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Re: 59 jazzmaster

Post by savantjk » Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:07 pm

Maggieo wrote:
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Don't touch it! It's perfect. The grain is... :? :? :? :? :? :? :? :?
I like the natural too - I just need one in each color 😂. It's my wife's favorite. Tough decision. It could use a good clear over it at least to protect the body. Seems like it may have some oil rubbed in - whether its from years of skin contact, old motor oil trick, etc.. no real protection though. I think a good clear could really be sharp. As far as paint goes - with the burst it would at least return some originality and partially show the grain instead of covering it.

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Re: 59 jazzmaster

Post by kosmonautmayhem » Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:46 pm

That grain is very pretty. I know it's not ash but see through blonde would be an amazing choice for a 59 with that tort.

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Re: 59 jazzmaster

Post by Maggieo » Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:51 pm

kosmonautmayhem wrote:
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That grain is very pretty. I know it's not ash but see through blonde would be an amazing choice for a 59 with that tort.
That'd be nice!
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Re: 59 jazzmaster

Post by savantjk » Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:01 pm

Anyone ever used BadMojo Makeovers? I could finish the body and headstock cheaper than just the body at some others I've contacted.
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Re: 59 jazzmaster

Post by mcjt » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:22 am

Blond is nice but it looks better on ash than alder.
but to each his own!

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Re: 59 jazzmaster

Post by Hyphen Nation » Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:23 am

I would stick with a color that makes sense with the pick guard, and have Dannocaster do a refin. Last I checked he does vintage refins if you send a stripped body to him.

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Re: 59 jazzmaster

Post by fenderheavy » Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:18 pm

You got a ‘59 for $500. Don’t cheap out on the refin. Save your pennies and pay someone who will get it right the first time.

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Re: 59 jazzmaster

Post by Hiwatt Bob » Fri Dec 29, 2017 9:24 pm

Damn!!

You got a blank canvas there--have fun!!

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Re: 59 jazzmaster

Post by Jellyfishin'Musician » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:33 pm

Burgundy Mist looks great with a tortoiseshell 'guard.

Speaking of the pickguard, if you haven't already (and if you sent Curtis just the pickups, without the 'guard), make sure that you screw it back to the body, while the pickups are away. Those pickguards are always just dying to shrink, and -relieved of the counteracting force of those screws- it will be only too happy to curl up on you.

Can't wait to see how this turns out.
For the paint, definitely don't go with the lowest bidder - it will still ending being a grand-theft-level steal, regardless of what the finish ends up costing.
And you can always play it, as-is, if you have to save up for a while.
That guitar deserves it!

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Re: 59 jazzmaster

Post by savantjk » Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:27 pm

The pickguard was reattached right after the pickups were pulled, thanks for looking out though!

I've exchanged a few emails with Danocaster and found out he doesn't finish necks. I love the way it currently feels, just seems like if I'm getting the body refinished I might as well give the neck/headstock a little love too! Any suggestions there?

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Re: 59 jazzmaster

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:08 am

savantjk wrote:
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:27 pm
I've exchanged a few emails with Danocaster and found out he doesn't finish necks. I love the way it currently feels, just seems like if I'm getting the body refinished I might as well give the neck/headstock a little love too! Any suggestions there?
It all depends what kind of guitar you want at the end of this. do you want it to be period correct?

What exactly do you want doing to the neck? Just a new decal applied or do you want it completely re-laquered?

If you're after a custom colour then maybe go the matching headstock route. You'll probably end up with something looking like it's been well looked after. Like it's been stored in it's case for long periods of time & never bashed around too much.

Or, and this is where I went with mine, have a finish that matches the wear on the neck. A vintage correct nitro refin with a small amount of relicing (or a thin enough finish to show some natural wear after a few months to a year of honest playing).
The thing is with Danocaster, he doesn't go mental with a belt sander (like other well known names). His relicing is very tasteful, convincing and IMO, exactly what you'd need to match the already worn in neck.
(When I got mine done all the guy did was to stick it in a freezer for 24 hours after the finish had settled for a couple of weeks. It created some long, thin cracks, just like the weather checking you see on vintage models. He actually hit it with some anti-freeze too which, in retrospect, wasn't so great. It didn't damage the finish but it did cause it to crack more like a spider's web in places. I didn't really know enough about all this back then. If I knew what I know now I'd have left it alone once it was out of the freezer).

Without seeing it close up, I'm guessing that '59 neck will feel amazing to play. Refinishing it will just dampen this, maybe making it a little stickier, if you know what I mean. A simple decal, maybe oversprayed with a couple of thin layers of clear laquer & you're good to go.
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Re: 59 jazzmaster

Post by gusgorman » Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:47 am

Great story! Congratulations

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Re: 59 jazzmaster

Post by chemattstry » Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:46 pm

Awesome find. The grain is beautiful, but it's a '59. Sunburst? It's a tough call.

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Re: 59 jazzmaster

Post by Singlebladepickup » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:06 pm

Don't refinish the whole neck, just do what you want to the headstock. I agree that you should go for the best refin you can get on the body the first time around. Unless you're trying to resell for profit, I say go for your favorite color. You can talk about restoring it to a period-correct '59, but it will always be a refin so you might as well make it the prettiest '59 you've ever seen

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Re: 59 jazzmaster

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:24 pm

chemattstry wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:46 pm
...but it's a '59. Sunburst? It's a tough call.
The stripped body has 11 holes for the pickguard screws. I'm pretty sure 11-holers only came on sunburst Jazzmasters.
If someone can show me a photo of an 11-holer on an Olympic White body I'll happily stand corrected :)
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