1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by Wil_66 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:09 pm

Nice work on the pickguard, I am looking forward to seeing the rest of the resurrection! That poor Jazzmaster deserves it!

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by maximee » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:50 am

Thank you all for your encouragement! Really enjoying this little project.
mcatano wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:09 am
I believe it's "Entered Special."
Oh yes, thanks, that was it! I've read that ages ago somewhere around here.
badform wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:28 pm
Why glue it? Keep the crack because that's part of its history.
There will always be a visible crack. I just like the challenge of fixing it to the best of my abilities. Also, the small part of the pickguad is not as flat as I'd like and while double sided take might do it for a while, it won't last and leave sticky mess everywhere. Ask me how I know :) Nonetheless, I share your view on preserving some of its scars (=history).
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Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:52 pm
That's a really strange looking tort guard!
Yeah, I kind of thought so, too. But it really depends on the lighting.
It definetly is the real deal. You can tell by the smell when sanding. It smells like burning ping pong balls. Oh, the memories.

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Ok, on with the restoration.
Removal of the bridge thimbles. Good old soldering iron in combination with a dowel. I think that's the best technique, they were really tight, but came out pretty nicely.

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Somehow I managed to scratch the otherwise level back side. :whistle:

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Nothing a soldering iron, an old rag and a good mouthful of spit couldn't cure.

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The steam made the grain swell up to the surface again and all is well.

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Before sanding:

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After sanding:

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It really has nice grain on the back, maybe that's how they selected it for the ES ones.
Almost too bad to spray it in solid color.

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This needs some filler:

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Done (yes, I do know how that looks, thanks).

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Enter Sandman:

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It doesn't really come across how much friggin time it took to sand the pickup covers. Next time, I'll buy replacements and age them. At least now I can say it's the real deal. Anybody can buy a pickup cover.

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Next up is final prep work before spraying the body. Getting there!

Question: Would you completely spray the body (minus cavities) or keep the original sunburst with the ES stamp underneath the pickguard the way it is? I'm leaning towards the latter. I like the idea of being able to see where it came from. It's telling a story and takes out the guess work for possible future owners. With the pickguard mounted it wouldn't make a difference. What do you think?
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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by Wil_66 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:18 am

I'd leave what's left of the original finish under the pickguard, it's actually pretty cool there's any of it left!

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by Pacafeliz » Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:21 am

Wil_66 wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:18 am
I'd leave what's left of the original finish under the pickguard, it's actually pretty cool there's any of it left!
+1
i love delay SO much ...that i procrastinate all the time.

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by maximee » Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:22 am

Wil_66 wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:18 am
I'd leave what's left of the original finish under the pickguard, it's actually pretty cool there's any of it left!
It's only because the original owner never took it apart when sanding/painting the guitar. It survived white, black, gold and wood stain. Alright, I'll keep it as is! Thanks for your opinions.

Just a little tease: Pacafeliz is a legend and I have something in the mail, will post shortly!

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by Pacafeliz » Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:48 am

Dude please... :blush:
i love delay SO much ...that i procrastinate all the time.

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by greens » Fri Feb 21, 2020 12:16 pm

Awesome thread, you are really off to a great start. I love that color idea also

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by JVG » Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:24 pm

Awesome. It’s amazing how good a freshly sanded body looks. Yes, leave the bits of sunburst under the guard - it tells a great story.

This is a great thread...can’t wait for more!

Cheers!
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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by kapepper » Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:47 am

Well done!!!

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by HNB » Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:56 am

Coming along great!
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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by maximee » Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:39 pm

Thanks everyone! This little project will continue in May because I’m not around for a few weeks. Looking forward to posting more.

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by seawalker » Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:59 am

This thread is awesome! Keep us posted! :w00t: 8)

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by lemming » Wed Mar 11, 2020 8:42 pm

seawalker wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:59 am
This thread is awesome! Keep us posted! :w00t: 8)
I agree -- this thread is great. The guitar is really turning out fantastic! I love seeing the step-by-step on projects like this, and I'm looking forward to watching the rest of this story unfold.

(For what it's worth, I wholeheartedly agree with leaving the original finish under the pickguard)

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by SuperAxe » Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:47 pm

maximee wrote:
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:39 pm
Thanks everyone! This little project will continue in May because I’m not around for a few weeks. Looking forward to posting more.
Is it May yet?

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Re: 1966 Jazzmaster Restoration

Post by maximee » Tue Apr 14, 2020 12:25 am

SuperAxe wrote:
Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:47 pm
Is it May yet?
I wish. Looks like I’m currently stuck in Australia with no flight back. Will get back to this project as soon they let me. Hope all of you are well!

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