That’s amazing!!! Well done! Saved!Hi everyone, I'm back with the "Driftwood Fender Bullet" that washed up on Virginia Beach. I worked on this project on and off since I got it back in September 2020 (original post on p.125) , up until the end of last summer. Here's my documentation of some of the steps I did to fix it up:
(still blows my mind the chances of that)
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After taking the guitar apart, I decided to check on the truss rod. Turns out it was totally functional, after getting the rust off, so I put it right back in.
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The new fretboard is a rosewood one I bought from stewmac. I cut off the excess with a bandsaw, aligned it with a couple nails, and strapped it on to glue with some bike inner-tube strips.
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It took a little while to get the edge of the neck and fretboard flush with woodfiller, since the edge of the neck got rounded over in the ocean
After a lot of inefficient and uneven sanding of the fretboard, I finally had the idea for this simple jig:
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For some reason, I chose to use stainless steel frets for my first ever full fret job, definitely a challenge Also, the "clay" fret dots are made with some store-bought wood filler paste.
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A few more things: I saw a post from I think it was jays0n showing the conversion of the pickguard/bridge for tele saddles, and I tried it out. (thanks jays0n!) Then I sanded off all that wonderful tetanus-inducing rust down to the bare metal. And for the pickups, unfortunately the bridge pickup was dead, but the neck pickup still works miraculously!
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Of course, the number of hours I've put into this guitar doesn't compare to the value of it, but I don't mind. I'm new to guitar repair, and this whole project has been an amazing learning experience. And now I've got an awesome guitar to play! Since I finished it last summer, I've been playing it nonstop at home and jamming with friends. It plays great, sounds great, and really holds its own especially considering where it came from!
By the way, the guitar doesn't have an official nickname yet, so suggestions are welcome (Beach Bullet, Atlantic Axe, Bullet of the Seas. . .?)
Glad the 3 saddle idea worked out for you. I still have mine like that and feel it is better than with the 6 individual saddles.
Thanks for sharing your story and process. What a cool Bullet.