I, personally, don't care for the gold.
Anyway, I setup the new guitar.
It had the wrong knobs - set screw instead of push on...they looked correct.
I replaced them. How do people lose guitar knobs?
The volume pot was a little loose, so I tighten it.
The trem arm holder was loose - I tightened that as well.
It had 4 springs and 10 gauge strings. The setup with those strings was really nice...no buzz and LOW action. Four springs are just toooo stiff for me.
I took out the 4th spring and put 9's on it. Of course I then had to ...adjust the trem angle, truss rod, bridge hieght, etc.
As with almost all **** guitars. The description failed to mention some pick scratching/surface scratches, etc. So I buffed it out with some 3M Rubbing Compund, Swirl Remover, Carnuaba Wax. I did it by hand...my arm is sore.
I will eventually do it with a machine. That will have to wait until I completely disassemble the guitar.
I tighten the neck bolts, locknut, etc. They just needed to be snugged.
The fretboard wasn't too bad. I cleaned it and applied some bore oil. I will polish the frets with some steel wool later.
I replaced the horrible sounding QM bridge pup with a Dimarzio Tone Zone.
It took 2 minutes of playing to realize I hated the QM's. I knew that though.
The TZ sounds good in it. I'll get the other QM's out of there soon.
I installed a Dimarzio Clip Lock Strap. I had an extra one laying around...so I figured I'd use it. I like them anyway.
I wound up installing a new trem bar. Even after replacing the plastic bushings on the old one it was loose. I had an extra bar laying around so I popped it in there and it was nice and SNUG, just how I like it.
I cleaned up all the misc. screws.
The locking screws for the trem post were loose when I got it. I tightened those after I got it setup. Thank god they weren't stripped, broke or who knows what else.
So I still have to replace the other 2 pups.
I want to sand and tung oil the neck on this guitar. I guess I'm going to do the entire back of the neck including the back of the headstock.
Here it is with my other S guitars....
My attempt at an artsy type photo.....
I can't post these pics enough