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'79 4001 RESURRECTION
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Author:  johnallg [ Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:36 am ]
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Totally wonderous! Beautiful binding job. I'm also drooling and looking askand at my Mapleglo.... :D

Out of curiosity, why is DOT and insurance carriers hard on celluloid binding?

Author:  johnallg [ Mon Mar 27, 2006 7:54 am ]
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Quote:
Totally wonderous! Beautiful binding job. I'm also drooling and looking askand at my Mapleglo.... :D

Out of curiosity, why is DOT and insurance carriers hard on celluloid binding?


Ok, so I can't spell askance!!

Author:  jingle_jangle [ Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:37 am ]
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Thanks for the good vibes!

Celluloid binding is also known as cellulose nitrate. It is the same stuff as old film stock. Very unstable as it oxidizes. It's incredibly flammable, and the shavings from it are literally explosive. It's chemically sensitive to hundreds of substances.

Interestingly, it's a close relative of nitrocellulose, the stuff they finish some guitars with.

Author:  johnallg [ Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:17 am ]
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Thanks for clearing that up. And hurry up and get that bass finished so we can all live vicariously through pictures of your expertise! :D

Author:  jingle_jangle [ Tue Mar 28, 2006 9:38 pm ]
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Forgot to comment on the bleaching process. It's a two-part deal. Highly toxic, BTW, and does give off some ammonia-type fumes. I do it in the spray booth with the fan on, and I wear a half-face respirator with an organic vapor (purple) cartridge.

Part "A" is sodium hydroxide, and "B" is hydrogen peroxide. You brush on some "A", wait a couple of minutes, and brush on some "B". It'll foam slightly, and you can usually watch the foam draw the dirt out--especially on end grain. After you're satisfied that most of the dirt is out, rinse off the foam, brush on a coat of vinegar to neutralize the bleach, and rinse again.

Then a day's worth of drying or more. Sand the softened, raised top surface off, and reveal nice new wood beneath.

This really bleaches some woods, but on light maple, the effects are not too dramatic. It took three applications to get rid of the spiders on this bass.


Author:  jingle_jangle [ Sat Apr 08, 2006 9:54 pm ]
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Final shots on the back deck, between thunderstorms. I also took the opportunity to pose the bass with its similarly-styled guitar cousin, Melissa's 481 slant-fret, which I had just finished in Blueburst the week before and was still getting set up. It's seldom that I have two just-completed projects in-house at the same time!

I also posed the bass with my own '99 FG 1997, which is slated for a redo itself, as soon as the '60 Capri is completed.

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h146/ ... gle/h1.jpg
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h146/ ... gle/h4.jpg
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h146/ ... gle/h8.jpg
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h146/ ... gle/h2.jpg
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h146/ ... gle/h7.jpg
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h146/ ... gle/h6.jpg
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h146/ ... gle/h3.jpg
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h146/ ... le/am2.jpg
http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h146/ ... le/am1.jpg

...and one more shot of some FG headstocks. Can anyone guess the model numbers of the guitars to which these headstocks belong?

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h146/ ... 4heads.jpg

Author:  cmuk [ Sat Apr 08, 2006 11:09 pm ]
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Fantastic work, as always!

It's like you're growing those FGs in a big plant pot!

My guess for the headstocks (L-R): 1997, 360v64/12, 360 (or WB or 370), and your recent 4001->4003 restoration.

Am I close?


Author:  Melibee [ Sun Apr 09, 2006 3:22 am ]
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Paul, fantastic work, as always.... LOVELY! :) Nice to see my 481 in there, too! :)

Author:  johnallg [ Sun Apr 09, 2006 5:33 am ]
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Paul - wonderful! One would never guess the way it looked when it came to you. Awe inspiring.

Makes me want to find an old beater 4001 and send it to SF! Hey, about 6 months ago there was a 78 at our local GC sold to this drunk who took it home on a Friday and Saturday night at his party he threw tried to do a flip while playing it and managed to break the neck off....

Author:  ThorntonDavis [ Sun Apr 09, 2006 6:29 am ]
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Paul, can you give us a ballpark figure on what one would expect to pay to have their instrument resurrected like this? Give or take one hundred dollars.

Beautiful work!!

TD

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