I've been a jemsite 'observer' for quite a while and have picked up numerous tips from the threads, which I've really enjoyed reading.
I recently bought a 1981 DT400 which I plan to upgrade/restore, and could use some help/suggestions. I can't post links or pictures yet, but it's a pretty banged-up version of the "tiger flame" DT400 (with the dot inlays unfortunately, not the beautiful block inlays).
I've been after one of these for ages - I love it to bits and it actually plays pretty good, but the electronics are shot (pickups might be OK, but the pots and toggle switch are a write-off), the frets are worn and the hardware is pretty aged. It's got lots of dings all over it, but that doesn't bother me much - kind of adds to the vintage vibe
My main problem is that the post spacing for the bridge is 76mm rather than the more common 74mm (2-29/32") spacing. The stopbar should be fine - the poles are 82cm apart which seems more standard. Please correct me if I'm wrong - I am not an expert on these tunomatic bridges.
I was wondering if anyone has restored/upgraded this model (or similar) and could recommend a specific model of bridge? I've had a look and found a couple with adjustable post spacing which might work, but it would be great if someone could tell me for sure.
I'd also love any general tips/suggestions you might have for me. As I said, I'm not too fussed about the dings and stuff, it's more a case of making it more playable by replacing:
- gold tuning pegs (leaning towards schaller locking tuners)
- gold bridge/tailpiece (help!)
- pickups (leaning towards gold-covered EMGs)
- pots/switch (I've got some I can use, or use EMG quick connect parts)
- nut (I know nothing about these - suggestions would be great!)
Also, does anyone know if EMG make a quick connect 3-way (les paul style) toggle switch? They seem to only have strat/tele ones on their website. I can always solder a normal switch via their "bus" (I've done this before) but it would be ideal to keep the solderless system solderless I guess.
Thanks in advance, any tips at all are appreciated! Will put some pictures up as soon as I'm able.