Meet & Greet

Clipper Project unfolds…finally scroll to catch up on this post

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Welcome, Rick!

A veneer on the top, huh? I'm impressed!

Paul/FF909

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Welcome. Nice work 8-)

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yeah the old veneer was such a trashed mess after the person before me sanded through the veneer and used a PAINTBRUSH on her.... so It was either she was scrap wood...for the fireplace...or a project...I am soo glad she is looking good.

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For "not a woodworker" your work looks pretty impressive to me. Great project and I look forward to seeing the finished result.

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Rick, you like gretsches, fiddling with guitars & cats, your my kinda guy, welcome aboard.

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Rick, what paint did you use ?, it has a 50s les paul junior vibe to it.

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Welcome, and that's a very nice job, can't wait to see the finished product!

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Tonyb...

I used the color aresol Lacquer from stew mac...it was fun..and not too hard to do...I just followed the instructions...lol here is the product: Link...

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The Clipper has been sitting for a couple of weeks...the lacquer has to "cure" before I can buff it out... Paul Setzer is shipping me a new headstock decal..and a replacement pickgaurd.... Once I have the parts...she will get assembled.. I can't wait to string her up and plug her in! so...stay tuned for more pics of final assembly...

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Awesome! Can't wait to hear her!

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TomPetty would tell you, "The waiting is the hardest part......"

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ok...get the hardware back on her...strung her up...the neck looks straight..and as I remembered from playing her a long time back...the neck was ok...but...she needs a new nut...and the neck truss rod adjusted...so she goes in Sunday for some work...

I got a new pick guard bracket from Len...thank you brother...and Paul is making me the pick guard...

So soon...I will be able to play her..

yes...the waiting is the hardest part...but I get to sit and look at her....

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I'm extremely impressed! I thought for sure you had experience with this before until I read that this is your first attempt. The Clipper looks great.

How are you liking your 5120?

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BuddyHollyWood>> I am lovin my 5120...now that I did a little work to the nut to open the slots a Little so they don't bind...now she stays in tune... chnging the PUPS helped for my ears... I still have the TV Jones Classics in the drawer...but I am loving the Surf 90's

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Don't know how I missed this thread, but let me offer you a belated welcome to the GDP family Rick, and let you know that your guitar looks very good. I wouldn't know you were a first timer by looking at it.

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All right..a set back...she has a broken truss rod.... and the action is off the charts...so she is going to a repair guy I know.....but I am determined thqat she will play once again!

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Bear,

Hey..nice to meet you. I have read many of your posts... and have enjoyed your feedback... input...

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Don't know how I missed this thread, but let me offer you a belated welcome to the GDP family Rick, and let you know that your guitar looks very good. I wouldn't know you were a first timer by looking at it.

– Bear

Don't know how I missed this thread, but let me offer you a belated welcome to the GDP family Rick, and let you know that your guitar looks very good. I wouldn't know you were a first timer by looking at it.

– Bear

do you use POST to reply to someone spacifc? I am learning here...lol

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I'm extremely impressed! I thought for sure you had experience with this before until I read that this is your first attempt. The Clipper looks great.

How are you liking your 5120?

– BuddyHollywood

I'm extremely impressed! I thought for sure you had experience with this before until I read that this is your first attempt. The Clipper looks great.

How are you liking your 5120?

– BuddyHollywood

Lovin the 5120....I put TV Jones Classics in her...but that was not enough twang...so I put Surf 90's in her...lovin it... I got the guitar (A 2008 125 anni) for $530.00 and am havin so much fun with her...I have always wanted a Gretsch....since I was a kid....the 5120 is price accessible...

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OK...this post started when I joined the GDP...over a year and a half ago... She is a 1960 Clipper that my Dad (now in care) found about 30 years ago and bought for $10.00.

She was hand painted battleship grey and orange over the grey...with a damn paintbrush... I sanded her down years ago...since then the back separated from the sides...the nut was broken... she was woodpile material. I looked at her and said...well? Scrap her for parts? Then the restoration began...

I had her looking pretty good then she had to go to Blue Guitar in San Diego for a neck planing...new nut, new truss rod...new Dunlop Jumbo frets, bridge cut correctly, neck reset... and this shop is sooo good the turn around time was over a year...patience....

I got her home... now to finish her. I ran out of Stew Mac Nito Laquer so I went to DEFT Nito clear...and am glad I did...that stuff sprays soo smooth and clear... after curing...wet sanding...swirl remover...she is looking pretty good...especially since I am not a woodworker...I did nail a 2X4 once tho...

This had been a labor of love for my Dad... to have and play that guitar. all the parts are not correct... tuners are Grovers I bought for $10.00 in around 1980...the bridge is off a 5120!

and THANK YOU PAUL SETZER for the Pickgaurd...(Mine was badly cracked) and the Stencils for the Gold G Brand Arrow for my HILOTRON...also someone her sold me a pickgaurd bracket...mine was badly bent...you guys are awesome and most helpful.

So now I ask this: Bax may chime in..? I love the guitar...she plays probably better than when she was new...but....

I want more diversity int he sound... so I am thinking of installing another HILOTRON and controls and switches to make her a two pickup guitar... so I tell myself... she is not dead Stock... she was brought back to life to PLAY...

So is this a CRIME to install a second PUP Etc?

some pics...

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another... Thank You Paul Setzer for the GreTsch waterslide...

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another... the back...I just thought the wood was so pretty...I couldn't go with a Black back...soooo

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here is my clipper project that ive been working on for a long time now. as you can see i had to replace the fretboard. but to answer your quiestion, no its not a crime. it just makes them more practical and beautiful.

nice work


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