Other Guitars

Ever do a ReFin?

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Sacrilege or not?

This Mustang was about as sorry looking as it could get. Beat up, chipped Olympic White with other colors underneath, trem system non-functional, neck loose.

It was my bandmate's, where it came from or its story I dunno. I believe it was a '65.

I moved to Cleveland, he moved to Cincinnati. That was 1984. I've lost track of him lately, but he did move back to Milwaukee.

This was my parting gift to him, it came out really nice. He had given it to me, I gave it back very playable and stage worthy. He was doing Christian Soft Rock. Sweater and Turtleneck. Had he been playing Punk, it would have been fine as is with a little work.

But, I then saw the guitar again on the NYC Lower East Side in 2005. Almost bought it for the memory but the price was nuts!

These old photos my wife keeps finding are fun.

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I have, but not on a vintage guitar.

Rescue missions always get a "yes" vote from me, and in general, what you do to a guitar when you own it is your business.

That must be weird to see such a specific guitar in the wild and have the story behind it.

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Before Curt was in the business, I refined my own '56 Jet Firebird that I bought from Ernest right here in '05. It had been stripped to natural and clear coated.

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I don't feel bad about that one...it needed TLC.

I had a '64 Ampeg B15N in the early 70's turn up at Gruhn's late 2000's. It was as road worn as it could be when I owned it! A survivor. I had changed the grille cloth to silk Tie-Dye. The original cloth was in tatters...

It is weird to see old gear show up unannounced while on Guitar Safaris.

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Not a Gretsch, but here's a clue

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Done several. A couple I did myself, the rest outsourced. If I could rustle up the bux to bring them back to the factory finishes, I would. Here's the saga of my '84 pre- AVRI Strat.....As Original:

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Second Refin:

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Third Refin:

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Must’ve got rid of the couch, huh?

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Sleeper Sofa and Love Seat Combo were my first "nice" purchase once I was out on my own. They made it about 18 years. BauHaus design.

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Yes, and I don't want to talk about it. Okay, I will: when I was 25 and far stupider than currently, I took a drill with a sanding wheel to my 1988 black American Stratocaster. When the poly (or whatever it was) started gumming up the sanding wheel, I bought some Zip Strip and used a blade to remove the finish. I remember going through some really tough poly, black paint, and something pinkish before getting to the wood - which I gouged and pitted by mistake with the sanding wheel. I rubbed wood stain on it with paper towels and sprayed some kind of clear coat on it. Installed a tortoise pickguard - it looked hideous. I wanted to get rid of it so I traded it at a music store. They gave me $200 for it, telling me that I ruined it.

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But if it was a good guitar, it could easily have been un-ruined.

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never done a refin my self. certainly had some redone especially bad earlier refins. Also I have never liked natural finished on solidbodies -- always gotta be a color, mostly red - of course

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When I was 19 I stripped the milky sunburst off of my ‘62 Guild T-100 and shot it with white nitro. Never crossed my mind that it might be valuable someday.

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Not a Gretsch, but here's a clue

– Otter

Looks nice!!

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I wanted to try a refin and de-fretting a bass, so I picked up a cheapie at a pawn shop. It was probably a Lotus brand; it was covered in black runny spray paint and had three strings remaining. But it had a nice neck and was a P/J clone.

Dan Erlewine's books were my bibles for info on doing the defret and the paint. After a grain sealer, a primer coat, a silver undercoat, then 6 coats of tinted acrylic lacquer and using an airbrush to create a black 'burst, here's the result. I'd guess I had 30+ hours into this.

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Here's an overall view....

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And a closer view (sorry, can't figure out any way to put multiple images in one post...)

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(sorry, can't figure out any way to put multiple images in one post...)

Yep, you can't. (Unless you host images elsewhere and link with html. Then you also get more control over the size of your pics.)

Good-looking job on the project.

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(sorry, can't figure out any way to put multiple images in one post...)

Yep, you can't. (Unless you host images elsewhere and link with html. Then you also get more control over the size of your pics.)

Good-looking job on the project.

– Proteus

Thanks for that info.

...and for the good words. It turned out that the body was a laminate, so it took extra and careful sanding to get it smooth enough to conceal the laminations on the body edges.

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Looks nice!!

– kc_eddie_b

Going for Pelham Blue on the old Casino. Today is binding scraping day.


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