Baja Tele refinish - Finished - Pic heavy!...

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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    edited June 9
    lonestar said:
    Coating blonde in an aged tint can yield some very satisfying results 

    https://i.imgur.com/ohoDsT5.jpg
    I have a tinted clear winging its way to me... my worry is that I get a patchy or uneven finish... I have been assured tho’ that even a ham fisted gimp like me will be ok!.

    any advice on stripping a poly neck? Don’t really need to refinish it but I think once the body has had some aging the poly neck going to look a little out of place!...

    edit- ps, got a full refund on the boat anchor in the end :) and just repaired the body existing body!...
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1815
    edited June 9
    poopot said:
    lonestar said:
    Coating blonde in an aged tint can yield some very satisfying results 

    https://i.imgur.com/ohoDsT5.jpg
    I have a tinted clear winging its way to me... my worry is that I get a patchy or uneven finish... I have been assured tho’ that even a ham fisted gimp like me will be ok!.

    any advice on stripping a poly neck? Don’t really need to refinish it but I think once the body has had some aging the poly neck going to look a little out of place!...

    edit- ps, got a full refund on the boat anchor in the end and just repaired the body existing body!...
    The idea is not to get a uniformed look. It keeps it looking natural. The only thing I will say is I never do equal or even coats with my tinting.

    Yip...

    1. Buy a pack of Stanley blades
    2. Put some good tunes on 
    3. Pour yourself a beer

    Your best bet is to scrape that poly off. It’ll take a while but it’ll be worth it

    Good call on the body, I’m glad you got it sorted.

     


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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    lonestar said:

    Youre best bet is to scrape that poly off. It’ll take a while but it’ll be worth it :)

    Was afraid you were going to say that :/
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 8606
    Point 1 is the most important bit.  You can do it with 1 blade but it will get hard going and you are more likely to cause damage. 

    Change for a fresh blade regularly.  
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1815
    WezV said:
    Point 1 is the most important bit.  You can do it with 1 blade but it will get hard going and you are more likely to cause damage. 

    Change for a fresh blade regularly.  
    Definitely. And if you don’t go through 5 blades in the process you’ll end up sanding out scratches for a year.

    This is the one I’m overhauling just now...

    https://i.imgur.com/6gy0kZW.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/uvYKwvf.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/73mwKzE.jpg

    https://i.imgur.com/kP1Rf9w.jpg

    And yes, it was given a full fret dress!

    https://i.imgur.com/TRpQVi4.jpg

    Currently drying out before wet sanding, buffing and ageing.

    The took a lot of time to strip but it’s looking good with a little reshaping too.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    First coat of “butternut squash” done....



    Better?
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 308
    On the neck front mine went from this:



    To this via a lot of blades.. (you can see the diff as in this pic the headstock was yet to be done)



    Feel the pain, this was/is not a fun job...
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    On the neck front mine went from this:



    To this via a lot of blades.. (you can see the diff as in this pic the headstock was yet to be done)



    Feel the pain, this was/is not a fun job...
    Yeah, thinking I may give that a miss!... :)
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    Ok... think we are getting somewhere now...

    body painted, doesn’t look quite right with the Bakelite guard tho’



    Body is a bit too too pale to pull it off.. so a callaham parchment guard was blagged from the bay... looks better with white methinks...



    In the meantime @TheGuitarWeasel wound me a rather lovely looking pickup for the bridge and I managed to find something I remember being a bit special in the shed...



    Just got to bolt it all back back together now!!!
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 1267
    Looking really good.  I miss the slutty ginger though! : )
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    munckee said:
    Looking really good.  I miss the slutty ginger though! : )
    Don’t we all!!!! ;)
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    Done!...

    just about to fire it it up and see what it sounds like ;)


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  • rsvmarkrsvmark Frets: 554
    Nice job mate
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    rsvmark said:
    Nice job mate
    Thanks!... the pickup from @TheGuitarWeasel is fantastic... Best bit of the guitar!.
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  • I think the black guard looked just fine but have to agree the parchment looks better. Very nice job.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    I think the black guard looked just fine but have to agree the parchment looks better. Very nice job.
    Part of me is gutted!... everyone wants a blonde with a black guard...

    happy with it now tho!...

    dirty iphone recording of the oil city pickup... straight into 5e3, starts with volume rolled of to about 7(ish) then volume up full, sends the 5e3 into nice break up!...

    https://soundcloud.com/user-296617142/liquidator


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  • djspecialistdjspecialist Frets: 368
    Very nice job - looks and sounds great.

    Spookily, I play a modded Baja Tele ... with an Oil City pickup ... in a band called The Electron Thieves :)
    Trading feedback
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    Very nice job - looks and sounds great.

    Spookily, I play a modded Baja Tele ... with an Oil City pickup ... in a band called The Electron Thieves :)
    All the best thieves play a tele!!!! :)
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  • springheadspringhead Frets: 93
    Looking and sounding good, well done!  Which Oil City pickup is it?
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    Looking and sounding good, well done!  Which Oil City pickup is it?
    Liqudator... Pokey as f*&k :)
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  • rsvmarkrsvmark Frets: 554
    poopot said:
    Part of me is gutted!... everyone wants a blonde with a black guard

    Collars and cuffs don't match! Sounds ace
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  • robgilmorobgilmo Frets: 1098
    Ooooh, nice job, got a linky for the white guard? After one for my Baja.
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    robgilmo said:
    Ooooh, nice job, got a linky for the white guard? After one for my Baja.
    It was a callaham one I managed to blag off of eBay... Charlie chandler has the same in stock, about £30ish iirc.
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  • hootsmonhootsmon Frets: 8398
    What's that top right circle hole all about?
    tae be or not tae be
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    hootsmon said:
    What's that top right circle hole all about?
    The hole that's under where the pick guard goes?.... Dunno to be honest, it was like that from fender... theres a similar one in the neck pocket... Router guide maybe?...
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1815
    I believe they are CNC guides. Most bodies that have holes have 1... I’ve seen a few with 3 but not many 
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    Going with the old saying “if it ain’t broke... fix it anyway”...

    I stripped the poly off the neck today and gave it a nice coat of tint...

    if you are considering stripping poly off of a neck... don’t!... just go and buy an unfinished neck!... it’s a bitch of a job!...

    neck is not as orange in the flesh.


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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 1267
    poopot said:
    Going with the old saying “if it ain’t broke... fix it anyway”...

    I stripped the poly off the neck today and gave it a nice coat of tint...

    if you are considering stripping poly off of a neck... don’t!... just go and buy an unfinished neck!... it’s a bitch of a job!...

    neck is not as orange in the flesh.


    Is it the same process as bodies, whats the likelihood of a ham fisted baboon irreparably changing the neck shape by mistake?  Just out of interest of course as I will be taking your advice! : )
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    munckee said:

    Is it the same process as bodies, whats the likelihood of a ham fisted baboon irreparably changing the neck shape by mistake?  Just out of interest of course as I will be taking your advice! : )
    Not the same no... @lovestrat74 has posted a few comment above how he did his and I went the same route... Stanley blades (got through 10) and scrape scrape scrape... took a good few hours to do the fretboard... the back of the neck and head stock, I started to sand, soon realised it’s easier to go back to the Stanley blades and scrape it off...

    unless you ate hacking at it i cant see you altering the profile tbh... other more knowledgeable folk may want to chop in at this point!...
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1118
    Finished... Done... Never doing a maple neck again... 

    Quite pleased with it...






















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