My Sunday morning craigslist find: $40 Japanese hollowbody

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by 62 Jazzmaster, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. 62 Jazzmaster

    62 Jazzmaster Friend of Leo's

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    No pics yet, but here's the ad that caught my eye this morning:
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    Detailed pics to follow, it made my day to be able to give it a loving new home!
    I've been looking for a slim hollow body to replace the Harmony Rocket that got wrecked by my kids when they were youngsters.
     
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    Nice find! Looks like a good replacement for an old Harmony for sure.
     
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    Nice score! Wow, $40 you can't go wrong. Worse case scenario it is a beautiful piece of art worth every penny, but you can make a player out of it. Big congrats.
     
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    Sweeeet. What's wrong with it?
     
  5. 62 Jazzmaster

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    Here are a few quick pics:
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    The owner said that it didn't make any sound, except a loud hum. I suspect it's a loose wire, but will give it a good check-up tomorrow. Just haven't had enough free time today to diagnose the problem.

    I'll bet those weird and skinny pups have a distinctive tone, can't wait to get her working again.

    Any guesses on the manufacturer and era? I'll see if there are pot codes once I get into the electronics.
     
  6. Strat62

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    Oh Hell, that's gorgeous! I hope there's a real truss rod somewhere-either that or the neck's straight as a string. The way that looks it can't help but sound wonderful.;)
     
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    you lucky dog,looks awsome cant wait to see what was the probleme...lol
     
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    Wow...I wish I could find an "unrepairable" guitar like that... :eek:
     
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    Too cool. Working on hollow bodies can be a pain, but hopefully it's something simple.
     
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    Wow that looks cool!
     
  11. 62 Jazzmaster

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    I've got the strings slacked off in those pics, but tuned to pitch there is a lot of relief.

    There is a truss rod adjustment at the end of the neck, under the fingerboard. You can see some Allen key rash near the D string where someone fiddled with it.

    Going by how the strings are wound on backwards, there's a good chance he put too much relief into the neck. I hope that I can tame it, otherwise this might have to become a slide guitar.

    That's for sure! It's a bit like building a ship inside a bottle.
    I've done a few hollow body repairs, but any tips are welcome.

    All the way driving to his place I was sweating that I'd be beat out by someone living closer. Thankfully, he was a stand-up guy and didn't turn it into an auction once his 'phone started ringing off the hook.

    I can tell you that I was one happy camper on the drive home. At every stop light I'd gaze at it and thank my lucky stars for finally being at the right place at the right time. I know too well how it feels to be the guy who just missed out on a great GAS deal.

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    Does anyone recognize these pups?
     
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    I once had a Burns copy; a "Montclair" with those same pickups in it. They can be pretty cool sounding.
     
  13. 62 Jazzmaster

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    thanks for the tip! A little googling for "Montclair Burns copy" found this.
     
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    Man you got lucky!! That's a sweet looking guitar. Very Gretsch-y body shape and it looks to be in very good condition. I'll bet you get it up and running easily and I bet it sounds great. Nice work.
     
  15. 62 Jazzmaster

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    Ok, I found the problem!

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    Someone obviously attempted a repair before me. The red & black wires aren't stock and both pup leads were disconnected. The pups should be OK, they read about 4.9K. I expect they'll be jangly.

    I found some helpful instruction videos on Planet Z.com and have all the guts out now.

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    Well, I got it back together and there's an issue that I missed.

    There must be a ground fault or short somewhere as it squeals over a loud hum in one of the switch positions.

    I'll take it apart again and go over it more carefully, inspecting every component and wiring point.
     
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    Yep! That's the animal; it became wall art(broken truss rod) after I was done with it for slide and then one day I saw it sitting in the dumpster outside. I pulled the neck off it and let the rest go. I should have done just the opposite. I'm rather shocked to see that listed as an Ibanez model, because the quality just isn't there, and make no mistake about it; that's the one I had. I'm pretty sure it's a Teisco. That neck is now mated with an old Silvertone plywood body and pup, plus a set of goldfoils from a long gone Audition triple pickup model. Sweet to nasty slide tones!
     

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    COngrats on a killer score,

    what a fun guitar!
     
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    Very cool! Hope you get it sorted out
     
  20. 62 Jazzmaster

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    I gave the circuit a thorough inspection and found several issues: a "hot" wire melted through and the touching ground wire; strands of wires contacting other wires; the ground wiring was incomplete and a few 'cold' solder connections that were intermittent.

    I re-did every connection and wired up a new ground path.

    It now works (though it still needs a set-up), it sounds pretty cool.

    Not nearly as jangly as I expected. It has a mix of tones that will get you from Jazz to Blues, early Rock & Roll to maybe even Surf.
     
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