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I figured with the extra indefinite down time I now have, it's time to fully restore an old electric guitar that's been sitting around and never worked well. Something I picked up from a roommate years ago in college. Anyway, from my research, it looks like a Japanese Vantage VS696 (that's a funny looking nine in this font). Apparently, Vantage had some well made guitars in the 80's but they are no longer in production. The electronics, including toggle switches, are pretty much shot so I gutted the whole thing. From my research, it has two volume and one tone knob; a three-way toggle at the top; and two switches under the first two knobs (one for coil split, the other phase switch). Now that I've taken the electronics out and I realize I will have some more time on my hands, I'd like to do as much as I can: refinish the frets, full set up etc. Also, there are lots of dings and scratches I'd like to touch up without refinishing the whole thing (refinishing doesn't seem plausible in the tiny condo.) I'll be ordering all new electronics, including pickups (likely Fralin Unbuckers). Anyway, now that I've convinced myself to restore this thing, I have no idea where to start but I imagine the body is the best place to begin. Any guidance, links, online tutorials, etc. that you could point me to or offer? Any clear coat finishing touch up options that you may know of? How about for work on the body, neck, frets, etc? Especially, any guidance on electronics would be helpful (I couldn't find any online schematics for this guitar) What necessary tools and supplies do I need at a minimum? Any advice on how to tackle this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! Vantage.pdf
tl;dr version; Just bought this guitar, humming issues, no experience in electronics, please help! Hello everyone...it´s been quite a long time since I last visited. I hope you guys are doing well. I just got myself a beautiful, previously owned Godin A6 Ultra, just got it today in the mail! As you can see, it was modded. I bought it on a site which I believe is owned by ebay. I´ve purchased many things there, and never had an issue. Certainly, I hope that is the case this time as well, but I would appreciate guidance. I have zero experience with electronics. Ok, so the guitar was modded with a volume and tone pots, along with an output jack. The guitar has the original circuitry, which is a side output for the humbucker, and a jack for acoustic or mix. I asked the seller, who has high reputation at the site, and he said he had bought the guitar from a collector in Texas. He was the original owner and had the mods made. Later, he had it put back to stock...except for the electronics on the top. He didn´t ask on what the mods where or what the configuration was. The guitar arrived today at my dad´s house, so I went there after work to pick it up. When I got home, I immediately set up my PC (I play through amp sims) and was surprised by some hum and gainy tones, along with somewhat uneven volume. I tried both jacks just to see if I could assess both tones, but the acoustic preamp had no output. Then it hit me that it works of a 9 volt battery. I took it out, but I don´t have means to check whether it is dead. No biggie, I´ll get one tomorrow. So, I focused on the humbucker sounds. I didn´t open the guitar, but I read on it before buying, and remembered somebody mentioning the humbucker is wired to the preamp as well. I guess this is necessary to have either acoustic or electric, or the mix, but I don´t know for sure. I tried a few presets and the hum worsened with some, lessened with others along with some drop in volume. I fiddled with the noise gate in the VST, but that didn´t help much. When I actually tried a preset with some gain and volume, the interface input spiked, and the hum turned into screeching. I unplugged the guitar and the interface, then restarted the pc. After rebooting, I tried the same, with the same results. I was ready to blame the interface, but first I picked up another guitar with humbucking pickups...dead quiet. Well, some noise, but nowhere near what I experienced with the other guitars. I want to try the preamp tomorrow, but my hunch is that the issue is something else. My guess is that the humbucker should work even if the preamp it´s connected to has no power...but I´m not sure on that. I have no experience with microphonic or ungrounded pickups, and that might not even be the issue. I´m concerned because there are no techs I know of here where I live. Maybe it is simpler than what I fear, or it might be enough to place a complaint at the site. I kind of hope for an "easy" fix and leave it alone. I would like to keep the guitar. In fact, I have a very nice pickup I would like to swap with the one it has right now, but I won´t if the design is not meant to work with another one. When trying it out acoustically, I tried the pots on the top, and they are perfectly placed and seem good quality. If possible, I would like to have the magnetic pickup swapped for the one I already have, maybe wire the guitar circuits independent of each other... Anyway, sorry for the humungous post...I tend to do that,