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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
Hey guys. I haven't done a build thread before, but decided to start one in any case. I've been working on the cheap family classical guitar that we brought from South Africa (nothing special). Unknown brand "Angelica". I haven't done any sanding/gluing or any other type of DIY work before really, hence why I decided to start on this. I'm still busy with it, but thought I'd share some photos of the transformation. Before photos - lots of dings and scratches, headstock was cracked that I roughly fixed before: Will upload some more soon