So, I've had this guitar for a while now and am very happy with it
- smooth player, plenty of timbre options with the switching.
The original scratchplate was broken around the tone pot so it had to go; also pretty 'meh' aesthetically, so in keeping with the 80s origins, some kitsch was due. Ordered a sheet of vintage pearl from Warmoth...
Don't have bandsaw or anything, so it was many hours with a hack saw, files and sandpaper. Not a pro job by any means but you'd have to look close to see. Shielded the underside with copper tape, of course.
New pots: Bourns/EVH volume and CTS tone (both 500k). I like a loose feeling volume so the EVH was just the ticket. The taper of both is much better, originals too linear. Because the original tone was a mini pot, I had to file the body cavity a bit for the CTS to fit. Though the knobs were advertised as fitting American pots, they didn't
, so they had to be drilled out.
Treble bleed mod, new cap, trem springs, stainless steel intonation and nut pad screws as per NGD thread.
And that's it
. I feel that the stock 1770s are let down aesthetically by the scratchplates, so this is, imo, a nice upgrade.