'66 Mustang project

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'66 Mustang project

Post by lwatford » Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:11 pm

Found this the other day, looked okay except for the refinish and a few missing parts (pickup covers, string tree, some screws and bits). Going to need a new nut too.

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The neck has been refinished also, I've got to see about removing that...
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They were kind enough to tape off the neck date though...but not the truss rod nut?
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I had a '65 a few years ago that had the bridge pickup swapped out, so it was cool to see the original pickups.
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Got all the hardware off, going to experiment with the finish...looks like it was Blue to begin with.
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My old '65...I want to get this one like it!
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Re: '66 Mustang project

Post by Steadyriot. » Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:31 pm

That blue could be very well under there. I'd try to see if it is. Maybe you can restore it! It would be tedious work but hell, having the original finish would be worth it.
Cool project!
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Re: '66 Mustang project

Post by Acidhouse » Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:49 am

Good luck. Looks like a fun project. That blue would look very nice.

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Re: '66 Mustang project

Post by Pacafeliz » Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:49 am

Oh I hate them painted necks - wtf?!

Reminds me of my old mustang bass...
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Re: '66 Mustang project

Post by mbene085 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:40 am

Needs more paint. I think they left some of the fretboard exposed ;)

Looks like a good score though! Are you restoring it to Daphne blue?

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Re: '66 Mustang project

Post by lwatford » Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:15 pm

mbene085 wrote:Needs more paint. I think they left some of the fretboard exposed

Looks like a good score though! Are you restoring it to Daphne blue?
Yeah...I know, it's nuts what people do to guitars!

I'm planning to go back to blue, though I haven't done much of anything to it. I did order some pickup covers, but that's about it so far...

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Re: '66 Mustang project

Post by lwatford » Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:16 pm

Pacafeliz wrote:Oh I hate them painted necks - wtf?!

Reminds me of my old mustang bass...
http://www.offsetguitars.com/forums/vie" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ... =6&t=24902

Good luck!

cool thread, I'm hoping the finish might be there, but I'm not holding my breath!

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Re: '66 Mustang project

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:39 pm

Be extra careful with the headstock. With a bit of luck there'll be a decal under there.
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Re: '66 Mustang project

Post by lwatford » Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:29 pm

So no luck with it being nitro...and no luck with any original finish.

Here's where I had to stop tonight. That crack runs all the way around...but seems stable so far.
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The finish on the neck isn't actually that thick, there's a grey primer or something under the red that's coming off pretty easy.
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A few stamps were still hiding under the red at the heel!
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Things I've learned so far with the heat gun...any remaining nitro (like the layer that "was" there in the neck pocket) is pretty flammable! So are side dots...luckily I caught the one before it got too bad. Also the sealer or whatever on the body is a pain.

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Re: '66 Mustang project

Post by lwatford » Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:32 pm

PorkyPrimeCut wrote:Be extra careful with the headstock. With a bit of luck there'll be a decal under there.

I had high hopes...I even got a little excited when I pulled the first layer off, thinking there was an outline, but no luck sadly.

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Re: '66 Mustang project

Post by PixMix » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:09 pm

That's definitely a project worth pursuing. Nice work!

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Re: '66 Mustang project

Post by lwatford » Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:21 am

Worked some more this morning. There's an ES stamp hiding under there!

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eghh....not sure how the body turned out. Meh. Oh, and it's a three piece body, so I shouldn't worry about that seam too much, right?
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I think the neck is going to be great though! Most of the undercoat came off with a scraper, so not too much sanding.
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Re: '66 Mustang project

Post by Pacafeliz » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:16 am

cool!
...and i don't seem to recall ever seeing an ES stamp on a Mustang before!
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Re: '66 Mustang project

Post by lwatford » Tue May 09, 2017 6:10 pm

Neck & body just got to MJT. Got my waterslides in today...though it'll be a while before they get to go on, so into the parts box they go!

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Re: '66 Mustang project

Post by Yeatzee » Mon Jun 05, 2017 8:34 pm

Look forward to seeing it done, love seeing these transformations.

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