New project guitar.

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  1. Walker

    Walker Active Member

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    Just picked up this ancient Cort Panther for $35 as a project. Any Idea what year it might be? There is no serial# on it anywhere. Anyway. This was modded why in the past. The wiring was inoperative. It had hairy dust on it and it is all banged up. Don't know what I going to do with it. Here are photos, because, if there aren't any photos, it didn't happen.

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    It has Aria Pro II tuners on it.

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    I have rewired it with the existing pots plus one and a 5way switch I had hanging around. Cleaned up the body and neck. The rosewood looks pretty good and the frets are level, but need polishing. Need to clean up the bridge and tuners before I can put strings on it and see how it sounds. Then I have to decide how much more I actually want to do to it as far as new parts and possible a paint job. Shure would look good pearl white, Just sayin'. New pickguard, jack socket and pickup covers (or pickups).
     
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    John Well-Known Member

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    Hard to beat 35 bucks for a project, good luck with it.
     
  3. elephantrider

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    looks like it sat in a wood shop for 20 years lol
    should be a sweet shredder project !

    no clue on the vintage.

    @Paruwi may have some info...
     
  4. Walker

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    The neck is not your normal shredder profile. It actually has a little heft to it. It also has a micro-tilt.
     
  5. King B

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    Wow that's really grimey! It looks like fun to me. For $35 I think I would take all the parts off, and the neck, and kick it up and down the street for 10 or 15 minutes. Both sides. Gives it a nice worn look. Also a 91% alcohol bath to disable any fungi. What is the body made of?
     
  6. Walker

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    It's plywood. It is also already reliced. And heavy. Actually I miss spoke, It wasn't $35, It was $30.
     
  7. Walker

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    I emailed Cort. They were no help in dating this model. Just calling it a vintage guitar.
     
  8. Walker

    Walker Active Member

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    Found this ad from 1986:

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  9. elephantrider

    elephantrider Well-Known Member

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    POWERsound pickups...

    nice find on that pic !
     
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    Davis Sharp Well-Known Member

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    Ahhh yes. Appealing to the hair metal players of 1986. Other colors include Zubaz.
     
  11. Walker

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    This guitar was actually a bright white originally. Shows under the pickguard and trem. it has turned a cream color. Unfortunately, it's chipped and dinged all along the perimeter. The rest cleaned up nicely and shined up nicely without buffing. MaybeI Ishould put aged hardware and pickups on it. I'd like to paint it pearl white and put brushed nickel on it. Don't know if it's worth the cost on this guitar.
     
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    It has weird pickups in it. Three magnet humbuckers and the single has two magnets standing on their edge.

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  13. Tweed26

    Tweed26 Well-Known Member

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    Every picture that I've seen of a Panther, shows them with a SSH pickup setup. Yours seems set up more like an Ibanez GIO with HSH, so I'd say somebody may have been trying to make one from a Cort. Powersounds (along with Mighty Mites) were originally made for Ibanez and used either ALnico 5 or ferrite magnets, its hard to say what you have. You could use this chart and check yours for resistance matches, obviously the single coil is a PS 5. I read somewhere that the PS 1 and 2s (and MM Motherbuckers) worked a lot better with 1 meg pots, due to the high wind resistance. Cool project with a low starting price.

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    Model no.:

    PSND1

    Construction:

    Humbucker

    Position:

    Neck

    Magnet:

    Ceramic

    DC resistance:

    12.90

    Description:

    High output in the neck position with no "muddiness"

    Also known as the Standard H1 (or STD-H1). A similar covered version is known as the Standard C1 (or STD-C1).


    Powersound 2

    Model no.:

    PSND2

    Construction:

    Humbucker

    Position:

    Bridge

    Magnet:

    Ceramic

    DC resistance:

    14.10

    Description:

    High output with enhanced harmonics

    Also known as the Standard H2 (or STD-H2). A similar covered version is known as the Standard C2 (or STD-C2).


    Powersound 3

    Model no.:

    PSND3

    Construction:

    Humbucker

    Position:

    Neck

    Magnet:

    ceramic

    Description:

    Covered black neck humbucker


    Powersound 4

    Model no.:

    PSND4

    Construction:

    Humbucker

    Position:

    Bridge

    Description:

    Covered black bridge humbucker



    Powersound 5

    Powersound Single

    Model no.:

    PSNDS

    Construction:

    Single coil

    Position:

    Mid/Neck

    Magnet:

    Alnico 5

    DC resistance:

    5.20

    Description:

    High output with complete clarity
     
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    Cleaned up and wired. I think I'll replace the bridge and jack plate before I string it . They are pretty nasty. I painted them with chrome paint to make them look aged, but, they just look nasty. This is just a test assembly to see how it sounds. Then I'll take it apart again and do some permanent work.

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    As I said in the OP, It was butchered a long time ago. I should have taken a photo of the pickguard when I stripped everything off it. It was awful! I'll build a new one later. This one was originally a S/S/S setup.
     
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    You know, the change between the before and after pictures is remarkable. u could end up with a fun player, with just a little sweat equity and a few spare parts. Enjoy.
     
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    I've decided to paint the guitar with Duplicolor pearl white spray cans. It's. stripped and in primer. The back I stripped to wood, bad mistake. Looks like old pallet wood. Filled it with bondo. I realized after stripping the back it had a coat of filler, which I left on the rest of the guitar. I sprayed test patch of the paint to test for any incompatibility. No lifting, so All is good. I'm putting too much money into this project, considering I never planned to keep it.

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    The top color is the miscoloration on the original bright white (the next color) and the bottom color is the filler coat.
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    This is the test spray coat. You can just see the pearl on the right edge of the photo. Could this have been originally painted in Lacquer? No lift at all.

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