Look at this oldie

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by zook, Feb 28, 2020.

  1. zook

    zook Friend of Leo's

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    Nice! By "restore" you mean......?
     
  3. zook

    zook Friend of Leo's

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    I'll refinish it since the original finish was stripped off a long time ago. I may have the tailpiece re-chromed too and replace the black buttons on the tuners.
     
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    I don't think I would "refinish" that......I'd probably use some Olde English Furniture Polish and Scratch Remover, and then put it in playing condition. Otherwise, everything is just "character". Be sure and post your finished results. ;)
     
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    gkterry Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    If that is supposed to EC's signature, I would say it looks doubtful for authenticity.
    I am not a handwriting expert by any means but I see the below example everyday and it looks very similar to other available EC autograph examples.
    Just my opinion and my opinions ain't worth much.
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    Yep, I'd be in the camp to leave it alone, except maybe a little rust removal/prevention. That's just my 2 cents; not a big fan of the original color for that model. Just looks like cheap blonde color...although there may be something to say for cheap blondes...

    If you do refinish it, then all the history that particular guitar had means nothing. I get that celebrating a needle and a spoon ain't right, so maybe you clean up the back side?

    anyway, congrats! Excellent find and glad to know it's somewhere that it will be taken care of.
     
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    If a guitar was able to look like Seattle in the 90s, it would be this guitar.
     
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    10/10 sig genuine :rolleyes:

    My recco - keep that finish & patina unless it feels bad on the hands.
    Not sure where period-correct hardware can be had or if you need your own machine shop.

    Please update when it's playable.
    Peace - Deeve
     
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    Heroin does terrible things to your signature.
     
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    I doubt if that's EC's signature, and I'll consider the no refinish thoughts. It's not that far from being playable.
     
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    Fretboard looks pretty flat - maybe it was played as a lap steel?
     
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    Never seen one of those before. What is it?
     
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    Nice. I’m also in the “keep the patina” camp, although I’d lose the presumably fake signature and keep the “artwork” on the back. Restoring it would probably be best for reselling, but if I were going to play it, I’d play it like that.
     
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    EC's signature or not. It doesn't really matter. That is a cool and highly collectible guitar. Enjoy playing it!
     
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    I decided to leave it be. I replaced the plastic tuning key knobs since three were almost all gone, I disassembled it and cleaned everything up replacing the many rusty screws. I had a bit of delicate work freeing the truss rod nut, but managed to get it working freely. I cleaned the pots, put it back together and strung it up with 10s.

    The fret board needed leveling and crowning so I did that too.

    It sounds really good, nice cleans and great dirty tones when cranked.
     
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    Glad to hear you left it as is. When I think back of the guitars I unnecessarily refinished, I cringe at the thought. Let's see a pic of your finished product. That guitar would go nice with my 1956 Magnatone amp. 20190912_233853.jpg 20190912_233749.jpg
     
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    Here's the current view, strung up with 10's after cleaning up, repairing the tuners replacing rusty screws and replicating a logo (which ended up a little off center. Body 1.jpg Body rear.jpg Front 1.jpg Front 2.jpg Full Rear.jpg Headstock 1.jpg Headstock rear.jpg :
     
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    Nice! As I would often say to myself at closing time back when I was drinking: "Ugly is in the eye of the beholder".
     
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