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 Post subject: Chrome corruption
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:11 am 
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I bought my 4001 in 71(it was a little hazy back then) and hate to admit it but did not take the best of care of this fine instrument. I've played the frets flat, some of the paint is worn off the neck, but what I would like to fix is the chrome parts that are kind of bubbly. Do I send them back to the factory and have them re-chromed?


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 Post subject: Re: Chrome corruption
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 6:28 am 
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We don't do that type of work but you may be able to find a shop locally that will do a small job like this. Shops that deal with automotive restoration, like bumpers, are typically equipped to do small batch jobs.

Back in that era, it would have been hexavalent chrome but it's likely you'll have to settle for trivalent as most shops that do hex have closed or stopped the process. This is unfortunate because the parts themselves are die-cast zinc which requires some extra steps with trivalent.


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 Post subject: Re: Chrome corruption
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:28 am 
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John,

Thank you for the reply. How could I verify the year? By the inputs on top it says LH and then on the bottom 764.


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 Post subject: Re: Chrome corruption
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John,

Thank you for the reply. How could I verify the year? By the inputs on top it says LH and then on the bottom 764.


I put it into the serial # decoder under the "service" tab up top and it said it was manufactured in August of 1972.


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 Post subject: Re: Chrome corruption
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 11, 2006 6:38 am 
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I have a good friend in Zeeland MI who is quite talented with metals and has done some fabulous work on guitar parts. If you'd like to contact him, his e-mail is: info@towersunlimited.com


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