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  1. Hey guys. I finally have enough time to start this project. Thanks for the great help suggested above. I took a photo of the rear of my guitar which shows the problem areas. I wanted to make sure before starting any repairs that the info I have is correct for my situation. As you can see my finger prints have marred many places on the guitar finish, and especially along the neck. I suppose this is due to sweat. I have purchased sanding pads (1500 through 12000 grit), Meguiar's ScratchX 2.0 compound, and a polishing attachment for a hand-held power driver. I understand what has been suggested above, but would like an experienced diagnosis of the photo - is this the right technique given the marks on the guitar? BTW - the flash on the camera does a great job at showing the marks, but makes the finish look like enamel - its actually some sort of semitransparent dark blue-green stain - the grain is slightly visible through the coat. I added the second photo to try and show the actual grain and finish.
  2. I am thinking about putting some new pickups in my Telecaster. Can someone recommend a link to a list of Vintage Fender Telecaster pickups (hopefully a list of ALL Telecaster pickups)? Id like some with a Bluesy feel. Any help appreciated. MattSA
  3. Thanks ScottR (and others). I have never worked on a finished guitar before so was reluctant to go right into 'sanding' the finish even with finer grades. Thanks for all the help. Matt
  4. Great - can you suggest what grit to start at before buffing?
  5. So you suggest an automotive buffing compound applied with micromesh sanding pads? Is this safe for a finished guitar - I would think any abrasive would produce more scratches then less? Can you suggest what grit range? Start with 12000 grit or finish with 12000 grit? Can I apply by hand or should I use a buffing wheel attached to power drill?
  6. You all probably get this question about once a month. I'm working on a Washburn that has heavy haze and swirl marks on the rear of the guitar. I have read some articles about removing these marks from car finishes, but am uncertain whether the same steps are safe for guitar finishes. Unfortunately I can't tell you whether the finish is nitro, poly, etc. It is an older model which I bought used between '95 and 2000. Can someone offer some advice or a link? Matt
  7. MattSA

    Feedback from Volume Pot

    I ended up pulling the bushing used by the bridge and replaced the ground. I'm currently in the process of completing the wiring so I can't say for certain this will fix the problem. I actually was messing around with the guitar before I started re-wiring and I noticed that whenever I touched the screws that attach the humbucker carriage to the plastic humbucker plate (used to attach the humbucker to the guitar) I'd get very large spikes and an increase in background noise of the guitar. To fix this I completely shielded and grounded all cavities. I think that the carriages will contact the shielding. Thanks for all the Help, Matt
  8. MattSA

    Feedback from Volume Pot

    Ok. I looked around for the correct definition of bridge type. It is of the tune-o-matic variety. I'm thinking that the white ground ran to a connected plate at the base of the screws used to adjust the bridge's height. Thus when the bridge was assembled the wires contact the bridge, the bridge contacts the screws, the screws contact the ground within the guitar body. Just a guess. I'm thinking that I will connect this wire to the volume pot and see how it sounds. Ill post later in the week. Thanks, Matt
  9. MattSA

    Feedback from Volume Pot

    This is what I thought. Unfortunately, the bridge is separate from the guitar. This is a Washburn and offers two double-coil cavities and a switch cavity on the face of the guitar and a tone/volume cavity in back leading to the input jack. The bridge is completely removed from the body. Any idea how I can ground the bridge/strings? There is a white wire leading to the tone/volume cavity which was once used for this purpose, but I cannot determine where it leads to or how to attach it. Matt
  10. MattSA

    Feedback from Volume Pot

    The guitar hums more than I remember before re-wiring, as well as producing an audible spike through the amp when touched. The knob is plastic, the pot is a coil-tap pot, I have one of the in/out/ground terminals of the volume pot grounded to the case of the tone pot . I was under the assumption that this ground the pot casing. Matt
  11. MattSA

    Feedback from Volume Pot

    I get a pop from the amp.
  12. I just finished rewiring a guitar with 2 double-single coil pickups, a three-way switch, a tone pot, and a volume pot with a coil-tap. Everything works great, except I get a spike whenever I touch the volume pot. Anyway to get rid of this? Matt
  13. MattSA

    Darker Finishes

    Thanks for all the help. I have been through some of the Stew Mac stuff, as well as Luthiers Mercantile Inc. web site. Tundraman website also offers very good tutorials on finishing. I have not found anything on toner coats, but will start with these three sites. I was planning on getting some different types of scrape wood to practice on so I am not to concerned with botching the job. Thanks, MattSA
  14. MattSA

    Darker Finishes

    Thanks for the quick response. I searched for toner coats and could not find a step-by-step guide. Does anyone out there have a link to a tutorial on toner coats? From what I understand I apply the color I would like first and then gradually add coats with (less or more) black dye? I am looking into buying a spray can system, but currently I will be using a brush to apply water-based lacquer with water-based lacquer dye. Thanks, MattSA
  15. I am working on re-finishing my first guitar. I am using a water-based lacquer with added dye to add color (green) to the finish. What I am mostly concerned with is how to create a 'dark' finish over the original color without changing the color of the finish. I believe if I added black dye to the mixture it would simply change the color. Perhaps I should layer the finish - first add a number of coats of the dyed finish, and then add a few coats of finish with black dye? I do not think this will produce the effect I would like. Perhaps it is only a question of dark grain showing through that gives the guitar a dark finish. Seems that in the two pictures attached that both have grain showing through, but the blue guitar maintains a darker finish.