Another Thunder 1 'project'!?!

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Post by hoax on Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:07 pm

Photo 1 shows the tremelo job as I got it. I stripped back the trowelled on varnish with thinners and a Stanley blade.

Photo 2 shows the front after stripping. Nice wiring job!

Photo 3 is the completed job. I scraped the pick up rings and rear covers with a sharp Stanley blade and polished them. The brass bridge I had was not suitable so I used a gold one instead. For quickness I made it a toploader as I wanted to get the guitar operating quickly. I sanded the body, gave it 4 thin coats of flat varnish and then applied teak oil using fine wire wool. As it is my first Westone, I do not know what the original finish is supposed to be, but I really don't care as I am more than happy with the way it looks now.

Photo 4 is my own headstock decal

Photo 5 shows the rear. As you can see the repair block runs off towards the rear. It was a tight fit and skewed over a little when pressing home. I think that when I come to do a string through job, this will not be as obvious.

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Re: Another Thunder 1 'project'!?!

Post by Barry on Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:27 pm

That's one heroic rescue Hoax! Well done!
Doesn't look too bad at all (except for the back) but hey! How's she sounding now? That's the important thing, eh?

As many here already know I have a real beef with the original brass barrel-saddle bridge on my Thunder I-A...it's a piece of sh!te! So, I'm interested in how well this bridge of yours works out. Please let us know and I'd appreciate model details, etc. if it's satisfactory!

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Post by hendrik on Fri Sep 11, 2009 5:33 pm

Brilliant work, thumbs up and deep bow.

For the headstock:

WESTONE DECALS

H.

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Post by norfolkngood on Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:10 pm

Good on yer Hoax, I'd written this off as spares.

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Re: Another Thunder 1 'project'!?!

Post by hoax on Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:45 pm

I'm glad that you guys approve and thanks for your nice comments. As I said its not anywhere near perfect, but to me that doesn't matter. I have recently retired (at a very early age - I hasten to add) and after many years shuffling papers in an office and kidding myself it was important, I have decided to do exactly as I please.

Right now that involves pissing about with guitars. I have always liked tinkering with things and have done car and house restorations. I like fixing things but I am not a slave to originality. I got over the originality phase when I restored a 1960 Mk2 Jaguar. Originality and the search for perfection become an Albatross.

As you can see, I have well and truly throttled that Albatross as I am happy to use non standard parts and put up with imperfection.

At the end of the day, I now have a perfectly useable guitar which is more than presentable and sounds fantastic.

Take Care

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Post by hoax on Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:44 pm

http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/nottinghammusicshop/

Barry - This is the bridge I used. Seems OK to me.

Regards

Graham

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Post by Westbone on Sat Sep 12, 2009 4:13 pm

Your guitar has a very nice grain. One of the better Thunder woods. Very good job, congrats.

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Re: Another Thunder 1 'project'!?!

Post by Barry on Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:48 pm

Thanks Hoax but that link gives me a feedback page...no bridge.

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Re: Another Thunder 1 'project'!?!

Post by norfolkngood on Sun Sep 13, 2009 4:15 am

Congrats on early retirement Hoax, wish I could do the same!

I had a similar "albatross." Mine was a 1963 Rover P4 which I had for many years, gradually restoring with obsessive attention to detail. Gave up the classic car shows when it became clear that the same cars were picking up the trophies and that these were (unlike mine) not daily drivers.

Saw the light when I hit 50. Sold the P4, bought a modern soft-top and picked up a guitar for the first time in 20 years. Downhill ever since....

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