1964 SG Special Restoration

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  1. sg lou

    sg lou Active Member

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    A member of EverythingSG dot Com sent me his 64 SG Special for a restoration.
    It's original color was Cherry but thats long gone.
    He wants a Polaris White / Amber Clear finish.

    Here is what it looked like when it arrived:

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    As you can see someone put a sander to it .................. :idiot:

    Anyway we are going to try and bring this back to its almost former glory.

    After stripping the remaing Lacquer I proceeded to re shape/sharpen the rounded over bevels.

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    I these pictures you'll notice that the heel area was filled with bondo and flattened smooth. I'll bring it back to its proper shape as seen here:

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    So what i did was set up a straight edge to remove the old sanded down extention of body which is on the heel :

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    Then I cut a piece of Mahogany and glued it into place:

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    And sanded the piece to match the ramp of the body:

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    I then made a template of the curve of the heel off of my 64 SG Special and cut out a 1/16" thick piece of Mahogany and glued it to the back of the neck in the heel area:
    I didn't take any pictures of this process but here is the end result:

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    Being most of that area was lost to oversanding I had no choice but to mix up a little epoxy filler for wood and blend it in .
    After some sanding there will be very little epoxy remaining.

    Started the grian filling process:

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    Thats all I got for now..........
    I'll sand out the grain filler over the weekend and shoot the sanding sealer.
     
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    Got some more work done !

    Headstock Re-Stamped

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    I purposely lower the last digit a hair. Sorta like a marker for me that this was infact restamped. If the question should every come up !

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    Lets shoot some White Nitro

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    I think the heel repair come out looking pretty damn good !

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    OK, So we'll let this dry out for a couple of days and its ready for the tinted clear !
     
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    Last week i got around to spraying 3 light coats of Amber Clear and this past Wed. was nice and warm but no humidity so i managed to get 4 more coats of clear on it. 3 more to go and it can start the drying out process.

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    All done !

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    Lou, I can't keep up with you :D. You certainly are a busy man. Nice job on the restoration.

    -John
     
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    Good to see what professional work looks like.
     
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    Cool!!
     
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    Damn fine work there Lou, thanks for taking the time to post the blow by blow.

    BTW, are those serial number stamps readily available?
     
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    Wow- meticulous work. That's fantastic that you could put it back to it's near-former self. He's going to owe you big for that magic.
     
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    Wow, again I am amazed, you do excellent work.
     
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    Your Welcome ! :yesway:
     
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    I am very impressed with your work. The SG looks like it just came from the music store in '64.
     
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    Very nice work Lou!
     
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    Very nice. I love white SG's.
     

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