I stole a guitar! NGD!

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Jonny Hotnuts, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. Jonny Hotnuts

    Jonny Hotnuts Member

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    I am sure the guy that sold me this is laughing all the way to the bank! I dont want to tell what I paid but lets just say it was INSANE how little it was (I basically paid for a used Fender case). The guitar was SO radically off that it was 100% unplayable, and it required a lot of work to get it playable and had to get some parts coming.

    There is a laundry list of issues with this poor thing that I am having to fix. The previous owner did some of the stupidest S- I have ever seen.


    Check this out:


    -Truss 100% slacked (finger tight) with a forward bow under tension. Had to crank a few rounds of wedge in the truss but the neck straightened perfectly.
    -The guy pulled out the middle screws of the trem, in what I suspect was an attempt to have a 2 pin bridge because he thought it was be better to do EVH stuff.
    -Vaseline applied under the bridge and on 2 remaining screws to stop the squeaks
    -Neck needed a shim
    -Intonation on EVERY saddle was cranked 100% to coil bind on the springs!
    -Saddles were lowered 100% to the trem base plate (in the pic I had already raised the 3 trebles before taking a pic)
    -trem claw set as far forward as possible without the screws pulling out of the holes. (Had 8s on it!)
    -Has a POS Seymour D. 'Hot rails' in the bridge. Truth is....it didnt sound too bad but its going far, far way.
    -Tone pot left dangling; Pot nut double stacked on output jack (I cant make this UP!!!!)

    and on....and on.


    The guy thought the frets were bad and the neck was shot as it buzzed at the 21st but was a mile high in the middle.

    This being said....

    It is an AVRI 62! Made somewhere between '88-91 (cant read the neck stamp).
    After cleaning off the years of spilled drinks, seamen, blood, and a thick layer of what I assume is caked on sweat/dirt the guitar came back to life and its 25+ year old nitro is really pretty. It is now a perfectly playing guitar and sounds great!

    I still have a ways to go before she is 100% but at least I know the guitar IS ok with no neck/fret issues.


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    Guitar as received, less I pulled the neck to see if the truss was OK. This is not the correct case but it is a Fender USA case.


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    John Cruz inspected body.....


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    Blurry date stamp! BOOOOO


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    Jimi goes bye-bye before and after....


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    REAL wear!


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    Masking tape switch tip!

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    Undercarriage. New pup soon to replace the SD. Also....the guy 'clearanced' the guitar/ shield to get more throw on his homemade 2 pin bridge!


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    A little rash!


    I will post this guitar again after she is done. I just want to also let you all know that if you keep your eyes peeled, are in the right place at the right time and are a little lucky you to could snag a guitar like this for the cost of a couple movie tickets!


    ~JH
     
  2. Jonny Hotnuts

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    The bass strings before....


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    Genuine Vaseline!

    BTW:

    I knew what it was after I touched it....but I told my wife "OMG, touch this stuff" just to see if I could get her to do it. SHE DID with a "GROSS" lol
     
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    ;)Feel like doubling your money?;)

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    In Philidelphia, it's worth $50.
     
  5. wilblee

    wilblee Hack sans shame Gold Supporting Member

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    Nothing quite so heartwarming as a rescue Strat.
     
  6. Steve Dallas

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    Very nice! I could do with a project like that right about now.

    My last stolen guitar was a PRS McCarty I found at a pawn shop for $200. It was stripped of all electronics and hardware, but did still have a case. The pawn shop guy thought it was something else, but the thickness of the body gave it away immediately. I color sanded it and polished it, then started sourcing original hardware. A few months later, I had a killer guitar for a total investment of $500.
     
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    Ahh the rewards of unfunking a solid instrument.
     
  8. Bossanova

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    i hate it when years of seamen get on my stuff...

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  9. fretless

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    Awesome rescue story. The guitar seriously had tha funk but now has a cool mojo to it. Great score and good job!
     
  10. Jonny Hotnuts

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    THanks guys,

    Here is an update from tonight progress. (Picked up the guitar yesterday around 3)


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    Installing a CS bridge PU. I dont know what PU this is other than it is a CS bridge. If anyone knows what this is I would like to know.


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    All soldered up! With work this clean you would think I worked in a guitar factory!!!! (I did, dumb joke).

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    I discovered the tone pot that was removed was because it was seized. With a dab of WD-40 on the shaft and a little side to side action and it freed up perfectly. It was scratchy for a few but even that went away. My suspicions that someone spilled a drink on this guitar are confirmed.


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    Looks like a different guitar!!!! New knobs, pup, trem screws, guard screws, strings, and a proper set up.


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    Funny, the logo on my original 63 is in about the same condition!!!!

    ~JH
     
  11. Bob Pollock

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    Well done Jonny....again!
     
  12. bluejazzoid

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    Glad to see Agent Hotnuts is always on the case! ;)
     
  13. Fitzer

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    Great find. Love seeing this. I've had a lot of good scores in my years of obsessive garage sales, but not quite like this. Gives me hope.
     
  14. JohnK24

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    Very Cool Story..and a great "rescue".
     
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    Nice score, love that color.
     
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    Great score!!! Looks beautiful!
     
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    Great story and cool guitar...congrats!

    Was this a Craigslist find?
     
  20. oldlefty

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    Wow- the midget from Twin Peaks pulled a Forrest Gump!
     

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