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Author:  corsair [ Sat Jan 16, 2016 3:22 pm ]
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... yes, I know... I'm not to be trusted!

Anyway... Avenger AV325 for A$120 to my door could not be ignored, and here it is!

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Plans for this are a little vague presently, but a veneer and purple burst for the finish is likely at this point, and a hardware change if I can't replace the one tuner I ruined in the process of restoring it! I think I shall put P90s in this, while keeping the control layout as it is in case I want to go back to OEM.

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The neck had already been stripped down and I removed the frets as they were well worn, and I don't like skinny frets.

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My usual Avenger mod for the output jack...

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And this is how it arrived at my door... this lass can pack a guitar, eh! Apparently it was hers from new and wears it's many bruises and nicks proudly; it went through a few more family members before she got it back, decided to restore it, got a little way in before deciding that she was in over her head.

It is quite complete - knobs aside - though the finish is munted...

Bit of fun, really!!

Author:  The Chad [ Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:27 pm ]
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There you are John, a right resto case indeed! Well she landed in great hands with you at least!

:up: :)

Author:  corsair [ Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:27 pm ]
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Underway slowly and by degrees...

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bridge needs replating as it was gold. I hate gold hardware. :D

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all the filling and sanding of the dents and nicks is ongoing. Gee, that paint took some shifting... I use a butane burner in the end and got the job done right quick! :o

Plans for this are locking tuners, replated bridge, Kluson Fender string trees, P90s and a custom finish, perhaps, which could involve a veneer job and deep purple stain.

Author:  The Chad [ Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:51 pm ]
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Deep Purple finish? Cool, which album cover?

:D

Author:  corsair [ Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:33 am ]
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The Chad wrote:
Deep Purple finish? Cool, which album cover?

:D


If I did a DP record cover.... hmmmm.... I think it would have to be Machine Head, eh, but no - deep purple with lower case letters!!

Author:  The Chad [ Tue Jan 19, 2016 7:23 am ]
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:lol:

Make it worthy of Blackmore!

Author:  JackBaruth [ Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:30 pm ]
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Really looking forward to seeing how this one turns out!

Author:  slmguy [ Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:37 pm ]
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It has to be unvailed with a POOL SHOT! You know it. We expect it. Good luck and have fun with the build, I know you'll do it right. :wink:

Author:  The Chad [ Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:52 am ]
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Oh yeah, right on, the pool shot!!!

Author:  slmguy [ Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:10 pm ]
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My 2255 has the string thru bridge set up like that and I think thats what gives it such good tone. Like one huge tone block on a trem.

Author:  corsair [ Sat Mar 19, 2016 3:48 pm ]
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Rightio, gang...moving slowly along...

I've decided that I've been overthinking this one and have opted for a clear coat over the bare, rather scruffy looking wood.

Now, before y'all start wondering about my sanity and whether excommunication from these hallowed forums might be in order, let me explain...

1) I have done the veneer thing, the graphics thing and the original finish thing

2) This is to be my 'working' guitar

3) I cannot find a piece - or 3 pieces!! - of veneer that blow my skirt up at all!

4) I also cannot find purple wood stain that I like for love nor money, and lastly..

5) When I assembled the thing with it's new hardware to check for fit, I found I rather liked the way it looked... just nicely understated.
I rather like the butchers block construction, too, and think it should be shown off, even with the scorch marks etc.!

So... whaddya reckon?? It'll mean rather a lot of flatting back between coats as Hans reckons that the wood will just soak up the 2 pack clear in places, and almost reject it in others which means loads of thin coats. he'll blow the clear onto it when he's doing bike tins and I'll take it home and flat it off.

The headstock had been sanded before I got and the decal was gone, but Hans reckons when the clear goes on, the 'shadow' left by the decals should be, if not blindingly obvious, at least quite noticeable; cool!!

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Oh, I haven't sanded the board yet, or re-fretted!!

Author:  slmguy [ Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:47 pm ]
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Cool, remember when it's finished....... BY THE POOL! :wink:

Author:  corsair [ Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:17 pm ]
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As requested... by the pool!

Work done is tuner replacement - Gotoh lockers -, new string thru bridge, Kent Armstrong P90s and new Kluson string trees. The finish is the OEM paint taken back with a burner - that stuff is just SO thick! - and sanded dead-set smooth and a 2 pack clear over it as I found I really liked the way it looked... YMMV!! :wink: :hyper:
The neck is totally unfinished - sanded to 2000 grit and then 000 wire wool - and feels just sublime in the hand; absolutely wonderful; becasue I'm going to be the only one playing it, I think I'll take the chance on it being OK and keep my hands clean when playing it, otherwise it's just a small re-sanding job, eh!

The action is perhaps a touch low for my styles of playing, but there's no buzz anywhere on the board so it'll do for a while. Oh, and there'll be a trc with "John's Rat" on it eventually!!

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Author:  slmguy [ Sat Sep 03, 2016 6:11 am ]
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Hey looks great John. Been busy and haven't checked in for a while. You been busy your self with that build. And as always, a great pool shot to bring out her eyes. Does it sound as good as it looks?

Author:  corsair [ Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:09 pm ]
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Thanks, man!!

Mate, it has absolutely no business sounding as good as it does; utterly fabulous!! I've not had anything to do with P90s ever, so wasn't sure what to expect so was ever so pleasantly suprised when I opened up the taps - what a neat sound it is; meaty and muscular, with loads of harmonic overtones.

Oddly enough, it required quite a bit of fiddling to get action and intonation just right; the use of a couple of thin shims, 1 under the neck heel and 1 under the nut, were needed to just get it where I wanted it, as I decided that I wanted a little tiltback on the headstock rather than just straight-through, and it works like a dream!

Question.
I have 2 Avenger AV 325s and this one will sustain for Australia, the other doesn't have anything like the sustain: would this be down to the string-through body that the Bougainville Avenger lacks??

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