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  1. not that my opinion matters but my thoughts on color: Why "restore" when you can have some fun with it? If you are a kurt follower and have read his "notes" he was partial to a '60's blue/green for the guitar and the sonic blue and fiesta red were actually fender's choices. If you don't care for that, I think anything in the 60's color palette is fair game. I am probably going to repaint my project jag-stang Ocean Turquoise or dark teal, but I have always wondered what one looked like in firemist gold or canary yellow. It's a "retro" 60's hybrid guitar before such a thing was popular so anythi
  2. Haven't posted here in a while, but thought I would share my freshly completed long suffering project. This is my 1973 Comp-stang Replica project that I completed a couple of weeks ago: This project started back in 2010 when a friend of mine gave me a reissue CIJ mustang body in competition orange with Fiesta Red racing stripe. They had used the guitar as a prop for an advertising shoot and then the crew dismantled it for their own personal projects. All that was left was the body which nobody wanted. I actually think it was one of the JDM "Beck" editions but I didn't get the neck to find
  3. I am old fashioned so I do things with scissors, tape, cardboard, tracing paper, and an exacto and not photoshop (even though I used to teach photoshop at a college level). Gonna try the next version this week. I totally agree that it should be a continuous line. I am a little worried it is starting to look a little toronado-ish. But it is certainly different.
  4. I agree, that will be tackled in version mockup 2.0. A friend of mine suggested I mod it this way: I am kinda feeling it, but not sure. Feels a little too "cyclone" to me. What do you all think? I want a bigger guard because I want to experiment with a lot of different onboard configurations (distortion, different wiring setups, etc) and that will give me more mounting room and hide other mods.
  5. Hey all. So I redesigned the pickguard on my stang and could use some other's opinions. Below are photos of the cardboard template I made. Let me know what you think:
  6. thanks, I didn't know a kit like that existed. Is there no benefit to be had by using 500K pots? What alternate wiring are you reffering to? I looked in the mustang FAQ and all I saw was a wiring diagram. Obviously there is someplace else that shows alternate wiring, I just haven't found it yet.
  7. Hey all, So I am putting together a japanese mustang out of parts. It all started when a friend of mine gave me a bare body and neck. I don't have any of the original mustang parts. The body is a japanese market 73 reissue in capri orange. So far all I bought for it are SD antiquities for the mustang. since I am starting from scratch I am not married to any of the stock pots, switches, or other electrics. Any recomendations on brands/electronics I should be on the look out for? I am making my own pickguard out of lexan so it is no biggie to cut space for something not stock.
  8. so my jagstang finally wore out its nut. So I take it to my local independent music store/fender dealer to order a nut and have it put it. just got a call today and Fender does not want to sell me a nut for the jagstang. so...um...where do you guys get your nuts? I am really strapped for time or I would carve one myself.
  9. yeah.....I think I am going to have a pro do this for the moment, but hopefully he'll let me watch him do a nut job and I will then be less intimidated for next time. I can do a lot of things on a guitar but this seems like one of those seemingly simple things that ends up with me crying with a hammer in one hand and a splintered neck in the other.
  10. so I strung up the d'adds and what a glorious mess I have made. I didn't realize it before but the nut on my neck is so worn out that it comes to a very pronounced v in the middle. The G string is resting on the first fret and has a horrible buzz. I am still fiddling with the bridge but it looks like I might just have to replace the nut before continuing. ugh.
  11. I just figured a texas special because it is what the JS was supposed to have originally before fender cheaped out with the neck pup. I am kinda mixing and matching here as I don't really know what will sound good with the dimarzio, since I don't use dimarzio pups usually in my guitars (most of my axes have duncan humbuckers). don't know what shipping will be to the states, but sounds interesting.
  12. I picked up a set of D'add XL 9 gauge and a set of EB super slinky 9 gauges. I am going to try out the d'ads first since the guy at the music store recommended them as well. If I don't like them I will just cut them off. If I do like them, my jag is due for a restring and I will use the EBs on it. I had to open her up over the weekend to "tighten" some loose hardware. The pots were being held in buy their last thread. The neck pickup was just rattling around loose in the body. Since I have it apart - any cheap upgrades I can do right now? I am thinking a set of 500K pots and an orange drop.
  13. In my opinion: if you are going to refinish it, do it for yourself and cause you like the color, not because you are going to "maximize the value" because honestly you will lose money. A pro paint job has the potential to cost more than the guitar is worth. Not withstanding that, even if you managed to get her painted for say $300-400 professionally you are still into the guitar for what you paid for it and even then you may only be looking at a $500-$800 sale price. If you are going to do it yourself on the cheap you are probably not the best refinisher on the planet and will not get pro-re
  14. I have D'addario XLs on my yamaha. I like them, but I am open to considering something different. I used to use Markley Blue Steels in the 1990s but I want to try some thing different.
  15. I think I am going to try to make my own p-guard out of plexiglass. If it sucks I am not out much since I already have a big sheet of it left over from when I made my own motorcycle taillight.
  16. So I picked up a really cheap jag-stang last night and man o man I forgot how good these guitars sounded. Despite an intermittent pot, and all the hardware being loose, she still sounded great. She even survived being slung across my back sans case as I rode my motorcycle back to brooklyn. I was kind of hoping to pick up a cherry one but honestly this one is an honest closet relic, looking like it has sat in the back of someone's closet since 1997 (which it may have). All the hardware has that matte yellowish tarnish, and the pickgurd has yellowed also. I am starting to see the appeal of a re
  17. awesome, thanks. Didn't know if Aug was his full user name, nick name, or real name. I'll shoot him a line.
  18. the Strat-o-sphere is basically a guitar breaker. He buys leftovers, used, and overstock (probably in bulk and probably cheap) and breaks them down and sells the parts. He is neither cheap nor is there much ethics involved because anything rare is treated the same way (like the Candy Red japan only Jaguar HH that he has broken down for sale for like $800 for the pieces or the '65 mustang he broke down a month back). It was probably a really nice jagstang for him to have broken it down. He also occasionally breaks down original 1960's guitars as well. I bought a 1973 capri orange compstang r
  19. who is aug and how do I get a hold of him or her? going to pick up another JS tonight so I have one to play while the original one I have is still in pieces. Still need to decide on a color. Still leaning toward Ocean Turquoise but I saw a Caramel Copper Toronado at the House of Guitars last weekend and I have to say that looks hawt. I am leaning toward original fender colors because I want my hot rod JS to look like something the custom shop would have built...you know...before they started building mostly relic'ed garbage. I was considering Inca Silver with a candy tangerine comp stripe a
  20. So, after looking at my halfway stripped fiesta red body and nice original JS neck sitting in a corner while life happened, I decided to pick up the project again, and as usual I have a lot of questions: pickguard: anybody use one of these off of ebay? http://cgi.ebay.com/New-White-Pearl-Fen ... .m20.l1116 is the quality any good? Is there a source for an original Fender pickguard (allparts says no)? Has anybody made their own? if so can you make one out of plexiglass? Color: has anybody painted their JS Ocean Turquoise? I saw a jag painted this color recently and I think it is start
  21. I knew about the japanese colors of White, Metallic blue, and Sunburst (Tobacco burst?). I had not seen a dark CAR HH and there was no listing of it on the japanese websites or the japan auction sites (Hint yahoo auctions japan is huge - so big it put ebay out of business in japan). As for reliable fender on ebay (the stratosphere), I don't really agree with parting out new guitars to make money, and I think his prices are pretty rediculous, but he was able to hook me up with a new FENDER neck for my CIJ mustang when the old one split. All that Allparts could do was get me a "similar" neck wi
  22. Anybody have any insight into this? http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/2008-Vintage-RI-F ... .m63.l1177 From the way I read the ad it is a factory color but I didn't think HH's came in anything but black. I don't know if I want to spend $800+ for it and the matching neck just to say I have a fender one off of a CIJ guitar that can be had for $500 minty used but hey...I really dig that color.
  23. the 390 GPB he will so graciously take for it is still $767.642 American. Not really a bargain since you can buy one used in the states and have it shipped to ol' blighty for cheaper.
  24. I have to say I never understood the fiesta red. One of the larger reasons I didn't buy a JS when they were new is every NY music shop had a red one, I didn't even know they came in sonic blue until 1998. Now I have a ref bare body and I can't wait to repaint it. Nice score though, it must feel really good to have a brand new one in your hands.
  25. Those antiquity pups look real good and the price seems decent (about $66-69 for net prices). I wonder what kind of pots would be good to run with them.....
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