80's Kramer Spector Transformation - got my guitar back after 20 years

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  1. geekocaster

    geekocaster Supporting Member

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    here's the TLDR edit:
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    Please forgive the super long post and photo heavy, but I wanted to share.

    So, I used to play in a regional band 22 years ago. I played a Kramer Spector NS6-a neck-thru (was an AWESOME guitar when I was 20!) . Back then I was very hard on my gear and there was no internet so when stuff broke I 'fixed' it as i could. I had a problem with my floyd rose breaking strings and crumbling blocks so I had a stupid Kahler installed at some point. I also had EMG's installed and the stereo flush jack broke while I was on the road and I put in a regular switch craft stereo jack on the top SG style by drilling a hole. Well the control cavity was too weak to hold the jack and eventually it broke thru. Again on the road at 21 years old, I just smashed a Strat jack cup in there. I traded the guitar with a buddy from a different band it was already in this poor shape, but he stripped 90% all the paint and stuck it in storage in the mid-90's. We connected on face book and he decided to surprise me by giving it back to me after 20 years. Here's how I got it.

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    I tried to figure out what to do, it's wouldn't be worth it to send it off to a luthier and it's more sentimental at this point.

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    here's where I am now...

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    Still need to re rout the switch and I'm going to buy a new stereo flush side mount jack. Will probably restore it with EMG's just for the heck of it.

    eventually I will have it fully stripped and paint this sucker. Hopefully it will look as good as it did back in my club circuit days!
     
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  2. HoboMan

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    I really enjoy these threads :)
     
  4. yacht_rocker

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    Great story. Can't wait to see the finished product.
     
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    Seems like you want it back like it was, but it has some nice grain in the wood.
    Anyway, good story, gonna be fun, well done.
     
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    Very cool, can't wait to see how it turns out!
     
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    Love it, great story.
     
  8. geekocaster

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    it was a beautiful trans red with the grain showing thru. I just bought a bunch of parts for it to restore the floyd (floyd has a bunch of mis-match parts) since it's an original Schaller floyd from germany, got the correct saddles from guitar parts resource. once i finish all the filling in and sanding, I'll start shopping around for someone to re-paint it.

    with that control cavity destroyed (I did manage to glue in those wood blocks and re-rout it from behind, then sanded the top flush) I don't think the translucent finish will work so it'll probably have to be an opaque gloss.
     
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    Yeah, these threads are awesome.

    Great guitar man. Always good to get "that" one back!

    Looking forward to the pics and progress!
     
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    Steve Hotra Silver Supporting Member

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    I like these threads, too.
    Very cool that you found your guitar again!
    Enjoy the pics, too!
     
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    Congrats! Looking forward to seeing it restored to it's former glory!
     
  12. geekocaster

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    Continued with sanding, leveled/smoothed out the recessed floyd area & got almost all of the paint removed save for the really hard to reach areas in the horns and on the headstock. Will have to break out the fine sanding tools to do that, and take my time. Once I have it completely prepped I'll have to decide if I'm going to tackle (painting) it myself or give it to a pro

    did neck pickup delete (the early USA Models had no neck pickup, so that's the look i'm going for...) and a bit more of the sanding the top. Here's after hitting it with a little citrus oil

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    Very cool indeed!
     
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    nice!!!!!! glad you're giving your old guitar new life!!!!
     
  15. kenneth

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    Great to see it. I recently had a guitar of my youth brought back to playing order...i didn't do it myself, but it is great to see a guitar have a new life. Especially when there is a sentimental attachment.
     
  16. Shmoo

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    Cool stuff, I forgot about those Spector guitars
     
  17. geekocaster

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    Its getting shipped out to Pat Wilkins and most likely going to be candy apple red!


    Almost ready for Paint!
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    It's FedEx'd off to the painters ( Pat Wilkins http://www.wilkinsguitars.com/finishing.htm ) I'll update the thread in about 6 weeks with the complete transformation! I'm getting a solid Ferrari red re-paint. I'm also going with the EMG HZ4 bridge and S4 middle pickups (passive with covered blade magents) to keep with the 80's theme but not doing the full on 9v active system. I got all the little replacement parts for the Floyd Rose (new saddles and blocks where necessary) and going to do new wiring with CTS pots. Keeping the Sperzel tuners that I put on there in 1993 and the original floyd nut.
     
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  18. bigtone23

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    Cool! I love restoration threads!
     
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    Cool job! I'm wondering who totally ruined that guitar with the strange jack placement, etc?? Damn!
     
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    What was the name of your band? Just curious, I used to go see a lot of regional bands back in the day.
     

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