Hey you guys with the JS700 bodies! I was curious what you wound up doing with them? I actually bought an entire JS700 awhile back, sanded down the whole body, and routed (well, actually I "Dremeled") the pickup cavities to humbucker size (easily done). I finished it in tung oil (like 10 coats with more to come), and am about to put it back together.
Recommendation to anyone contemplating stripping a Radius body: DON'T!! This was 5 times the work I expected. No chemical would touch the finish: the guys at the furniture restoration place concluded that they must allow some chemicals in Korea that would be very illegal here. So it had to be done completely by hand, starting with a palm sander and finishing with blocks and various other tools. The smooth sexy contours of the JS
make it difficult to do without oversanding. An RG is a breeze by comparison. Trust me.
The neck pocket is definitely an issue for dropping in necks from other JS
's. I believe the neck pocket of the JS700 is made wide to accomodate the thick finish on the original JS700 necks. Once you strip the clear coat and stain from the 700 neck, it's pretty close to other JS
neck widths. I'm putting a neck from a 542R on it, so I also had to shim up the neck pocket with thin strips of hobby basswood.
Having said all that, how'd it turn out? Well, the body looks beautiful with the tung oil finish. And now it's sort of a JS700/JS6 mongrel. And I'll always love this guitar because I did the work. But... I could have been playing
all that time, rather than getting sanding blisters. My new rule is that "gear time" must not consume any more than 5% of my total "music" time. The rest needs to be hands-on playing (at least that's my oath).
So what did you guys do?