'69 SG Special refin. complete.

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  1. MauritsP

    MauritsP Member

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    Some months ago I bought a nice SG Special which needed some work done on it, most obviously a refin. And here's the final product.
    Enjoy.

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    Actual colour is closest to that in the last pic.

    And here's what it looked like when I got it.
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    Lovely thin-looking finish! Nice work, M.
    What exactly did the guitar start life as? Special with humbuckers? But with binding? *scratches head*
     
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    Here's the skinny on it:
    Rob (Lexie) bought it from luthier Andy Guyton (who got it as payment for some refins for a customer of his) with Brew in mind. He didn't have time to do anything with it, after which he sold it to me.
    It doesn't look like the pickups cavities were routed at all, but they do fit both P90's and humbuckers. At one point it had a TOM bridge on it, because of which I had to plug those holes and redrill for a wraparound which it would have originally had. Binding around the fretboard is standard on Specials I believe. The pickguard it came with was for P90 in the neck and humbucker in the bridge but I choose to put in 2 p90's and had to make a new guard for it.
    And the great part is that it has no crack by the headstock or heel, which is quite uncommon.
     
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    You know what Maurits? All you have to do now is take a shedload of hallucinogenic drugs and hey presto you are Carlos at Woodstock! A-one two three, "oye como va"

    ps and as you pointed out somewhere else, put the strap button on it!
     
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    No worries David, it's on now ;)

    I've mostly been playing Who stuff since yesterday, but I must give Carlos a try (and not smash this beauty).
     
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    Nice SG mate.
     
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    NICE!!!

    I like restoring guitars back to original that were left for dead.
     
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    beautiful job on that one. I love the Who and that guitar just says Pete to me. I bet it would be a blast to crank it up on a hiwatt and let it rip to my generation at full gain!
     
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    Took some better pics earlier today. It's true colour comes out a wee bit better.
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    Cheers Brad. The Townshend Special does look mighty fine and not unlike my own.
    The only major difference is the 'MADE IN USA' stamp on the headstock (as far as I can tell, but I'm no expert), and the price. I paid less for mine than that Signature costs :)
     
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    Beautiful job, nice refinish. Did you rewire? Any unexpected problems? I really like the job you did.
     
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    I did rewire the whole thing. Put Gibson P90's in it and used CTS pots and Switchcraft jack and toggle. There were some setbacks (luckily none too serious). Having ignored the age old 'measure twice, cut once' rule the holes for the bridge were drilled in the wrong place so those needed to be filled and redrilled. While doing that we also drilled and plugged the holes for the strapbuttons which seemed to have grown a bit through the years. Also there was a crack running from the hole for the output jack to the side of the body. Luckily we managed to drill holes into the crack from inside the control cavity and injected a fair amount of glue. All in all is was quite an easy job, a nice learning experience and most importantly I got a great guitar out of it.

    And welcome to ETSG njpaulc.
     
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    sweet! i love p90s SGs

    great job!
     
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    Looks great...how does it play?
     
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    Maurits... what a fantastic job you have done, there! far better than I could have done...

    You did it proud.... beautiful guitar
     

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