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Peegoo
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Apr 5th, 2019 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought this V new in 2009; it is a Faded series V; "worn cherry" red stain over mahogany.

At the same time I also ordered a few cans of fiesta red nitro from Reranch; my intent was to shoot a refin on it because I wanted a red V and Gibson was not making red ones at that point in their history.

I never got around to shooting the color on it until this past week, when I found the spray bombs on a dusty shelf.

The original finish was a bit too dark for me. This fiesta red (a Fender color, actually), looks good on Vs, Explorers, SGs, and Juniors because it's not a bright red color; it's like tomato soup. But it's quite a bit brighter than the transparent cherry stain (more like brick red) over mahogany that shows the wood beneath.

In addition to the refin, I replaced the snot-green tuners with white buttons. The green buttons are completely out of place on this V because there are no matching fretboard inlays as on a Les Paul. I think the white buttons look a lot better on it because they match the scratch plate.

Also did a fret dress and polish. The pickups are Stew Mac Parsons Street humbuckers. This V is extremely light in weight and sounds really good.

Pics here

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Apr 5th, 2019 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

I should try the secret screw method on my SG.


Very nice work, brother.



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Apr 5th, 2019 12:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, man.

Good eye! There are several ways to attach that 3rd screw. The easiest is to scavenge an old humbucker base plate and use tin snips to trim out one of the ears. Solder that to the center of the pickup's base plate so the little threaded hole is 1/4" to 3/8" from the edge of the pickup's base plate.

This makes a typical two-screw mounted humbucker adjustable for tilt just like a Telecaster's bridge pickup.

If you look closely at the 2nd pic (front of the V), you can see a little 5/8" hole I drilled (Forstner bit) at the bottom center of the neck pickup's rout. That allows room for the third pickup ear and the screw/spring through the scratch plate.

Doing something like this on a Les Paul would be possible, but not as easy.

But on your SG with a scratch plate surrounding the pickups, it's a cinch.

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Apr 5th, 2019 12:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's assembled and rocking loud and proud.

The Flying Tomato: I need to slap a V8 Vegetable Juice label on there!.

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Apr 5th, 2019 02:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

A well and tastefully executed endeavor. I'm a big fan of Reranch.

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Apr 5th, 2019 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice!

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Apr 5th, 2019 02:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Lovely work although I think you should add a couple strings before you put the V8 sticker on it. Mandolin style not death metal.

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Apr 5th, 2019 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I could see undertaking this, at some point, on my brown faded SG. I didn’t exactly buy it for the color. It is a great guitar for the price, though. I’m guessing that’s why it was so cheap. The color is sort of like a rough-hewn turd.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 05:45 PM, Apr 5th, 2019)

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Apr 5th, 2019 04:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

Noice!

I don't think I'm a "V-man" but I appreciate great work and innovative problem solving. (3rd screw idea)

You continue to inspire!


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Apr 5th, 2019 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cheers, y'all!

"I’m guessing that’s why it was so cheap."

They save a bunch on production costs by not leveling the finish and not giving it a mirror shine.

You can do all that yourself. And no need to remove the existing finish...just scuff it up and clean it well to remove all dust. The new nitro will melt into the existing finish and it will be rock solid.


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Apr 5th, 2019 04:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was referring to the turd-like color. It couldn’t have been a big seller.

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Apr 5th, 2019 05:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh, yeah...these were available in "faded cherry" and "faded poo."



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Apr 5th, 2019 05:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve got a faded cherry SG (much like your V) and it’s fine. Yes, brick red is a good description.

The poo-colored one was just a good deal. It was a NOS 2017. Hey! Someone has to take pity on the ugly ones.

My wife did.

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Apr 6th, 2019 08:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

That is gorgeous- well done!!!

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Apr 6th, 2019 10:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Tinkerer!

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