even before i have finished my other projects i have started a new one - a late 80's early 90's S540. i picked it up for dirt cheap ($56) so i figured it was worth a shot to try and rescue and enjoy.
here's a pic of it just arriving and out of the shipping box.
one word - UGLY
here's the back - EEEEWWW.
i figured i had two issues to deal with when i bought it. first issue was a neck crack. not just a simple seperation but a full on crack that lifted the fretboard away from the neck. not sure who he had do the repair but whomever it was did a fantastic job and you almost don't even feel the crack. this is a non issue now after seeing and feeling it in person.
here it is after a few hours of sanding and i layed the neck and trem on it to get an idea of the finished look - well kinda.
many more hours of sanding to go
here's a shot of the neck after i spent a couple hours prepping and cleaning. i'm very happy with the neck. the headstock looks good, the back of the neck is in good shape, neck crack was reapired correctly, fretboard is nice and dark with a nice grain and the frets have very little wear. so far so good.
you can see in some of those pics that someone tried to drill a 3rd hole on the body. i'll most likely end up putting dummy knobs on it. i would prefer no tone controls if i get the pups installed and just use my volume for all my control.
i plan to refinish with a clear coat if possible. i would rather that than painting it.
i'm getting all the parts together (i have most of what i need) and will try to find another Double Whammy dimarzio for the bridge and maybe a PAF for the neck.
i'll repost as i progress.