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First Act Rehab Of The Week ... NGD

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by FenderGyrl, Oct 14, 2020.

  1. FenderGyrl

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    I Bought this one for $38 total = Shipping Included.
    It was in rough shape.

    Finished it up today. I may cut a pickguard for it.
    I have some Creme Material that matches the knobs.

    I wanted to not put any more money into it, other than new strings.
    Mission Accomplished.

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    Sorry... Not a lot of sunlight.
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  3. FenderGyrl

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    I was intrigued by this body shape.
    And the straight in line strings Headstock shape.
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    Check out this necks finish !!!!
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    The Rehab Story:
    It showed up with sticker funk all over it.
    Lots of grime, electronics were gooched.

    Broke it all down. 409 Spray all over the parts.

    Oiled the Truss Rod and let it sit for a day.

    Be back later ... Dinner Time here.
     
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    Looks pretty cool. I like the no pickguard look.

    Was that from GW auctions? There are a lot of First Acts on there. I still haven't got one. I had a local Squire Strat fall into my lap, which has occupied my cheap project need for the past couple of weeks. Now that I'm finished with it, I might start looking again.
     
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    Nice job Fendergyrl!
     
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    The Process:
    Leveled the neck.
    Fret Rocker . 3 Frets below the 12 needed spot leveling.
    13 to 22 - Leveled all of them with a slight drop off.
    Cleaned up the fret ends 1 to 12.

    Pyramid crowned the 13 to 22. Cleaned up the ends.
    Scothbrite the Fingerboard, 0000 steel wool all frets.
    2000 grit sand the back of neck.

    Lemon oil on Fingerboard. Carnuba Waxed the neck back.

    The tuner keys. 409 cleaner.
    Lithium grease on the work thread and spindle gear.
    Tightened spindle fear screws.
    Reassembled keys. Remounted them

    Rounded the fret board ends over the body.
    The finger board was rolled slightly with sandpaper also.
     
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    Had to soft rubbing compound the body.
    It was rough.

    Got most of the scratches and scuffs off.
    Smooth wet sanded it with 2000, then 6000.
    Buffed it out.

    Used drops of laquer thinner to soften the edges of nicks before adding drops of touch up paint.

    Carnuba waxed the body.

    Cleaned up the Bridge and Saddles.
     
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    I had a Dimarzio X2N from my 86 Les Paul. It was in there for twenty years. As I've gotten older I've come to like Alnico 2s or 5s in my guitars. I have a bunch of Ceramic PUPs in my drawer.

    EVH used a similar PUP in his stuff. I figured I would put one into this One Trick Pony. Figured it would be fun to have around.

    So...Dimarzi o X2N from 1993.
    I had a CTS Push Pull Pot. I wired this up with a Coil Split.
    Added a CTS Tone knob. 22 Orange Drop. Sheilded the cavity.

    Knobs from the parts box.
     
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    Put it back together.
    .18 from 1st fret to strings.
    .10 relief at 7th feet.
    1/8th Off Contact from 17 fret to strings.

    Smoothed the rough edges of the nut.

    .015 Styrene Shim under the neck front edge.
     
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    The End Result:
    Turned out pretty good.
    X2N is punchy. Coil Split is cool.

    Balances nicely.
    Tuners feel smooth.
    Neck feels broke in.
    Action is good.

    The Verdict:
    Its a Rhythm Machine.
    I strung it up with 10 to 46 Ernie Balls.
    It feels...Stiff. Not like my 222's that I modded.

    I would describe it as a "Guys Guitar".
    If you like a little resistance this would be right up yer alley.
    It's a good guitar... Its just not ... Me.

    I sent a clip of me playing it to my buddy.
    He loves the sound. He wants to check it out...and buy it from me.
     
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    Aschweet...and where are the latest pics? I like the headstock design and straight string orientations as well. BTW...I liked your previous avatar much-mo-bedda.
     
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    So...
    $38
    Dimarzio and Pots/Cap

    Thursday Night 2 Hours
    Friday Night 2 Hours
    A Few Hours Saturday
    Most Of The Day Sunday
    A Few Hours Yesterday And Today
    Probably Twenty Hours Of Labor

    FG
     
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    Yes...GW

    Thanx, These are current final pics.
     
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    "Slaps head in embarrassment emoji" Speed forum reading again. Nice guitar and great value deal on it. Sorry. :)
     
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    BTW...who's the guitarist playing the DC Junior in your new avatar? I love DC Jr's and scratch built 2 of them. My last one I call the "Gilligan Little Buddy model". I still need to finish it but you may get a kick out of the graphics.

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    X2N is a great pickup. It's more versatile than some might imagine. Check out the album Death in the Guitarfternoon by Larry Wallis if you don't believe me.
     
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    I found one of these locally for $25. It had just gotten the glitter purple paint job by the PO, and he gave up on the project. I had wanted one of the FA models with the big pole humbucker. I have always avoided pointy head stock guitars like the plague, but this one appealed to me because the head stock looked like a flame. I'll probably sand the body down and paint it something obnoxious. It does have a pretty small body that feels a bit awkward.

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    Beautiful! Nice job!
     
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