I thought so of you might enjoy a thread documenting my attempt to resurrect a 70's-era Eastern Bloc guitar for a friend. The guitar is a Defil Melodia 2 -- the owner says that back in the Soviet era, these would be pretty much the only electric guitars kids in Poland would be able to get their hands on. He knows it probably won't sound or play very well when it's done... but he wants to get it into playing shape for sentimental reasons (and as a conversation piece). Here's a vid of NOT the one I am working on -- just to see what it ought to look/sound like: The one on my bench is in pretty bad shape -- started working on it this weekend: the first real problem was the neck -- the fingerboard had a concave radius (!) - not sure if it always did, or if it warped over time. Anyhow, step one was pulling the frets and re-radiusing the board: Forgot to take a pic of the concavity -- here is the new 12" radius: Some things to note so far: it's a 3 piece laminated neck -- not sure what the center wood is, walnut maybe? No truss rod, though that said, the neck itself is quite straight. How the fingerboard got concave while the neck stayed straight is a mystery... Is it possible it was carved that way from the start? (That may sound crazy, but check the pic of the neck block at the end of this post -- it's VERY possible these guitars were thrown together in a factory with little quality control or knowledge of how guitars work -- perhaps the plant supervisor says "radius the fretboard to 12" but never mentioned what orientation the radius was meant to have???) The "inlays" are... I'm not sure... (painted wood?) But the blocks go right to the edge and are super thin, so I lost a bit on some from the re-radius. Not really sure what there is to do about that... The 12th fret has three dots that are totally sunken in, I will just top those up with epoxy to get them flush. Going to have to fill the tuner holes and redrill -- the sizes already drilled are not standard at all, and it's missing 3 of its original bushings. I will try to keep the metal tuner plates, though the screw holes will not match anything, probably. Some numbers stamped on the heel of the neck -- I can't figure out a date from that, and internet seems to know nothing about Defil serial numbering LOL. OK, next post will be about the body and electronics... oooh boy, it's going to be a treat to figure out how to re-outfit this thing. One last pic before we go for now: check out that neck block grain! (And the bolt pattern for that matter.) How did the East not win the Cold War???