1966/67 Musicmaster II restoration - DONE !!!

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1966/67 Musicmaster II restoration - DONE !!!

Post by raphaël » Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:52 am

Hello,

This thread follow that one:

http://www.offsetguitars.com/forums/vie ... 41&t=98116

So,
Nothing fancy here.
I've decided to go the vintage correct way for that one.
I will keep the natural finish as I like it though...

Anyway,
I received a mid 60's pickguard a few days ago.
Red tort, very beautiful and deep.
This is my first vintage tort guard, and I begin to understand the appeal ;) !!

The guard was listed as in perfect condition.
But it's all shrunken!!!
Nothing is lining up anymore.
The seller was kind enough to offer a full refund for it...so I basically have a vintage tort for free...ok it doesn't fi, but still!!
As I plan to keep that guitar for ever, I will drill some new holes in the body, and enlarge the pickup route in the pickguard...no big deal afterall.

Ok then, pics!!
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I actually really like the red on natural...

I'm currently waiting for a set of 3 cream pickup covers (1 for this one and 2 for the OW Mustang). I'll hunt a vintage one later, as they are hard to find and super expensive pieces of plastic.

I've also sent the original pickup to MojoPickups for a rewind.
I guess he received the pickup today.
Marc will send it back to me soon...with a set of Mustang pickups with Tele specs, for my red Duo Sonic :w00t: !!!!

That's awesome.
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Re: 1966/67 Musicmaster II restoration

Post by HH1978 » Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:18 am

Great to see that project coming alive!
Marc always does awesome job on pickups, it will sound fantastic!
The red on natural looks great! :? And the dark fretboard is gorgeous

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Re: 1966/67 Musicmaster II restoration

Post by raphaël » Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:31 am

Thanks Hugues!!!

I can't wait to have the pickup back :w00t:

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Re: 1966/67 Musicmaster II restoration

Post by howdo3313 » Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:32 am

Lookin' good, Raph. ;D :-*
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Re: 1966/67 Musicmaster II restoration

Post by Jazzmastervsjaguar » Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:25 pm

Looks great! But I can't help seeing Seafoam with matching head stock...

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Re: 1966/67 Musicmaster II restoration

Post by raphaël » Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:59 am

Thanks guys!!
Seafoam Green would be nice...
But I'm all into natural finishes these days.
The truth is I'm slowly considering to darken the body with tru oil, like that incredible Mustang body PJazzmaster is currently selling :? :?
It would look super nice with the red tort!!!

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Re: 1966/67 Musicmaster II restoration

Post by k701 » Wed May 11, 2016 3:06 pm

I can't remember if it was here or elsewhere, but I remember a thread about a guy that developed a technique for flattening/stretching out shrunken torts. Might be worth looking up. I think he heated them up in the oven as the first part. Can't remember the rest.

Edit: ok, it was for fixing wavy torts as opposed to shrunken- but I guess it depends on how shrunken?

http://www.offsetguitars.com/forums/vie ... 42&t=93643" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: 1966/67 Musicmaster II restoration

Post by raphaël » Thu May 12, 2016 7:15 am

^
Thanks ;) !!

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Re: 1966/67 Musicmaster II restoration - DONE !!!

Post by raphaël » Sun May 15, 2016 8:30 am

And she is done!!!

I got the pickup yesterday and found some time today to solder everything.

She is great, she sounds great, she plays great and she looks great.
It really is an awesome little guitar...I couldn't be happier.

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The pickup cover I got look similar to an old one (I think) and the pickguard is actually quite fine, I had to drill some new holes into the body though, but it's ok, this one is a keeper ;)

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Re: 1966/67 Musicmaster II restoration - DONE !!!

Post by howdo3313 » Sun May 15, 2016 10:48 am

Nicely done, Raph. So happy you've got her and love her. :w00t:
It's a super busy full day today, I'll email you later tonight/tomo. :-* :)
Gassing for XII...almost like Jazzin' for Blue Jean;)

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Re: 1966/67 Musicmaster II restoration - DONE !!!

Post by HH1978 » Sun May 15, 2016 1:27 pm

Raph, this is Awesome!!!! :)

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Re: 1966/67 Musicmaster II restoration - DONE !!!

Post by mothershipzeta » Sun May 15, 2016 2:10 pm

Well this is quite a beautiful looking guitar, congrats. :? these have the most comfortable necks for me, how does yours play?

It's weird to see how they put the body together, is it just the picture, or is it a three-piece body indeed with the third piece "separated" by the upper waist?
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Re: 1966/67 Musicmaster II restoration - DONE !!!

Post by raphaël » Tue May 17, 2016 1:00 am

Thank you guys!!
mothershipzeta wrote:these have the most comfortable necks for me, how does yours play?
This neck plays wonderfully, it's a 22'5" scale but it's super comfortable, easy to play and a glove to my hands...might be my favorite one actually :wtf: :D
mothershipzeta wrote:It's weird to see how they put the body together, is it just the picture, or is it a three-piece body indeed with the third piece "separated" by the upper waist?
It's not just the pic, it's weird indeed...but I like it!!!

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Re: 1966/67 Musicmaster II restoration - DONE !!!

Post by mothershipzeta » Tue May 17, 2016 3:28 am

raphaël wrote: it's a 22'5" scale but it's super comfortable, easy to play and a glove to my hands...might be my favorite one actually
never played one of those smaller necks, I'd love to try one out.. lot of people have massive hate for them, and those are the things that usually click with me :shifty:
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Re: 1966/67 Musicmaster II restoration - DONE !!!

Post by raphaël » Wed May 18, 2016 1:26 am

I think the hate is mostly about the A width...I guess they all are As (correct me if I'm wrong)
But A width is freakin' awesome :w00t: !!!

That said, 22'5" is very small...but it's a lot of fun, for sure ;)

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