Goth Explorer ungothified

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  1. Scottz

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    I got a 2002 Goth Explorer in trade a while back and decided to refinish it. Not quite finished but thought I would show it. I sanded it down, used Timbermate Ebony to grain fill, Transtint Red Mahogany and now I'm working on the Tru-oil. 2 coats so far.

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    I started this because it looked like the body was cracked, the damage turned out to limited to the paint. 20191112_071403.jpg 20191112_071426.jpg
     
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    Looking good! That wood grain is coming out .
     
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    Does anyone know if it's possible to strip the black finish off the hardware?
     
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    Anything is possible.
    The question becomes: how well is the hardware finished underneath? Or, as likely: is the time and result of stripping the stock hardware worth more than simply taking the opportunity to upgrade?
     
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    pop2.gif pop2.gif looking forward to your progress !
     
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    Decisions, decisions.....gold, chrome or nickel?
     
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    Fixed that for you.
     
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    I don't know, gold looks pretty sweet against the dark cherry color.
     
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    Never liked gold hardware on a color.
     
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    I just picked up a set of Gibson 57 Classic pickups, that should be an improvement.
     
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    To each their own.
     
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    Reminds me too much of mimes.
     
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    10 coats of Tru-oil. DSC_1650~2-2000x3000-1500x2250.JPG
     
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    That is tarting to look really cool! And I think you will be happy with a set of '57 Classics. Just make sure you put in some decent pots and cap as well. :applause:
     
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    I've already got in 3 CTS 500K pots and orange drop .022uf caps. I'll be using Gavitt push back wire.
     
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    What was the tolerance on that cap?
    I rarely use Gavitt, (I shield everything and prefer super fine strand silicone insulated wire) but I was rewiring a Squire Strat for a customer that had the tiniest hole to the output cavity due to them using a super thin co-insulated output wire from the factory. I used some braided shield Gavitt push back I had laying around because it was either that or drill.
     
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    5%
     
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    Just waiting on the hardware to get here, and yes, I'm going chrome. At some point I'll add pickup covers.
     
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    Finished . I'll get a better pic in natural light later. DSC_1662~2-1024x2442.JPG
     
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