Vintage Frankensguar project

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Axolotl
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Vintage Frankensguar project

Post by Axolotl » Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:13 am

After replacing the ol mangled neck of my 65 Jaguar for a 65 Mustang slab neck I got the idea of building a mostly original 65-66 Partsguar. Once GAS hit hard enough, I started hunting for parts. I've got on ebay a vintage body with several layers of paint. It came with the original tremolo, hardware, shielding plates and some wiring. I got a hefty discount on the body once forum member Will told me that it he had repaired a crack in this body a few years back. So thanks to will I got it on the "pretty good deal" realm :w00t: All this was a few months ago, the body got sent to my friend in the US who brought it to my country just yesterday. So here it is, with the aforementioned mangled Jag neck for a mockup (the neck is a 65 slab musicmaster neck that I'll be getting in the next few weeks):

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From what I gather, tremolo, shielding plates and knobs are original. Not sure about the control plates although they do look worn. Pots and switches are newer, neatly soldered. Wiring is clothed but looks too new to be original.

Body is kinda of a beautiful mess. The belly cut is a dead ringer for my 65 JM and Jag, so I'm fairly sure is from this era. Ht re-re-re-refinish is a ordinary goopy red that is definitely not nitro but doesn't feel like poly either. It feels somehow "waxy"? Maybe polyester? And there are about 8 layers of paint underneath! :wtf: At least, if it was painted so many times over, the body wasn't sanded probably more than once. The shapes look really nice.
I wet sanded a small spot until I got through the wood and counted 9 layers! Red, black, grey, orange sparklish/metallic (looks nice!), brown, gold, black, red and brownish.

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This body was going to be refinished without question, but then again, that orange metallic does look very nice in person. It's close to a very faded Candy Apple Red. I might try to sand it down to this layer first. It also looks like the thickest layer and will probably hold up alright. Other than that, I'm entertaining a burgundy mist, IBM or greened LPB refin.

As the rest of the parts, in about month I should get together with a vintage tort guard, a 64 neck pickup I bought from a fellow forumite and a 65 slab musicmaster neck. The tuners will be donated by the Jag mangled neck. Still a bridge pickup and neckplate to go. I will be posting here as this 60s Frankenguar project progresses.

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Re: Vintage Frankensguar project

Post by SummerLeftMe » Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:36 am

Any update on this project? I'd love to see where this goes.

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Re: Vintage Frankensguar project

Post by Axolotl » Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:46 am

SummerLeftMe wrote:
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:36 am
Any update on this project? I'd love to see where this goes.
I'm hoping to get all the other parts sometime this month. Pretty sure I'll give the orange sparkle layer a go though. I should start sanding it soon but life. I'll post pics and progress as soon as I get to it. I can hardly wait!

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Re: Vintage Frankensguar project

Post by jvin248 » Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:24 pm

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9 layers of finish!
I have a Tele I bought that the body must have been the Fender paint shop spray booth setup piece that accidentally got shipped. I counted 13 layers of actual factory coating. Weighs 9lbs with all that paint.

You'll have a fun project here.

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