It had original smuggler routes hiding under the guard, but oddly someone had filled them in with 4 blocks and refinished it in red. This was actually done pretty well a long time ago... we think the finish is 80's
Theory 1 - they didn't know about smuggler routes and tried to put it back to "original" spec by filling them. Theory 2 - It was the 80's. Heavier was better
Then further down the line it got hacked for a humbucker leaving this below the guard
I have re-routed the smuggler cavities and added a new middle section which gets us to where we are now. Still needs a bit of tidying up, and final shaping, but most of the way there
I was really happy as I was able to route just inside the lines and peel back the last 0.5mm to reveal the original walls of the smuggler cavities. Although I still have a layer of resin on the bottom to work my way through
This leaves us with a dilemma. The original finish will have been white/blonde. you can see traces of it on the original cavity walls. We are considering refinishing it in its original colour.
But the red re-fin is quite old in itself, and nicely aged... but not right for the year