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 #70834  by al.hurst
 Wed Dec 30, 2009 9:57 pm
Ok so im embarking on a long voyage...

Im completly ReBuilding my Gretsch Pro Jet.
Her name is Lucy :D

Anywho...
Shes gonna have
-two filter trons
-Phase Switch
-OBEL
-Waldo Buffer
-Kill Switch
-Master Vol. Post OBEL, Each Pick Up has individual volume knobs
- Two Switchable Tone Caps PLUS A Tone Knob Pre OBEL
-Completly Sheilded
-Brass Wilkinson Bridge [Chrome Plated]
-Ibanez Musician Bridge [Chrome Plated]
-A RoseBud Type Cover on the front for the buffer
-Routed out a bigger control plate on the back
-RePainted
-A Banjo Armrest. This looks really cool on a Gretsch

Ill Post Pics through out the process...
:cool:
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 #70835  by al.hurst
 Wed Dec 30, 2009 10:03 pm
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Rough Shape I Know...

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Routed Out The Bigger Control Plate. I still have to sand the edges ans route out the groove.
 #71623  by al.hurst
 Tue Jan 12, 2010 11:04 am
Not that anyone cares but heres the progress I have made :D

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I finished the back plate, Made a new plastic cover

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Sanded down the front,fixed all the nicks and scratches.
Paint coming soon.

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Heres a mock up of what Lucy's gonna look like when shes done.
I still have to work on the pickup surrounds to make them fir my pickups.

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Its pretty apparent that the stock bridge wasn't cutting it. Look at the difference in the post.
I replaced all the hardware besides the knobs with chrome plated brass. The bridge is from an Ibanez Musician.

Well hopefully she will be done in a month. I am still waiting for my Waldo Buffer so my electronics teacher and I can get started wirin' er' up :cool:
 #71719  by al.hurst
 Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:54 pm
Thanks for the kind words guys!!
 #71735  by Good Times
 Thu Jan 14, 2010 7:26 am
Very nice, keep us posted on you progress :smile:
 #72134  by al.hurst
 Tue Jan 19, 2010 2:09 pm
Thanks, Im still waiting for my buffer and paint.
But I was wondering about the binding, When I paint her up should I just use pinstripping tape to tape off the binding or what?
So far there hasn't been any real screw ups [knock on wood] so Im real looking forward to her being done. :cool:
 #72363  by al.hurst
 Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:56 pm
Bad news guysss....

I snapped off a freaking screw in my tail piece and I haven't painted her yet... how do I get it out?
I guess I should order the real screws instead of cheap Home Depot screws! haha
 #72376  by jack-A-roe
 Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:26 am
Try a screw extractor. U should probably be able to get one for a couple dollars at your hardware store. They have always worked for me.
 #72384  by Rusty the Scoob
 Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:16 am
al.hurst wrote:Bad news guysss....

I snapped off a freaking screw in my tail piece and I haven't painted her yet... how do I get it out?
I guess I should order the real screws instead of cheap Home Depot screws! haha
My other hobby is working on Jeeps, so I've seen my share of broken fasteners. The technique for getting it out depends on the size, how much is sticking out, and what it's stuck in. Can we see a pic?
 #72387  by strumminsix
 Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:52 am
Sucks. Solution is likely a pair of vice grips if you can see the sides or a an ez-out if you cannot.
 #91408  by al.hurst
 Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:39 pm
So I got a 1974 Bus ( Bertha the Majic CanniBus) and have lost focus on this project but its cold now so I thought I would start on Lucy again. I am getting her wired by a professional, I keep on screwing something up for some reason :? :?

But I have her painted black with silver sparkly things :D I have put 5 coats of color on and so far 2 coats of clear. I am using acrylic lacquer spray cans. I am actulyy pretty suprised how it is turning out! It does have a really long crack that i filled with super glue but you can still see it, its not going to be that notuicble with the pickgaurd and knobs and stuff...I hope

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IMO Pictures dont realyl do it justice.

Anyways whatchaa guys think?