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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-17-2015, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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1988 540R Fountain Blue Redo

What started out as bushings for a loose trem bar has now become a full blown restore, sparing almost no expense. Parts are sorted and what I can restore I will, what I can't I will most likely get from Rich. There are some body chips that wont clean up but everything else I can fix I will.

I wasn't sure I was going to keep it but it feels so good which is most important to me that my OCD's took over and since it plays good, it has to look good!!!

Will update.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-04-2016, 11:29 AM
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Re: 1988 540R Fountain Blue Redo

Very interested to see how this project turns out, but how did this start with just a change of bushings? lol
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-04-2016, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Re: 1988 540R Fountain Blue Redo

Well...the trem arm had play in it, it would pull a 16th of an inch before engaging, I took the arm out and saw the worn bushings and thought I would check the underside of the trem to see if everything was tight and such, when I did that I had to take the backplate off and realized that the springs were badly corroded. While I was looking at the trem, I noticed someone tried to tighten one to the trem posts with what looks to be a set of pliers, basically adding a thread to the topside. While digging around I saw that the pickup ring was chipped and that the old INF pickup had seen better days. That got me thinking about everything I needed to do which led to me tearing it all down to nothing so I can clean everything, and I mean everything. I will be taking the tuners off and cleaning the grunge around the topside and I will be sanding the back of the headstock to clean up some scratches, I will probably just buff out the body the best I can but everything else is bing scrutinized. Soooooo, what started out as a bushing change became an all out restoration. I'm going to take my time with it and replace everything little by little. It's worth doing, the guitar plays incredibly well and I love the color.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-23-2016, 11:54 AM
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Re: 1988 540R Fountain Blue Redo

You bridge pup should be an IBZUSA as the fountain blue was only officially offered in 1988. From your image the finish looks pretty good. I always like the logo in the neck pocket. How clean is yours? Whenever I got an early Radius parts of that logo were missing or I'd have taken a good picture of it.

Here's something I noticed about every Fountain Blue I've had. The bevel from the flat top to the the slim edge on the player's arm side of the guitar is pretty sharp. All the other 540Rs I've had have had a smoother transition from top to edge. I recall that Frank Falbo made his first by hand 540r using a fountain blue as his model.

Oh, and since it's been over a month since your last post, how does it look now that you've had some time to work on it?
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