Hi guys, I bought this í93 SV470 on CL yesterday for $150! It's been badly neglected, and it shows, but I couldnít pass it up for $150. Even if I have to dump a couple hundred bucks into getting it restored I'll still have a nice MIJ Sabre for under $400. I love the wood grain look and have always wanted a guitar with that look. The guitar was modified by a shop in CA called Brigham and there was some nice work done with the custom wood work around the pup rings, pup switch and wood knobs.
Iím also surprised at how resonant this guitar is with nice sustain even though itís so light. I have another MIJ Sabre and it is not as resonant as this guitar, but the vintage trem probably helps with that. It has no cracks and seems structurally sound and there is still lots of meat on the frets.
This guitar feels really nice and Iím pretty stoked about getting it for $150 BUT itís in rough shape and it needs some work and TLC. This is where I need help - I would be extremely grateful if you guys could give me some advice on how to get this guitar back to a closer likeness of its former glory.
The body has quite a bit of damage around the pickups (as you can see in photos). It also had a sticker on it and when I took it off it peeled up some stain and wood so now there is a rough spot in the shape of the sticker (see pic #5). So I have several questions about next steps to restore the body.
First, itís dirty (even smells funky) can I just wash it with a damp soapy cloth or should I just use guitar polish?
The body damage is going to be the most work - can I just take everything off the body and sand it? Dry or wet? What kind of sandpaper? When I sand it I can see that the stain will come off and it will be a lighter color so I guess I will have to sand down the whole front of the body and re-stain? What do you use for stain? How will I match the color?
Also the neck is out of alignment, which you can see in one of the photos. Iím assuming I can just loosen the bolts and it should move a bit Ė but Iím not sure if there are measurements or if I should just eyeball it?
Also, I like locking machine heads on my non-locking trem guitars and I am wondering what kind of locking tuners will fit without having to ream the holes a different size. Schaller or Sperzel or Fender?
Any suggestions and advice will be greatly appreciated!