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BroncoBill



USA

'She ain't no hand-me- down' B.L.J.
Aug 18th, 2011 01:24 PM        

Yesterday I scored a 1961 Duo-Sonic. Haven't had a D.S. in more than 20 years (that one was a '65 D.S.II). It was a crap shoot purchase. I bought it online with hardly any photos, hoping for the best, but I"m a sucker for Pre CBS anything at a price. I knew it was an unbelievably ugly refin, and I didn't know what else would be original under the hood or hardware-wise. Before I even cut the packing tape and opened the box, I could smell the funk. It must have been stored in a damp basement/storage locker, or worse, for decades. You know that smell? It's the kind you can't make go away. Horrible. I popped the (orig!) case and not only was the body painted in gobs of an ugly blue poly but, on top of that, it was covered in another 'decorative' layer of glow-in-the-dark paint. That glow in the dark paint was also slathered across every fret, clay dot on the fretboard and down the sides like a faux binding. That poor Brazilian Rosewood board! The glow in the dark paint is also all over the (cracked) pickguard. Arrgh. Rust/mold/tarnish was everywhere... on every metal bit. The tuner shells and posts were covered in some weird green mold/tarnish. The headstock looks like it's got mold growing on (or in?) the lacquer. I might have been really bummed, but when I pulled out the tools and broke it down, every piece is still original. No one had stripped out the electronics. They are totally untouched. Tuners have never been off. Old tape still on the wires. Amazing, since many bits (pots,pups etc.) can go straight across to Strats ($$$). Pots are numbered 304 6135. Those old Pre "L" series neckplates got for big bucks, too. It's missing one knob, which is the same as the early 60s Tele knobs, so I might sell the remaining knob to help fund the project and get a set of repros. I was up late last night getting started. All the metal bits slept in naptha and oil and got a little rubdown this morning, the body has had two passes of stripper, and I've been carefully scraping away at the neck. The ReRanch "Desert Tan '59" nitro and finishing products are ordered. Incense is burning inside the case. This is going to be fun.



JerseyJettFan



USA

JerseyJettFan
Aug 18th, 2011 06:29 PM        

Nice score ! I hate free-love, counter-culture hippies they destroy everything they touch which is apparent in this case just look at what has befallen this classic Fender guitar.



tiller2

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USA

Aug 18th, 2011 08:29 PM        

I'm pulling up my rocker, BB. I don't want to miss this trainwre..., I mean, rescue story!



Peegoo

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Aug 20th, 2011 12:32 PM        

Nice! <br /> <br /> I particularly like how the "hippie hope philosophy" has extended to the pickguard without any screws to keep it attached to the body.<br /> <br /> DAMN! They was RIGHT!



BroncoBill



USA

'She ain't no hand-me- down' B.L.J.
Aug 31st, 2011 01:30 PM        

Things are coming along on the Duo. I can't believe how well the metal bits cleaned up. They weren't too corroded, just covered in rust and mildew. After the naptha/oil bath and steel wool, most bits look brand new. I (finally) got all the paint and goo off the body. It's a one-piece, which is cool. Getting the Glow-in-the-Dark stuff was really hard on the neck, but now the dark Rosewood slab is looking good. The headstock had that kind of fungus in the finish like you get in old camera lenses that are stored in wet basements...and it stinks! I just hit it endlessly with McGuiers and elbow grease and got it all out. The pickguard was a nightmare, plus it is cracked in several places at the input jack. Lots of 600/800/1000 grit and now it's looking good...but when I turn off the lights I can still see Glow-in-the-Dark in the cracks. Kinda funny. I'm not going 'relic' or whatever on this one. I'm going to try and make it clean/stock. I ordered my finishing supplies from RR. I'm going with the Desert Tan '59 paint, even though it may have been SiennaBurst over Tan originally and finish with a little tinted clear for a halo on around the pickguard and bridge plate. I've been using lots of incense and Lysol in the case, but I don't know if I'll ever get the funk out. More to follow...



BroncoBill



USA

'She ain't no hand-me- down' B.L.J.
Sep 1st, 2011 11:25 AM        

Cleaning up the '61 Duo...



BroncoBill



USA

'She ain't no hand-me- down' B.L.J.
Sep 1st, 2011 11:26 AM        

The bridge after rust and mold removal...



BroncoBill



USA

'She ain't no hand-me- down' B.L.J.
Sep 1st, 2011 11:28 AM        

The neck after funk and Glow-in-the-dark paint has been removed.



barry.b

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australia

Sep 1st, 2011 05:17 PM        

keep going, keep going. <br /> <br /> this is fun/interesting to see this unfold. Good on you for breathing new life into your DS.<br /> <br /> it reminds me of a vintage Jaguar I saw with a lovely Jesus mural on the back (amongst other silliness) ... umm'ing and ahh'ing on whether to get rid of it or not. At least this DS silliness is straighforward to decide on.



BroncoBill



USA

'She ain't no hand-me- down' B.L.J.
Sep 2nd, 2011 07:13 PM        

The Reranch package arrived with the Primer, '59 Tan and Clears! Sand and Sealer applied. Hopefully I'll be through the primer stage by the end of the weekend. Woohoo.



BroncoBill



USA

'She ain't no hand-me- down' B.L.J.
Sep 2nd, 2011 10:51 PM        





BroncoBill



USA

'She ain't no hand-me- down' B.L.J.
Sep 4th, 2011 10:35 PM        





BroncoBill



USA

'She ain't no hand-me- down' B.L.J.
Sep 4th, 2011 10:40 PM        

Sorry for the crappy phone pic.



Peegoo

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Sep 5th, 2011 04:48 PM        

Hey...nice. You're bringing an iconic guitar (that a lot of famous people started with) back to life. <br /> <br /> There is a special place in heaven for you!



BroncoBill



USA

'She ain't no hand-me- down' B.L.J.
Sep 18th, 2011 08:52 PM        

I went a little crazy with the RR ambered clear for the 'sunburn' of the pickguard, bridge and neckplate. I toned it down a bit with some light sanding and now I'm on to clear coats. I used about 1/8 of a can of RR ambered clear and about 2/3rds of a can of RR plain clear. I'll finish up the can and let it sit for a month and see how it cuts and buffs. Fun Pre CBS Fender project for very few $$$. Pics coming soon.



JerseyJettFan



USA

JerseyJettFan
Sep 19th, 2011 03:49 PM        

It's coming along nicely, great job! I can't wait to see the finished product.



Stratotron



USA

Sep 23rd, 2011 01:47 PM        

I needed a pick-me-up this week, and seriously, this may be one fo the best threads I have ever read. Can't wait to see the next installment.<br /> <br /> Thank you,<br /> Strato<br />



BroncoBill



USA

'She ain't no hand-me- down' B.L.J.
Sep 23rd, 2011 05:23 PM        

Thanks for the encouragement, all. This has been fun. I can't believe the body is a one piece. I thought all these 'student' guitars were multi-piece bodies. It's been really, REALLY humid here, so I've been taking my time on the clear coats. Finally done. I'll let it hang for another few weeks and then get to buffing. It really did turn out a lot more yellow than I was going for, but it's growing on me. We'll see how much of the amber color remains after sanding and polishing. I did a coat of amber between every few coats of clear, hoping when I sand it the finish will have sort of an aged mottled look. You never know 'til you try, right?



BroncoBill



USA

'She ain't no hand-me- down' B.L.J.
Oct 7th, 2011 11:51 AM        

Here's a mockup before final sanding. It's sitting on top of my old Mustang case. The amber clear over the '59 Tan came out pretty yellow, but it looks cool. Can't wait to polish it and put it back together.



RMosack

Contributing Member

USA

Go Buckeyes!
Oct 18th, 2011 03:18 PM        

Looking forward to this one being done.



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