NG(body)D... '66 Mustang... It's a guitar again!

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NG(body)D... '66 Mustang... It's a guitar again!

Post by Wil_66 » Sun May 17, 2020 9:03 am

Social distancing and ebay has led to a new guitar project. I'm not sure if this should go in vintage restorations or mods and projects, so I'll post it here. I mainly bought it because I wanted the neck plate for my 1966 Duo Sonic II, but after chiseling the bondo out of the pickup cavities I have decided to build it into a guitar. I've started wet sanding the body to smooth out some of the touch ups, and remove the clear coat that someone sprayed on it (which didn't stick) I'll post more pics later.

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Re: NG(body)D... '66 Mustang

Post by lunaticjaguar » Sun May 17, 2020 10:17 am

ummmmm.... so did they try to convert it into an acoustic????

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Re: NG(body)D... '66 Mustang

Post by supersonicjazzmaster » Sun May 17, 2020 11:16 am

Aaahhhh!!! Help! What happened to this body??
There´s a mark for a Strat jack? :-X
Marking for an extra routing for whatever...?
WHY filling the complete body with something whatever? :fp:
Ok, I am happy with you to see better days for this body. :)
keep us updated please!

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Re: NG(body)D... '66 Mustang

Post by Wil_66 » Sun May 17, 2020 11:52 am

lunaticjaguar wrote:
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ummmmm.... so did they try to convert it into an acoustic????
I don't know what they were thinking. Fortunately they stopped before they got the router plugged in... and the bondo came out pretty easily. The strat output jack looking drawing on the body was drawn on and then clear coated over... EEESSHHHH. I've gotten a lot of the clear off with 1500 grit wet sanding. It's not gonna be a museum piece by any means, but I think I can make a decent mutt-stang out of it. I have a spare Duo-Sonic II neck I'm gonna put on it for now, and a set of Japanese Mustang pups...

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Re: NG(body)D... '66 Mustang

Post by Wil_66 » Sun May 17, 2020 12:28 pm

Still more work to do, but I couldn't resist a mock up. I have an original pearloid pickguard on the way, the all parts guard doesn't fit right and is WAY too shiney.

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Re: NG(body)D... '66 Mustang... Now with a neck!

Post by SWFC68 » Sun May 17, 2020 6:29 pm

Oh man, its going to look great.. Its already coming along. Nice save!

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Re: NG(body)D... '66 Mustang... Now with a neck!

Post by terminalvertigo » Sun May 17, 2020 9:21 pm

looks great! love the battered finish :)
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Re: NG(body)D... '66 Mustang... Now with a neck!

Post by algeriet » Mon May 18, 2020 8:00 am

Thank goodness it's in good hands once again.
Hmm, try and let that pickguard lie in coffee for a while and see if that helps? My '64 Mustang that I had up until three months ago, had the deepest pearloid pickguard I've ever seen. I've got a Squier Vista Series Venus XII and that pearloid pickguard in comparison looks hellacheap.

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Re: NG(body)D... '66 Mustang... Now with a neck!

Post by marqueemoon » Mon May 18, 2020 8:08 am

That neck is beautiful. I agree that either knocking down the stark whiteness of the pearloid or replacing with an old guard will help a lot.

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Re: NG(body)D... '66 Mustang... Now with a neck!

Post by Con-Tiki! » Mon May 18, 2020 6:23 pm

lovely man.
I have a white '66 with a vintage pearl guard. If you're lucky, it will have turned all creamy and warm.
It makes all the difference.
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Re: NG(body)D... '66 Mustang... Now with a neck!

Post by Wil_66 » Mon May 18, 2020 8:03 pm

I'm glad you guys are diggin' it... The pickguard showed up today! I could do a little more work on the finish, and I'm still waiting on a Mustang bridge, but the old bridge off my Bass VI fit, so here it is!

It could use a neck shim at the moment, but I'm gonna wait for the Mustang bridge before getting into the setup details.

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I think it goes well with my Duo Sonic II

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Re: NG(body)D... '66 Mustang... Now with a neck!

Post by Wil_66 » Mon May 18, 2020 8:13 pm

Sorry, the pickguard doesn't show real well in these pics. I had to take them inside under flourescent lights, but it's actually a nice subdued pearl... almost buttery looking.

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Re: NG(body)D... '66 Mustang... It's a guitar again!

Post by MatthewK » Mon May 18, 2020 8:18 pm

Rather like my Lazarus Mustang - anyone want to sell me 60s strap buttons and a string tree?
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Re: NG(body)D... '66 Mustang... It's a guitar again!

Post by gishuk » Tue May 19, 2020 7:28 am

I've seen some weird guitar mods but filling the pickup cavities with bondo is a new one to me ???

Looks great now though!

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Re: NG(body)D... '66 Mustang... It's a guitar again!

Post by Dieca » Tue May 19, 2020 1:47 pm

Nice job bringing this back to life, actually really dig the finish wear on it.

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