a preference than anything else. From working at the shop and having collected a few of my own I now have come to appreciate them better.

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Post by corsair on Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:59 pm

Does the fingerboard wood really make a quantifiable difference to a player? I have no opinion on the whole maple/rosewood argument as I just play 'em and don't get hung up on what woods are used in construction, eh!

Neck radius and scale length make all the difference in the world, but board timber??

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Post by Westbone on Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:13 pm

All a matter of preference.
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Post by punkyjam67 on Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:15 pm

When I bought & sold a few guitars a bit back, I was lucky enough to have four Musicman Silhouette guitars in at once - three had rosewood boards & one maple; all stock pickups. One rosewood & the maple had identical humbucker layouts, but the maple always sounded more 'brittle' & sharp compared to the other. It might well have just been my ears, but I REALLY wanted to keep the maple & was so disappointed when it sounded crap (to me). Even the other two with single coils sounded 'warmer' to me than the maple one. Probably just my subconscious or something, but I've not played a maple board since Smile
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Post by Barry on Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:22 pm

I don't think you can go wrong with any Music Man! Beautifully built guitars.

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Post by corsair on Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:33 pm

Oooh, exciting... it's on its way!!

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Post by Barry on Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:23 pm

All a-tingle then are we? Yay!

Fair warning: Mike wraps a mean package. Keep your box cutters and scissors handy! Coffee Drinker

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Post by corsair on Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:36 am

Barry wrote:All a-tingle then are we? Yay!

Fair warning: Mike wraps a mean package. Keep your box cutters and scissors handy! Coffee Drinker

Yes. Yes, we are.

Noted.

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