Removing Page Tele Mirrors

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  1. Cicada Nation

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    Man. Phil Lynott had the right idea. He put a removable pickguard mirror on his P Bass.
     
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  2. Dan German

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    Play it all knight long?
     
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  3. Catatafish

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    Yeah I'm pretty sure before the '79 Knebworth tour he replaced the '53 tele maple neck with the rosewood from his dragon. There's a great version of him playing 10 Years Gone with it. I still go crazy trying to figure out in the very beginning how he does that weird country sounding bend variation. One of my favorite videos and versions of that tune.
     
  4. nojazzhere

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    That's a "bender" on that guitar.....probably a B-Bender.
     
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  5. milocj

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    Maybe someone will have better luck with this than I did: they told me that once the warranty was verified by one of their repair centers they would then instruct the center how to remove them. I'm not sure that I would trust most places to do that over doing it myself.

    Mine has three or four of the mirrors on it that were put on by the selling store and then could sell it as a demo or used to get around the MAP rules. I'd rather it didn't have them (and will at some point attempt removal) but for about $1000 less than. MSRP I'm not too bent out of shape with it.

    I think what may be the biggest issue is that the 3M adhesive is directly on the back of the mirrors and extremely thin. That'll make it tough to get beneath to start getting some heat or Naphtha under them. I've seen one attempt at removing them and it looks like it left a depression of the mirrors' edges by the mirror sinking in on the opposite side of where the person was prying from. Either that or they had really pushed them on hard when they installed them.
     
  6. cyclopean

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    nah i can think of worse.

    shoot them. burn them off. throw the guitar off a cliff.
     
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  7. cyclopean

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    gentrify the dragon away.
     
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    I would use a combo of heat gun, fishing line and goo-gone
     
  9. DrBeezus

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    Here's what they look like. I haven't put them on either:

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Sea Devil

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    I would avoid using a heat gun. 3M states that 200MP adhesive is resistant to heat up to 400 degrees.

    3M makes a "general purpose adhesive cleaner" and an "adhesive remover." The latter is supposed to be safe for all automotive finishes. Find out what kind of paint is on the guitar and contact 3M for advice on whether one of those products would work. Their adhesives are no joke, and I wouldn't trust anything other than their own products to remove them effectively.
     
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  11. PCollen

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    Who needs mirrors on the face of your guitar, when you can have an iPAD :

     
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    My 2c is
    To play Jimmy one must just think like Jimmy grasshopper.
    1. Rip them mirrors off,
    2. sand the body down
    3. drop some acid and
    4. paint a red and green dragon on your trusty steed

    All sorted :lol:
     
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  13. RadioFM74

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    … man, that’s hideous :lol:… and Billy again teaches us a lesson in “economy of means”… what a player!

    OT over.

    I think that the best advice has been given: tell the shop “I buy if you remove cleanly”, or ask 3M (that’s very good advice… they should know!), or ask Fender.

    And if nothing avails, try to lower the price so much that in the worse case, you could still have it professionally refinished in the color of your choice and still come out on top.
     
  14. BlueGillGreg

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    Have you considered stripping it and doing a custom paint job?
     
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    <----- great idea, how about something like this
     
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    What would that cost, and why should the buyer pay for it ?
     
  17. Fretting out

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    The buyer should have to pay for it if they bought a guitar they didn’t like the look of and had no idea what to do with it

    No ones forcing anyone to buy a guitar

    The easy solution is save up a little more and buy one of the many on the used market without flaws
     
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  18. PCollen

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    TRUE..but the OP stated that the purchase was pending. It always helps to read the OP to avoid responding to tangential discussions.
     
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    If you just rip those suckers off, that'll relic the guitar. Then it should be worth more money, right?
     
  20. TwangerWannabe

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    Thats probably why it's for sale at "a very decent price". If the price is that great I'd buy it and take it to a reputable shop and have them remove them. I bet if you really took your time and used something like Lighter Fluid/Naptha and dental floss you could get them off. I've used this technique several times to remove pickguards from acoustic guitars and have never had an issuse, never damaged the finish or pulled off any finish, etc. You may get a tan line around the area because it's been covered while the rest of the guitar has been exposed to UV light, the caveat being the longer the object has been there and how the guitar has been stored can determine how much or how little discoloration you'll get.

    Use a hairdryer on the LOW setting to just lightly warm the area and soak the dental floss in the Naptha and go very slow. once you get an edge going the rest comes off pretty easily. After you get off all the adhesive you can polish up the guitar. For any minor finish blemishes you can use Meguiar's Scratch-X 2.0. It's safe on both nitro and poly finishes and can buff up the finish with a great shine.
     
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