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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 08-30-2017, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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NGD: 2006 PGM 301

New guitar day, a birthday present to myself, a PGM 301. I was disappointed when I opened the case. It was advertised on eBay as a 9/10 guitar in great condition with light use, but as you can see, it's not any where near that. Asked for a partial refund to cover the fretwork required, and at least a new bridge, and I ended up getting $200 back. I've been wanting one of these for years, so whilst the guitar's condition is a disappointment, I'm glad to finally have one.

The neck finish has gone all glossy and sticky, so I'll need to hit that with the 0000 steel wool to bring back the satin finish. I've given the guitar a thorough clean up now. It stank something bad, but better now. I've sprayed the crap out of the case, and left it outside for a bit, so it's not so bad. The single coil cover is cracked too, but if I'm to replace it I'd like one marked with the DiMarzio logo, so it fits with the OEM specs. Don't mind if it's got the same yellowing. The guitar was filthy as hell too, so gross.

Once the fretwork is brought back to a better condition, and I've given the fretboard a better clean up this should be a beauty. It's playing pretty nicely already.

































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Steel wool usually doesn't cut gloss well. I'd go with 800 or 1000 wet.
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Steel wool usually doesn't cut gloss well. I'd go with 800 or 1000 wet.
Ah okay, cool. I've got that on hand from painting guitars. Only sand in one direction too?
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It's too fine to notice.
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It's too fine to notice.
No worries. Is it possible just to buy the saddles seperately, or cheaper to buy a whole new bridge?
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Way cheaper to buy the whole trem but I don't think they sell the saddles.
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Aww man, that is one awesome guitar! It sucks that the seller misrepresented the product, but I am sure your get it back in shape that is a guitar I would love to see back in production.
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Aww man, that is one awesome guitar! It sucks that the seller misrepresented the product, but I am sure your get it back in shape that is a guitar I would love to see back in production.
Yeah it's a brilliant model guitar, and with some work it'll be great. Plays pretty nice after cleaning it up a bit and setting up with new strings.
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The PGMs are good, although I never cease to be amazed what some people will offer on t'internet as "good condition". It's quite amazing how filthy some people allow their guitars to become - unbelievable really, I wouldn't dare sell a guitar without making sure it was spotless first.

Enjoy your new axe

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The PGMs are good, although I never cease to be amazed what some people will offer on t'internet as "good condition". It's quite amazing how filthy some people allow their guitars to become - unbelievable really, I wouldn't dare sell a guitar without making sure it was spotless first.

Enjoy your new axe

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I know, I can't believe how dirty some people leave guitars, especially something as desirable as a signature model guitar. It's not exactly a low-end beginner guitar. I'm getting it up to scratch though, and should be pretty reasonable once I'm done. I'm disappointed by the amount of dings on the guitar. It's clear that it was probably a stage guitar that saw a lot of use and abuse. But it's cool to finally have one of these in my hands.

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Nothing a bit of elbow grease won't shift I suppose, the white and black will go well with your new Bullet

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Nothing a bit of elbow grease won't shift I suppose, the white and black will go well with your new Bullet

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Haha, it's a good reverse, although I've got the reverse Strat too, white, with black pickguard and hardware, and 1 piece maple neck/fretboard.

The damage to the body is something that I can't do too much about, but I can get the neck back to top notch condition. Even with the dents in the frets from the heavy use I can get the action set pretty nicely across the fretboard, so I may just see what a thorough polish to the frets will do, and work on the neck to get the fast satin feel back.
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Nice score!

Can't wait to see it once you add some TLC. I really wish Ibanez would offer some MIJ Gilbert's these days, seems like its been a while.
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Nice score!

Can't wait to see it once you add some TLC. I really wish Ibanez would offer some MIJ Gilbert's these days, seems like its been a while.
thanks, yeah with the proper neck clean up and bridge replaced it'll be good. The 301 really is a monster player. the brass saddles on the hardtail give a bigger tone than you would expect, and PAF Pros are such good pickups, super versatile.
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So I got to work on the PGM 301 neck over the weekend. Cleaned the neck and board with naptha, then wet sanded and 0000 steel wool on the back of the neck to take off the gloss. This thing is worn though. I think I may need to re-do the neck finish at some point. Feels great now though at least.

Polished up the frets with a combination of 0000 steel wool, followed up with Auto-sol metal polish. Has made the fret wear even more obvious visually, but things are feeling heaps smoother. I'll have to get a fret level and dress at some point.

I have a replacement bridge on order, and strap pins. I replaced four of the tuner buttons with better condition ones out of my parts drawer. I've been trying to find a source of cosmo black tuner buttons, but no luck yet. I don't suppose anyone has some cosmo black tuners in their parts stash that they would be willing to remove two buttons, and exchange for two of my more scratched ones?











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