MatthewK wrote:Have you considered taking off the fretboard and routing for some maple inserts either side of the truss rod? Could be invisible once the board is back on.
EVOL! wrote:As far as aging white plastic parts, my friend used to soak his in brewed espresso. Aged them nicely.
WonderCouncil wrote:This is awesome and really interesting. Looks like good work. I'm fascinated by all the different ways people come up with for fixing a neck break. Seems like it's going to be a solid solution.
I recently missed out on scoring a blue Spartan with a competition stripe. The colors looks really similar to Fenders Maui Blue. Looked to be in great shape too. Ever since this thread I've been on the look out for one.
Sorry not to hijack the thread.
Your Spartan's tremolo cavity goes all the way through the body right? Looks like it from the picture. The blue one had a pickguard cover plate over the back, where the route would be at. Just was curious if yours is like that too.
antisymmetric wrote:Looking good! FWIW, here is a link to a recent neck repair of mine. I'm not familiar with the birch in the neck you're fixing, but if it's possibly a bit soft and there's a possibility that with a smaller washer the adjuster might compress into the neck, this fix might help. The neck I was working on was quite soft (didn't originally have a truss rod) and I was worried about compression from the adjuster pushing it under the end of the fingerboard, so I had the rod compressing onto carbon fibre rods (which add stiffness to the neck anyway).
Enjoying your thread, cool project and methods.
Sound for Sandwiches wrote:Thanks... yeah I saw that spartan on ebay too. the comp stripe I doubt is original and I wonder if it was a total refin. I do like the color though. Looks like a strat PU in the neck. I'm still hoping someone with a mustang can give me the length and width dimensions of the pickups so I can see if they will fit in my pickguard without modding it.
yes the trem cavity goes all the way through on mine. I can't really see why they did this, other than there's an adjustment screw to keep the trem arm from freely swinging, that's accessible from the back. It's a shame they couldn't think of another way to design this to avoid having another plate on the back and a whole chunk of wood routed out of the body. In general I don't like the design of the arm collet on this trem and I am considering machining a new one that would accept an unthreaded, JM style arm.
WonderCouncil wrote:If it helps you I have a set of 69' RI Mustang pickups. the width is like .75" or just a smidgen under and the length looks to be 4" from mounting hole to mounting hole with the top length (part sticking out of the the pickupguard" at 3.75". Hopefully that made sense and might help. If I had my camera I'd snap some pictures of it against the ruler.
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