Shell pink JM restoration - 8: done.

Bringing your older offset back to life.
Post Reply
User avatar
fuzzking
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 10154
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:06 am
Contact:

Shell pink JM restoration - 8: done.

Post by fuzzking » Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:51 am

i bought this "'65 jm body in ultra-thin shell pink nitro finish" a while ago and was a bit dissapointed to say the least.
but anyway, i decided to try and restore it - i paid too much & learned my ebay-lesson...

cavities
Image
Image
Image

the ultra-thin finish and ergonomical contours
Image
Image
Image

tummy cutout
Image
Last edited by fuzzking on Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:25 am, edited 1 time in total.
Jesus must be spinning in his grave.

User avatar
fullerplast
Mods
Mods
Posts: 12710
Joined: Tue Sep 12, 2006 4:53 am
Location: In My Room

Re: Pinky restoration - the horror

Post by fullerplast » Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:08 am

I'll hold off chiming in as far as authenticity until I see the stripped body...

But I will say this in regard to the refin:  Yuck!    :k
Q. Are we not men?

User avatar
MelWaldorf
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 388
Joined: Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:13 pm

Re: Pinky restoration - the horror

Post by MelWaldorf » Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:11 am

My first JM, a 1966, had a deep tummy cut just like that, and a similar quality refin, only in salmon pink instead of shell pink!

User avatar
mcjt
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 4294
Joined: Fri Dec 29, 2006 2:17 pm
Location: Côte-St-Luc QC

Re: Pinky restoration - the horror

Post by mcjt » Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:14 am

wow... how did he apply the finish? with a 6" paintbrush?
59 and 60's have deep, long belly contours. show us more once it's stripped....
Member 347

User avatar
Ryan
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 751
Joined: Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:31 am
Location: South Florida
Contact:

Re: Pinky restoration - the horror

Post by Ryan » Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:17 am

Wow. The "ultra-thin" finish was just an excuse to say "I didn't have enough shell pink to cover the original and din't bother priming.". It looks like it was Sunburst before.
*shudder*

User avatar
jetset
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 1528
Joined: Sat Oct 21, 2006 6:45 pm
Location: Baltimore
Contact:

Re: Pinky restoration - the horror

Post by jetset » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:21 pm

Other than a quicky crap finish it looks like a decent guitar with no horrible routing.  Strip it, prep it right and give it a good finish.  You'll spend $75 on parts and a lot of lbor of love and you'll have a great guitar.
-j
I can't hear the forest for all the falling trees.

User avatar
OffYourFace
Mods
Mods
Posts: 12266
Joined: Thu May 03, 2007 2:59 pm
Location: Tarzana, CA

Re: Pinky restoration - the horror

Post by OffYourFace » Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:45 pm

fullerplast wrote: I'll hold off chiming in as far as authenticity until I see the stripped body...
+1   what's underneath the pickups???  any faint pencil markings?
synth tech at www.rosensound.com

User avatar
fuzzking
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 10154
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:06 am
Contact:

Re: Pinky restoration - the horror

Post by fuzzking » Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:04 am

jetset wrote: Other than a quicky crap finish it looks like a decent guitar with no horrible routing.  Strip it, prep it right and give it a good finish.  You'll spend $75 on parts and a lot of lbor of love and you'll have a great guitar.
-j
that is indeed my intention  :) - at first i was pissed as hell but remembering reading j.c.powys' "in spite of: a philosophy for everyone" i just thought: "fuck it i'll make this  a nice one"
OffYourFace wrote:
fullerplast wrote: I'll hold off chiming in as far as authenticity until I see the stripped body...
+1  what's underneath the pickups???  any faint pencil markings?
pics to come... hold on...

:)
Jesus must be spinning in his grave.

User avatar
fuzzking
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 10154
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:06 am
Contact:

Re: Pinky restoration - 2: stripped

Post by fuzzking » Fri Jan 18, 2008 2:21 am

here are some pics from the stripping process - i started out with nitro thinner, but i only have a small bottle with quite expensive stuff, and it took too long, so i used some universal stripper.
that stuff was really scary - i left the window and door of the workshop open all the time and smeared on, let sit for half an hour, removed the gunk with a spatula and wiped the rest off with newspaper. took me two evenings to get it off.

Image

geez:
Image

bad:
Image

real bad:
Image

burn marks and wood filler everywhere.

but i won't let it bring me down, no way.  :)

i'll work on it until it is shell pink. ultra thin.
Last edited by fuzzking on Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:16 am, edited 1 time in total.
Jesus must be spinning in his grave.

User avatar
Ryan
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 751
Joined: Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:31 am
Location: South Florida
Contact:

Re: Pinky restoration - 2: stripped

Post by Ryan » Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:37 am

:) Any idea what the original finish was? It looked like Sunburst to me. Obviously that may not be feasible with the burnmarks though. :) Looks ugly now, but hey; it gets ugly at many stages in the process. :)

User avatar
fuzzking
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 10154
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:06 am
Contact:

Re: Pinky restoration - 2: stripped

Post by fuzzking » Fri Jan 18, 2008 4:51 am

It sure looks like sunburst in the circuit / neck cavities.
It is a mix of pink/green/blue with sunburst underneath in the trem cavity.
Jesus must be spinning in his grave.

User avatar
fuzzking
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 10154
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:06 am
Contact:

Re: Pinky restoration - 2: stripped

Post by fuzzking » Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:13 am

circuit cavities - i had to drill out the bridge post thimbles that sat in there... very strange things, hammered in, not removable with iron and pliers.
these strange thimbles started to rotate with the drill and enlarged the holes (which actually had the correct dimensions btw), so i had to enlarge them
by a good measure and filled them.

Image

pic of a strangethimble with enlarged hole
Image

adapter piece i made
Image

fits...
Image

neck cavity (contours corrected with filler... this pic should come later, but it's the best i have of the neck cavity)
Image


trem cavity - cleaned up a bit. it seems like it was originally not routed deep enough, the front half has been lowered by about 2 mm to be able to house the trem.
it looks horrible... maybe i'll give the whole bottom an overhaul with the router or ask the guys at the workshop if they'll mill it out cleanly... i just hate to hold fast rotating sharp objects in my hands.
Image
Last edited by fuzzking on Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:35 am, edited 1 time in total.
Jesus must be spinning in his grave.

User avatar
Ryan
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 751
Joined: Tue Jan 08, 2008 4:31 am
Location: South Florida
Contact:

Re: Pinky restoration - 2: stripped

Post by Ryan » Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:32 am

FUZZ_KING wrote:i just hate to hold fast rotating
sharp objects in my hands.
Ditto, I get a little paranoid, that's why I wear a face shield and get REAL CLOSE, so I can be uber-careful.

User avatar
fuzzking
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 10154
Joined: Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:06 am
Contact:

Re: Pinky restoration - 2: stripped

Post by fuzzking » Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:39 am

Ryan wrote:
FUZZ_KING wrote:i just hate to hold fast rotating
sharp objects in my hands.
Ditto, I get a little paranoid, that's why I wear a face shield and get REAL CLOSE, so I can be uber-careful.
last thing you need is dain's amazing offset eyeball mod (who was very lucky) or something to the effect of 'look mom no hands'. i once saw a guy's half arm ripped off at a factory, i don't even want to think of it.
Jesus must be spinning in his grave.

User avatar
the older brother
PAT. # 2.972.923
PAT. # 2.972.923
Posts: 10693
Joined: Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:12 pm
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden.
Contact:

Re: Shell pink JM restoration - 2: stripped

Post by the older brother » Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:16 am

This will be amazing! Nice work so far. I've seen worse brought back to former glory.


Great  pics too of the progress.
Someone knows where I can find the nearest woodchipper to throw my pieces of junk into?

Post Reply