Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Re: Coming soon
Well, it arrived last night - the night-time pics are appalling and I won't embarass myself by posting pics until I get some daytime shots.
Impressions: what's supposed to be wrong with the PAF Pros? They've got more bark than Evos, mid maybe a little weak but bridge and especially neck are excellent. Sounds great through my Laney, but haven't wound it up yet in view of the hour of arrival. Frets very slightly worn, considerably lower than newer guitars and combined with a fairly worn maple board playing seems to be a more tactile experience. The neck is excellent, both condition and feel-wise.
Top and back are in wonderful shape for a player's axe; a couple of small dings on the sides and headstock; fretboard quite worn and discoloured, I'll see what benzine can do, but the finish is gone in a few places. Neck pocket crack very superficial, a bit less than 1/2" long. Scarf joint perfect, no cracking around the nut screws. Hardware pretty good, finish faded on the trem, tuners and neckplate. Action low, a lot more solid than my 7VWH - feels almost like a Strat (the slightly thicker neck probably contributes). Trem needs reset, it's nosedived. Springs could maybe do with replacing, I'll see.
Definitely a keeper. This one is NOT leaving the house (unless there's a fire). I can see it becoming my favourite playing guitar. It was sold to me on the following condition: the seller gets first option if I ever decide to onsell it.
Seller is manager of my local wallet-drain and mentioned that he has heard rumours of a DNA in the country - he keeps nagging the owner to flog it off. I may have to part with at least one major organ, but that DNA will be mine one day.......
Until then I think I'll be very satisfied with the BFP.
Pics soon. I'm not going to restore to any great extent, but I'll do befores and afters.