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 Post subject: My 4001 project...
 Post Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 2:49 am 
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Finally finished cleaning up my '74 4001! This guitar was gifted to me by a relative who no longer plays. When I got it, it was definitely gig-worn.

Thanks to all who helped me locate parts and for help with how to restore the finish.

Here are some pics:

Before...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v152/ ... ure001.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v152/ ... ure002.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v152/ ... ure003.jpg

...and after.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v152/ ... ure004.jpg


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 Post subject: Re: My 4001 project...
 Post Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:27 am 
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Nicely done. How'd ya do it?


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 Post subject: Re: My 4001 project...
 Post Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 1:32 am 
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Excellent job! It looks like it went from a 4001 that you found in a dumpster to a beautiful brand new Rick.
Now keep it that way. Don't ever let it get all grimey and cruddy again!

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 Post subject: Re: My 4001 project...
 Post Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 2:52 am 
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Impressive Shaggy. Was that a Scratch-X/Zymol job? It looks fantastic now.


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 Post subject: Re: My 4001 project...
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Very, very nice! That's what I like to see!


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 Post subject: Re: My 4001 project...
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Was that a Scratch-X/Zymol job? It looks fantastic now.

I was wondering about that also.

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 Post subject: Re: My 4001 project...
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Thanks everyone. I'm glad you like it!

Yes, it was basically a Windex/Scratch-X/Zymol job. In fact, I followed Paul's instructions just about to the letter. (See thread "Prep for clean-up")

There was also some touch-up done to the pickups using gloss black enamel, and a little chrome polishing.

I had to repair the Grover tuners also, as they were starting to fall apart. It really required an arbor press, but not having one, I did it with a nail set and hammer. They're nice and tight now.

A couple other minor tweaks here and there and some small hardware replacement (pickguard screws, strap buttons, etc).

It was a bit of work, but worth it!


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It was a bit of work, but worth it!


Now THERE's the understatement of the day! Congrats!


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Beautiful FG burst pattern, Shaggy! Definitly worth the effort, and come to think of it, the price!


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Nice work. The trick with the nail set and hammer on the Grovers is one I use and works well.

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