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  1. 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
  2. Hi I'm a UK based guitar maker, new to Project Guitar, and I thought I'd introduce myself properly with some examples of my finished work (with some production shots thrown in for good measure) - some of you might have seen my recent post in the Public Classified's forum in which I cut and paste some text from website about me/Serpentine Guitars. Enjoy! The first guitar showcased is one of my earliest; fixed bridge Super-strat (DC shape) with faux-neck-thru detail. Rough DC body shape... (Faux-neck-thru) body inlay glued in place... Neck pocket routed... Mock-up... Neck carved... Final details (recessed ferrules, control cover, etc)... Tru-Oil coats rubbed in... Complete (DC #1210)...
  3. Hello, My name is Matt and I'm a British guitar maker with 20 years combined experience in guitar repairs, rebuilding and luthierie. In 2009, after selling a few of my handcrafted instruments on the internet, I started taking orders and building a portfolio of privately commissioned "custom made" and stock guitars in my UK based workshop under the guise of "Serpentine Guitars". Serpentine Guitars build premium, handcrafted electric guitars for that ultimate tone and playability, hand made by a professional luthier and his meticulous attention to detail and perfection. Our instruments are custom made from the finest tonewoods, hand-picked for their visual and tonal qualities, and hardware manufactured to the highest standards, including Gotoh, Schaller, Hipshot, Bareknuckle Pickups, EMG and DiMarzio, to meet your exact requirements. I am currently taking orders globally through my website, where you can also read testimonials from my previous clients, and would be happy to provide a quote for your dream guitar using the online form - http://www.serpentineguitars.com We are also running a competition at the moment giving one lucky individual the chance to win a custom made guitar - visit the website for details. Thank you for your time. Matt (Serpentine Guitars) Moderators; the forum rules state "Sales and Services may be offered by anyone including retailers at any time as long as they are posted in the Classifieds Section Only". This topic is offering my services as a custom guitar maker.
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