Dead G-400 for $20...

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  1. weemac

    weemac Active Member

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    I found this messed up Samick made Epi G-400 in a shop yesterday for $20
    It has the standard jack socket breakout and popped headstock..
    It also features the 66 onwards neck join and it is well executed..
    The body seems to be 3 pieces of that stuff that looks like mahogany but isn't..
    Oddly enough I have about half the required bits floating around so it shouldn't cost too much to get it singing again..
    I have in my larder:
    Wilburn custom shop p-90s in Humbucker shape (these are indeed rebranded Kent Armstrongs)
    Gotoh kluson style machines and tailpiece..
    I'll need to buy the plastic parts (I'll make some of it) plus a bridge..
    I'll also source the right screws to hold it all together..

    As odd as it is, every electric guitar I own has some sort of p-90 variant installed and this one will too. Am I addicted?

    I have the neck in clamps right now..

    Eden.
     

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    hey there, potentially a cool find there. I refinished and rescued a Epi LP I got from a friend for a bottle of whisky. I started out as a clown burst with a cracked neck and went on to become a stained mahog finish with all all new guts and pups. But the more I looked at it it just wasn't me, so I sprayed it flat black but kept the centre contour on the body the stained "cabernet" colour. Looks awesome, plays great and I saved it from a life of buried in a closet. Have fun!
     
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    What's going on here?
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    Ah! Starting to make sense..
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    Levelled and grain filler/stain waiting to dry and be sanded back..

    This is a quick repair but if the guitar ever gets refinished the work I've done will be sound..

    Eden.
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    looking good... a very interesting project.
    cain't wait to see more.
     
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    Here's a larger pic of the mess..
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    Eden.
     
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    And now with nitrocellulose over the top of the filler to seal it a bit before the colour goes on.

    Eden.
     

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    Looking good - I like to see guitar carcasses brought back to life.
     
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    Nice find Eden. Good to see another SG saved from the scrapheap! :dude:
     
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    Some colour courtesy of Natio nail polish..
    Eden.
     

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    Nice job so far!
     
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    Sounds like a fun project to me, keep up the good work. ENJOY!!!
     
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    Leveled again and some clear nitro on top. (I didn't get this on to evenly so it's going to be trick to get it looking passable)
    Nitrocellulose is smelly...
    Eden.
     

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    Ok, I bungled the clear coats and they got a milky bloom in them.
    So I rubbed back to the colour and then just used more colour this time as I felt it could have been darker..
    Now waiting to harden before leveling and polish..

    Eden.
     

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    how did you match the color so well? mix it or did you just get lucky?
     
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    I just got lucky with the colour.
    Here it is finished..
    Believe me it won't fool anyone for a second but I captured it at the right angle here.. In real life it looks fairly crude..
    I can't paint to save my life and prefer the wood working end of repair..

    Anyhow, I'm now have the waiting for parts bit of the project. And I can continue with a fret dress and perhaps some plastic parts making..

    Eden.
     

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    Looks good enough for me!
     
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    And here it is in its knocked about glory.

    I went for cream pickup rings to sit better with the gold knobs (that I have heaps of)
    In feel and vibe it sits in between my 66 and 92 juniors..
    The neck is very strong after the break and the truss rod works very well.
    I reused the original pots but one was very scratchy so I replaced it with a switching pot of the right value. With the switch I added a capacitor on the neck pickup that cuts the bass a bit, it also gives a half out of phase sound when both pickups are on, it can mimic some of those funky l6s sounds if wanted..
    The Wilburn pickups (kent Armstrongs) sound like they should and I can mimic my junior SGs well enough..

    In the end it cost me around $70 all up but can hold its own with anything out there...

    It still has the plastic on the pickguard, tenon cover and control cover. (I made those bits)

    I'll give it a workout at the session this afternoon..

    Eden.
     

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    Nice work Eden! Love it!
     

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