Craigslist Zion Radicaster Rescue

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  1. krimson

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    I've been wanting a Zion now for nearly 20 years. So you can imagine how excited I was to see one listed locally on Craigslist, well until the seller sent me the following pictures. His asking price was $500. :eek:

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    I didn't let the condition of the guitar scare me away but there is no way that I would ever pay for $500 for a guitar in that condition. I replied to his listing, along with average ebay selling price for Zion in much better condition and he was willing to negotiate. We meet I looked at the guitar and it's condition and made an offer of $160 and he took it. At that price I figured I had that much in parts if the project didn't work out. Since the guitar didn't have any strings I couldn't play it and had no no idea how the neck would play.

    Took it home and got to work on removing the black paint from the headstock to un earth the original logo.

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    After sanding the body I also unearthed Jarrett's Signature.

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    I spent the next two weeks prepping the body for paint. Filling in nicks and Priming and sanding for the next 10 days until the body was ready for paint.

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    Finally the guitar body was ready for some paint. I chose to use Duplicolor's Paint Shop ready to paint Finish system.

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    Started with a Black Base

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    Then added a Chameleon Purple/Blue Pearl.

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    Then started laying on the clear.

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    After a week of sitting I finally started the color sanding process and brought the clear to a mirror finish. I buffed the finish by hand to ensure that I didn't burn through the finish.

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    Cleaned up the rust on all the electronics.

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    Baked then sanded the pickguard flatten it out and give it a nice matte finish.

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    Shielded the Cavity.

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    Pretty sweet rebuild. :aok
     
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    Looking good! Keep it up :)
     
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    You gotta send the seller a pic when it's done.
    He'll plotz!

    That looks so great.
    Good job.
     
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    Finally the guitar was ready to be put back together. It was a fun project and my first experience painting with a HVLP Paint Gun.

    Aside of the paint the only new parts were the pickguard and pickup screws, along with the strap buttons. My total cost for the guitar, refinishing supplies, parts, and decal was $308. After a two hour setup the guitar plays and sounds as good as it looks. I can officially mark Zion off my Guitar Bucket List.

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    Nice work! Stoked to see it resurrected.
     
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    Great job! Looks amazing!
     
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    Where did you get the logo from?
     
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    Absolutely unreal!! Fantastic work my friend!
     
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    Ditto. I was wondering the same thing. Also, nice work! The guitar looks great.
     
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    Fantastic work! Looks great.
     
  16. krimson

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    Thanks fellas.

    Took that logo from an old order sheet I found online. I then blew it up and retraced it at 300dpi. I then took a pencil and paper and shaded over the original headstock logo so I could scan it and get the actual size of the logo. I then merged the my trace and the shaded outline and resized the logo to the exact size of the original. The original decal was made of vinyl so I just took the graphic to friend that owns a sign shop and he cut the decal for me.

    I went with Silver instead of the typical white and black, so that it could be seen but not really stand out like white would. My buddy even made an extra for me in case it starts to peel by some chance. Total cost $5.

    I though about making a waterslide with my Alps decal printer but it would be more work to bury the waterslide in clear and the guitar originally had a vinyl decal so it just made more sense to stick with vinyl.
     
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    Here's the Order Sheet where I got the Logo

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    This is the outline I made from the headstock logo.

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    Here is the final result.

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    Very nice work.

    Owned 3 zions before. All great and solidly built guitars. My go to guitar was a RT Classic for a long while till i had to let it go.

    Your thread brought up many good memories of that guitar.

    Thanks for sharing
     
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    that is very cool. I love seeing old neglected instruments get brought back to life.
     
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    This thread makes me happy! Nice work!
     

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