Excellent, nice big bathtub rout so I won't need to do any messing around with chisels.
That'll explain why that screw wouldn't bite, then...
I did find one thing that was definitely a problem :
Looks like it's ready to crumble into dust at any minute. It certainly can't be helping the tone. We'll be needing a replacement, then.
So the shopping list will be :
- Duncan JB-JR pickups for the neck and bridge
- New 5-way switch
- DPDT toggle switch for coiltap (I want the option of fully single-coil operation. Split-5 is groovy but I fancy something a bit different)
- New pots
- New scratchplate
- New output jack (this one's dodgy)
- New bridge
And if I'm feeling very generous :
- New roller string tree
- New roller nut (or at least a new nut - this one's a smidge cracked in two places)
- New (locking) tuners
More than I had intended to do but this guitar was a £120 cheeky punt so I'm happy to put some money into it to get it singing.
This might also be the guitar to have a go at with the sander for some subtle relic touches.
To be continued...