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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 775
    I think I've sorted it now. It makes me feel car-sick trying to do all this on my phone!
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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 775
    No progress this weekend. I have tonsillitis :(
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  • Ouch!
    Get better soon :(
    Professional pickup winder, horse-testpilot and recovering Chocolate Hobnob addict.
    Oil City Pickups  ... Oil City Blog

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  • usedtobeusedtobe Frets: 2605
    That sucks! GWS, dude!
     so if you fancy a reissue of a guitar they never made in a colour they never used then it probably isn't too overpriced.

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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 775
    Cheers guys. It's day 4 of not being able to swallow and I'm losing a lot of weight - which would be fine but I was only 9.5st to begin with! Who knew tonsillitis was this nasty?!
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  • I had it a couple of years ago ... and felt absolutely dire!
    Professional pickup winder, horse-testpilot and recovering Chocolate Hobnob addict.
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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 775
    I've sprayed the front of the headstock black now.

    Just done some wiring while it dries. I had a couple of caps and one full size audio pot hanging around so I bought 3 more pots.

    http://i611.photobucket.com/albums/tt192/p1eces/Mobile Uploads/20140320_141140.jpg
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  • DannyP said:
    Cheers guys. It's day 4 of not being able to swallow and I'm losing a lot of weight - which would be fine but I was only 9.5st to begin with! Who knew tonsillitis was this nasty?!
    Had it myself about 3 years ago...was also shocked by how vicious it is.

    The doctor prescribed me some antibiotics that were the same shape and near enough the same size as rugby balls. I CAN'T SWALLOW A TEASPOON OF WATER, HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SWALLOW THAT?!

    They also prescribed the strongest painkillers i have ever taken...which made my eyes roll to the back of my head within minutes. I pretty much slept the week away.

    Great progress with the guitar - enjoying the thread muchly.

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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 775
    Cheers Dave, I'm pretty much recovered now.

    After 4 days of very little nutrition I got a bunch of mouth ulcers which just made it all worse!

    And then when I did start eating again - oh the constipation!

    Anyway, back tinkering with guitars again now...
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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 775
    Nearly there now...
    http://i611.photobucket.com/albums/tt192/p1eces/Mobile Uploads/20140328_134954.jpg

    I had a nightmare trying to get the black paint smooth on the headstock, but in the end I've embraced the 'relic' aspect of the enterprise as it's a bit rough!
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  • Looking pretty great to me!

    I have enjoyed this thread a lot.
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  • Adam_MDAdam_MD Frets: 2972
    Looking great I've really enjoyed this thread and am very impressed with the transformation. Did you change the pickups or are they stock?
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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 775
    Ah pickups. That's had me scratching my head a bit. The existing Wilkinson ones have that really naff 80s looking Wilkinson logo on them.
    As the guitar has been out of action so long, I kind of forgot how good sounding they are and I started daydreaming about buying replacements.
    BUT I've strung it up and plugged it in today and they really do sound fine.
    So I might just get some replacement axesrus nickel PAF covers so that I can get rid of the horrid logo.
    I want to gig it for the first time on Sunday so it will stay as it is for a short while at least.
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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 775
    And all the electrics worked first time too.
    I went for 50s wiring which I'd never tried before and I think I'm a convert.
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  • Adam_MDAdam_MD Frets: 2972
    I like 50's wiring with humbuckers a lot.
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  • LixartoLixarto Frets: 1613
    Excellent work - lovely guitars and an enviable job.

    You get to play one of the greatest guitar solos of all time every night ("Can't Buy Me Love").

    :)
    "I can see you for what you are; an idiot barely in control of your own life. And smoking weed doesn't make you cool; it just makes you more of an idiot."
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  • Adam_MDAdam_MD Frets: 2972
    Looks excellent have a good gig.
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 9120
    edited March 2014
    looks really good, but you need a Before/After/Inspiration pic 

    here you go :)

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  • That looks ridiculously good!
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  • imaloneimalone Frets: 736
    Looks great. And this is one of my favourite posts now:
    DannyP said:

    I know! I'll attack it with a jigsaw!

    http://i611.photobucket.com/albums/tt192/p1eces/Mobile%20Uploads/20140227_134942.jpg

     

    Ooh, no. That doesn't look right.


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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 775
    edited March 2014
    @lixarto - they are lovely guitars and I'm very fond of them, but truth be told none were crafted West of Jakarta

    @adam_md - it was a good gig. Don't Let Me Down was back in the set for the first time in ages which made me happy

    @WezV - thanks so much for that pic! My Lucy (which I may christen 'Loosely') is a brighter red in daylight but I can't seem to capture it on the camera phone. It was the installation of the rotomatics that really made it start to look 'right'.

    @theprettydamned - it's OK. I could have been a bit more careful and patient with the black paint on the headstock which is a bit uneven and has bled around the edges. I guess I could see the finish line and got a bit impatient, but it's been a learning experience. The 3 piece neck and spiky lower horn mean that it won't fool any Gibson experts!

    @imalone - that bit was a lot more nerve wracking than my blasé post suggests. Doing actual bodily harm to the guitar was a real point of no return!
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  • breakstuffbreakstuff Frets: 5690
    Nice job Danny.I've been following this thread as I've got a Vintage Lemon Drop that I'm stripping back to bare wood.Not an easy job.How difficult was it to remove the top vaneer to reveal the wood below?
    In my life,why do I give valuable time to people who I'd much rather kick in the eye.
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  • WezVWezV Frets: 9120
    DannyP said:


    @WezV - thanks so much for that pic! My Lucy (which I may christen 'Loosely') is a brighter red in daylight but I can't seem to capture it on the camera phone. It was the installation of the rotomatics that really made it start to look 'right'.


    the colour could match perfectly, and i suspect it will be a closer match than those two pics show... completely different lighting!! 
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  • DannyPDannyP Frets: 775
    breakstuff;199719" said:
    Nice job Danny.I've been following this thread as I've got a Vintage Lemon Drop that I'm stripping back to bare wood.Not an easy job.How difficult was it to remove the top vaneer to reveal the wood below?
    Well getting the finish off was no problem. I tried to remove a poly finish once before and it was a nightmare involving heat gun, nitromors, sander etc. but the finish on both lemondrops mentioned on this thread came off easily with manual sanding.

    The veneer is obvs more tricky but it wasn't THAT bad.

    I used an orbital sander and it took an afternoon.

    If you using an orbital sander like me, be careful of using really rough grit paper once you are nearly down to the wood. If you get the little circular sander scratch marks in the top itself its a pain to get rid of them.

    Another mistake i made was to linger too long with the sander either side of the body end of the fretboard. I ended up wearing little valleys in the top, and still ended up having to do the bits right next to the neck binding by hand using @Wezv 's method of gluing sand paper onto a block with the edge of the paper flush with the edge of the block. If i did it again, i'd invest the time and elbow grease in doing that whole area by hand from the outset.
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  • MegiiMegii Frets: 880
    Cheers for the thread! it has been entertaining, and a really excellent-looking result. Impressed by just how close you've got to the appearance of George's guitar, brilliant work. :)
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  • breakstuffbreakstuff Frets: 5690
    Thanks Danny,I'll bare all that in mind when I do the top.
    In my life,why do I give valuable time to people who I'd much rather kick in the eye.
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  • usedtobeusedtobe Frets: 2605
    Great job!
     so if you fancy a reissue of a guitar they never made in a colour they never used then it probably isn't too overpriced.

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  • NiallmoNiallmo Frets: 465
    Great thread. Love the way it's turned, really good job. I am eyeing my Tokai/Gibbo for a re-finish now!
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  • oldfoxyoldfoxy Frets: 11
    DannyP said:
    Ah pickups. That's had me scratching my head a bit. The existing Wilkinson ones have that really naff 80s looking Wilkinson logo on them.
    As the guitar has been out of action so long, I kind of forgot how good sounding they are and I started daydreaming about buying replacements.
    BUT I've strung it up and plugged it in today and they really do sound fine.
    So I might just get some replacement axesrus nickel PAF covers so that I can get rid of the horrid logo.
    I want to gig it for the first time on Sunday so it will stay as it is for a short while at least.
    The printing on the pup covers is easy to get off as it doesn't adhere well to the chrome plate. I bought a cheap vintage SG off the bay and got rid of the logo with a cotton bud and some acetone free nail polish remover. It took only a couple of minutes per pup to get rid of it. Watch your nice new paintwork though. It looks great by the way, nice job
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