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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-05-2011, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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NGD '91 777 VDY

Well since I posted this question:
I managed to get a 777 VDY.
I spent about 5 hours dismantling the thing. I hand cleaned every part and polished each fret. There was corrosion on the pots and many rusty frets and screws. After all that, I put a nice coat of bore oil on the neck and added a fresh pack of strings. I've got the thing in fantastic shape.

It sounds great too. I think I like the PAF pros better than the Evo's in the 7Vwh. They aren't as bright. The neck is better on the VDY, but the AANJ on the 7Vwh is nicer for upper fret access. That was a good move on Ibby's part.

This thing is as close to perfect as I can get it. I was relieved to see that there are no neck pocket cracks that are typical for these guitars. The only issue with the guitar is the body paint isn't "neon" anymore. From what I am told from the guy I purchased it from, he got it from a guy in the Caribbean. The case has water damage. What I think, is this guitar had been played very little and was stored in it's case for a long time. I think the extra "humidity" may have caused the dye from the pink fabric of the case to leach into the finish. pink + neon yellow = dingy mustard/ Tonka truck color. The mustard color doesn't bother me. What does is that the head stock doesn't match the body. The head stock is still the factory bright yellow color.

It still glows under a black light, but the body just looks a little dirty. Anyone have any ideas that could restore the color color other than a new paintjob?

Does a repaint devalue the guitar?

It's not terrible and I can live with it, just curious.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-05-2011, 10:43 PM
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Re: NGD '91 777 VDY

That's gorgeous, nice purchase! I'd leave the body as it is, I think it looks much nicer than the average DY!! I've always wanted a VDY & VSK, just haven't found a pair in good enough condition yet
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-06-2011, 12:45 AM
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Re: NGD '91 777 VDY

Looks great! A Poisoned Pumpkin Jem!

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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-06-2011, 02:55 AM
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Re: NGD '91 777 VDY

Congrats on your new guitar
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-06-2011, 10:29 AM
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Re: NGD '91 777 VDY

I think it looks great the way it is. Congrats on getting a really cool guitar.
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-06-2011, 02:41 PM
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Re: NGD '91 777 VDY

Great one! If you can live with it leave it this way. If not send it to any of the above magicians to restore it at match the correct colors. The guitar value depends on what you think about it. If you are keeping this one and not thinking in reselling donīt over think about it.
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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-06-2011, 02:42 PM
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Re: NGD '91 777 VDY

Wow...that's no longer a VDY but a VMY - Very Mellow Yellow! Is the back the the same?
You've really brought the shine out of it.

Tip: seeing as your dark pink plastic appears to be in excellent condition, you may want to consider buying a new (cheap) set of red plastic (or whatever you think look good). The pink wears off quite easily and they're very expensive to replace!

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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-06-2011, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Re: NGD '91 777 VDY

"A Poisoned Pumpkin Jem!"
LOL not quite... it's really more like the older Tonka Truck color. It's still a yellow, just not blinding yellow.

"Is the back the the same? You've really brought the shine out of it."
Yes, the back is the same. The neck is more of a "wheat" color as opposed to the lighter maple that you typically see. It's in great shape, no stains or wear marks.

I cleaned the body with Meguiar's Scratch X 2.0 and a some new microfiber cloths. That stuff is good for taking out the polishing swirl marks you typicaly see, and as you can see really shines it up. Plus, it makes it really easy to clean and wipe sweat and finger prints off.

I'm tempted to experiment with the sun... and maybe take it a part and give the body a "tan" to see if I can lighten it up.

Here's a couple more pics.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-06-2011, 08:18 PM
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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-07-2011, 12:11 AM
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I <3 the color just the way it is dude. I wouldn't touch it. I think that color makes this one stand out over the others and therefore, unique.
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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-07-2011, 11:35 PM
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Re: NGD '91 777 VDY

A lot of VDYs seem to look that way.

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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-07-2011, 11:43 PM
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Re: NGD '91 777 VDY

I think it looks cool. I would probably pull the pickguard up and see if the original color is still under there. If it is, this paint can be restored to it's original color. If not, then it's already been refinished so you don't have to worry about painting it in any color you like.

The case should not have affected the paint under the guard.
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 02:24 PM
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Re: NGD '91 777 VDY

I like this color too. I say leave it as it is.
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post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-21-2011, 03:33 PM
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Re: NGD '91 777 VDY

One of the most beautyful JEMs!!
I love it .... and I'm jealous!
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