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It couldn't happen to a nicer guitar......

I got this 7421 for a ridiculous stupid low price yesterday. I was really excited when the seller came by to drop it off. He's a guy I know. He bought this guitar new in 2000 for his son. The kid abused it for a couple years then put it in the closet, where it's been for the last 10 years. He just wanted to get rid of it. After a quick inspection, I found a very significant neck crack. My buddy said he'd take whatever I offered after seeing the damage. I got it so cheap that I could set the guitar on fire, sell the case (UV1000 with a missing combo lock), and double my money........ yeah, it was THAT cheap!!

Anyway, I had some time today to mess around with it. You can see my progress in the pics:

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Great score!!! Sorry to hear about the crack. Sounds like you did great, though!
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That's a bad crack, but definitely fixable. Like I already said, amazing score! So jealous of that deal you got!
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How hard was it to get the fretboard off?
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How hard was it to get the fretboard off?
not hard at all....... took more time and patience than it did effort.....LOL


Thanks guys. This one will be a fun build. The Sky's kinda the limit considering there's no real initial investment. After fixing the crack and re-profiling the neck, Damien wants to try it out to see if he wants to trade his 7620 for it. I'll let him decide on any mods, finish work and such.......... but first I have to tend to the structural stuff............
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BTW.... I guess the title is a little misleading. This can (and has happened to) LOTS of much nicer guitars....LOL. I just thought it was a funny title. I know, I'm a loser.........
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Any instruction/advice on the fretboard removal? I have a couple i would like to peel off and replace. thanks and good luck though the typical neck crack was bad enough to have to deal with.
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An iron with a towel over the fretboard is normally a good DIY isn't it? Is that what you did Ryc?
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Any instruction/advice on the fretboard removal? I have a couple i would like to peel off and replace. thanks and good luck though the typical neck crack was bad enough to have to deal with.
No problem, have a good read of the tutorial at Projectguitar.com here:

http://projectguitar.com/tut/removal.htm

After reading it, PM me and I'll give you my additional tips.

Love to see pics of what your working on........
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An iron with a towel over the fretboard is normally a good DIY isn't it? Is that what you did Ryc?

Edit: That IS how most people do it. I find that the towel only slows the process down, plus the extra steam SERIOUSLY kicks the crap out of any dents in the fretboard or back of the neck.

I don't use a towel......... Hot steam iron directly on the fretwire with BOATLOADS of steam.
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Would you risk damaging the wood with the steam directly on it? The fretboard may cop some over expansion or anything?
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Any instruction/advice on the fretboard removal? I have a couple i would like to peel off and replace. thanks and good luck though the typical neck crack was bad enough to have to deal with.
BTW.... this fix should be pretty straight forward. I ordered some self-wicking CA and a plastic hypodermic to inject the entire crack (which is also why I had to remove the truss rod). Normally I would use thinned Tite-bond wood glue, but this crack is too thin and deep to get the tite-bond in, hence the need for the CA.
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Would you risk damaging the wood with the steam directly on it? The fretboard may cop some over expansion or anything?
Actually the fretboard loved it. It pulled out ALL of the crap the was ground deep down over the years. It dried to a thin bubbly crust on the top of the board. I scraped that with a utility razor blade. I'll take some pics of the fretboard as it is now. You'll be shocked, it looks like virgin rosewood.
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Damn, well that worked out well then. So jealous of this deal!
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