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Re: NGD: 1972 Fender Thinline Project a.k.a. The Sparkle Survivor

Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:06 pm
by HarlowTheFish
FLOYD! FLOYD! FLOYD! FLOYD!

Seriously though, nobody would go through the trouble of putting in a Floyd, then replacing that with a six-screw trem, if it wasn't a great player. If you don't wanna deal with the locking nut, go for the non-fine-tuner variant like the Guthrie Govan signature, those are also great and you can keep them decked if you're not a huge trem person.

Re: NGD: 1972 Fender Thinline Project a.k.a. The Sparkle Survivor

Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:16 pm
by Veitchy
That's dynamite. I'd maybe look at plugging those holes on the back of the neck, but only if there was something amiss structurally or it interfered with my playing. Otherwise, I'd keep it as is. You can't buy mojo like that this has.

Re: NGD: 1972 Fender Thinline Project a.k.a. The Sparkle Survivor

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:30 am
by alvinstraight
sessylU wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:38 am
Restore it to its former glory. Get another Floyd Rose back on there, you coward.
Some day I will have built up the courage. Today is not that day...
HarlowTheFish wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 1:06 pm
FLOYD! FLOYD! FLOYD! FLOYD!

Seriously though, nobody would go through the trouble of putting in a Floyd, then replacing that with a six-screw trem, if it wasn't a great player. If you don't wanna deal with the locking nut, go for the non-fine-tuner variant like the Guthrie Govan signature, those are also great and you can keep them decked if you're not a huge trem person.
I think you might be right. Even with strings that had probably been left on there for 10 years, it felt vibey. Really curious what some new frets and nut will do to it!
Veitchy wrote:
Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:16 pm
That's dynamite. I'd maybe look at plugging those holes on the back of the neck, but only if there was something amiss structurally or it interfered with my playing. Otherwise, I'd keep it as is. You can't buy mojo like that this has.
Yeah, the holes will be plugged. They are so close to the headstock that you don't feel them when playing, and the neck is thick enough that I'm sure they do little to affect its structural integrity. But I also feel like the guitar deserves a little bit more restoration work. It will still carry the signs of having survived some rather invasive modifications, but I think getting that sorted will just make it feel even more enjoyable to pick up. And then later generations can complain about how millienials obsessed with restoring things based on some misdirected nostalgia for/fetishization of 1960s and early 70s aesthetics and consumer culture.

Re: NGD: 1972 Fender Thinline Project a.k.a. The Sparkle Survivor

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:44 am
by alvinstraight
Things are coming in and going out at an unprecedented pace at the moment, but it is hard to resist when new cool stuff pops up all the time. Found this amp yesterday that I feel will make up a pretty good rig together with the Thinline. 1971 (mostly at least, I find trying to date these things quite difficult) Super Reverb that is stock as far as I can tell and has been mostly in storage since the 1980s. With the small amp craze going on, these seem like such a good deal (until you get evicted, I guess).

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Re: NGD: 1972 Fender Thinline Project a.k.a. The Sparkle Survivor

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:14 am
by s_mcsleazy
alvinstraight wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:44 am
Things are coming in and going out at an unprecedented pace at the moment, but it is hard to resist when new cool stuff pops up all the time. Found this amp yesterday that I feel will make up a pretty good rig together with the Thinline. 1971 (mostly at least, I find trying to date these things quite difficult) Super Reverb that is stock as far as I can tell and has been mostly in storage since the 1980s. With the small amp craze going on, these seem like such a good deal (until you get evicted, I guess).

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that's the cleanest super i've ever seen

Re: NGD: 1972 Fender Thinline Project a.k.a. The Sparkle Survivor

Posted: Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:30 am
by Stratelejazzuar
Blue sparkle is HAWT!

Re: NGD: 1972 Fender Thinline Project a.k.a. The Sparkle Survivor

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:48 am
by alvinstraight
s_mcsleazy wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:14 am
alvinstraight wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 1:44 am
Things are coming in and going out at an unprecedented pace at the moment, but it is hard to resist when new cool stuff pops up all the time. Found this amp yesterday that I feel will make up a pretty good rig together with the Thinline. 1971 (mostly at least, I find trying to date these things quite difficult) Super Reverb that is stock as far as I can tell and has been mostly in storage since the 1980s. With the small amp craze going on, these seem like such a good deal (until you get evicted, I guess).

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that's the cleanest super i've ever seen
Definitely not mint but fairly clean. Only problem is you can't really go past 2 on the volume knob, and all the good stuff is supposed to be beyond 6 haha. But it still sounds great on low volume, so I'm happy.

Re: NGD: 1972 Fender Thinline Project a.k.a. The Sparkle Survivor

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:51 am
by s_mcsleazy
alvinstraight wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:48 am

Definitely not mint but fairly clean. Only problem is you can't really go past 2 on the volume knob, and all the good stuff is supposed to be beyond 6 haha. But it still sounds great on low volume, so I'm happy.
dude, i own a twin. it's all good stuff too loud

Re: NGD: 1972 Fender Thinline Project a.k.a. The Sparkle Survivor

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:20 am
by øøøøøøø
Wow!

this is exactly in my wheelhouse.

Save for the vibrato bridge mod and neck/headstock alterations, I think it's perfect

(full disclosure: I own a green sparkle refin '73 thinline, and a red sparkle "touring clone" is halfway built)

Re: NGD: 1972 Fender Thinline Project a.k.a. The Sparkle Survivor

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:00 am
by alvinstraight
øøøøøøø wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:20 am
Umm...

this is exactly in my wheelhouse.

Save for the vibrato bridge mod and neck/headstock alterations, I think it's perfect

(full disclosure: I own a green sparkle refin '73 thinline, and a red sparkle "touring clone" is halfway built)
ohhh, really wanna see that green sparkle!!

Re: NGD: 1972 Fender Thinline Project a.k.a. The Sparkle Survivor

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:04 pm
by øøøøøøø
alvinstraight wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:00 am
øøøøøøø wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:20 am
Umm...

this is exactly in my wheelhouse.

Save for the vibrato bridge mod and neck/headstock alterations, I think it's perfect

(full disclosure: I own a green sparkle refin '73 thinline, and a red sparkle "touring clone" is halfway built)
ohhh, really wanna see that green sparkle!!
I’m using it here

Re: NGD: 1972 Fender Thinline Project a.k.a. The Sparkle Survivor

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:11 am
by alvinstraight
øøøøøøø wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:04 pm
alvinstraight wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:00 am
øøøøøøø wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:20 am
Umm...

this is exactly in my wheelhouse.

Save for the vibrato bridge mod and neck/headstock alterations, I think it's perfect

(full disclosure: I own a green sparkle refin '73 thinline, and a red sparkle "touring clone" is halfway built)
ohhh, really wanna see that green sparkle!!
I’m using it here
Nice, and great playing! Hadn't checked out her solo stuff, but looks (and sounds) like an amazingly fun band to be in!

Re: NGD: 1972 Fender Thinline Project a.k.a. The Sparkle Survivor

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:24 am
by HorseyBoy
øøøøøøø wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:04 pm
I’m using it here
Is that Alex Chakour on the other guitar? Mask doesn't help but I recognise the Kay Speed Demon. Absolutely love that dude's playing. And you're no slouch either. ;D

Re: NGD: 1972 Fender Thinline Project a.k.a. The Sparkle Survivor

Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:59 am
by øøøøøøø
HorseyBoy wrote:
Fri Feb 26, 2021 2:24 am
øøøøøøø wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 6:04 pm
I’m using it here
Is that Alex Chakour on the other guitar? Mask doesn't help but I recognise the Kay Speed Demon. Absolutely love that dude's playing. And you're no slouch either. ;D
It is! Alex is awesome

Re: NGD: 1972 Fender Thinline Project a.k.a. The Sparkle Survivor

Posted: Fri Mar 05, 2021 8:21 am
by alvinstraight
Just got some photos from my luthier. Hadn't disassembled the guitar and checked before, so interesting to see what was there. Seems like a very early thinline II with a neck date of Nov 71. Original color Olympic White 😳


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Hopefully done soon!