Friend has a sentimental attachment or something to this piece... he's asked me to fix it up a bit for him.
It's an Epoch made by Gibson and Baldwin. It was probably $75 new. So thank goodness I'm not the one who's going to pay for any of the parts to fix this because I'd never waste money or time like that.
So after going over it, I'm coming up with a plan to get this thing playable again.
The nut is just plain missing, the tuners are crap and one is broken, the switch tip is missing, and the knobs are broken or missing, and the tremolo cover is missing two screws.
The tuners are going to be replaced with these. As it is guitarfetish.com, and the guitar is chinese, I expect it to be a direct fit. if not I'll have to borrow a dremel.
I'm going to find a 42mm pre-slotted nut. I've never glued one in before, what kind of glue does one use?
Instead of finding a switch tip, I think I'm going to gut and rewire the whole electronics. He's looking for a gibson-esque experience so I'm doing a switchcraft switch but I'm sticking with mini pots as those are stock. To be very gibson-esque, I thought of doing a 300K linear volume and a 500K tone.
The stock buckers look like crap and I haven't strung the guitar up to hear it, but I'll bet that GFS would be a BIG improvement. The kid likes metal and so I'm thinking their 14K crunchy pat or whatever it's called. Dunno, what do you guys think? I have a JB laying around but JB+Plywood may not = awesome.
Fixing up a piece of crap is not what I call fun. And sorry to bore you guys with such a lame project... but any help on the installation the nut and the choosing of the pickups would be cool.
I also wanna polish the frets, they could really use it. that's just a "steel wool and painter's tape" kinda thing right? I've read about the job but have never performed it.
Anyways, pics. Hopefully the thing will look like a "beginner's guitar" and not a "piece of $***" when I'm done