I think I see what you did there, so here is some epiphone related content.
This one belongs to quite a good friend of mine. I said I'd get it all up and shiny and doing the things uhh... About a year ago, probably. I did ... Minimal work on it. It came with me up north, it sat in the ex's wardrobe until she politely asked me to move out (tart), so what little I did was basically redundant.
Figured I'm going down to dorkland this Thursday, so let's deal to the old tart before then!
As it sits, things I need to still procure are a 9 volt battery (if you hate actives, leave now) and a set of strings. Wonder if I should start stocking them.
Epiphone LP custom "prophecy". Emg 81/85, quilt top (maybe), slim neck
bound everything, rah rah rah.
The tailpiece is super corroded - We'll come back to that later.
Grovers as standard, plastic nut, rah rah rah.
Sigh, some fret guff.
Here we are folks: The main attraction! (or not)
This picture is to remind me which way the wire goes
It'll plug in both ways, but it'll only work one way. Yes, I've made the mistake before.
What got me, (pictured, poorly) is how big the routes were under the cap. It appears to be two pieces (i.e back and top), but man, I hope the size of the "routes" shows. Could just be that it's weight relieved, and I've never seen it before, and I'm a muppet.
The ZW set, and whoever else.
Probably not epiphone's finest work in here. 2008, china.
This one is with the flash on to light up the route to selector switch.
25k pots, shitloads of mess going to battery box and 3 prong jack, and '60s wiring. "The tone didn't do jack shit", he said. So, '50s wiring coming soon.
I went to do the usual scouring pad neck trick. Some reason, it didn't work so well; even after proper gentle steel wool and buffing and so on, I was left with these annoying bloody marks. They have been called "battle scars" by the owner, who appears to be thrilled. I guess I'm doing something right.
Not my proudest moment, but whatever. Moving on.
These little marks only just show in the shot. I will try to buff them out.
This is it, after just a cut (phase one).
Tuners off so I can do the headstock face. Funky little masking line
"Made in China" sticker came off with the masking tape. I don't think that'll be too far missed somehow.
Headstock face, after a cut.
You can sorta see the "inlays" are a sticker under the 6 foot of clear. This isn't news; it just shows here.
Yeahp, well . . . .
Sodding 24 fret guitar.
Pissed about with all that. Figured before I go from 60s to 50s wiring, it was a good idea to give the pots a bit of a clean.
Aaaaaand there we go.
Pictured, my friend Rebecca, who is moving to Queenstown
... While the wax is drying on the guitar.
Working on it while it's hanging is actually heaps easier, I've found.
Now, the saddles - Sandpaper didn't strike me as a good move, given it will take away actual saddle material. So, I stuck them on the wire wheel and gave them a polish on the buffing wheel thing while I was at it. I'm half expecting the owner to go a bit mental with it sooner or later - He has mentioned wanting different pickups in it.
One of the saddles didn't quite want to go back in - Rebecca decided to have a go, and eventually gave up in disgust.
We eventually got the bridge back together. Looks kinda cool with the steel or aluminium or whatever it is. Better than it was, for sure.
Knobbies, before and after.
Stopbar anchors, before and after.
Huh, strap buttons are brass underneath. Weird.
Got a bit uhh ... Overzealous with the buffer. Jack fell out. Buffer threw it across the shed
No real harm done - Soldered it back on (all 3 bloody prongs). Also, it's a switchcraft.
Someone before me has been in here. No way the factory wiring is this backyard spec.
Special guest: Bridge spring from the rg the other week, lol.
All buffed and mostly ready for reassembly.
Just while it was hanging, I noticed some of the frets were lifting (???) Gently hammered them back in [aided by a piece of wood] after reassembly.
Off the noose - Tuners going in while neck wax dries.
As it sits now:
Collecting the remainder of my things from now ex's house tomorrow - Should be able to get this one set up and playing after that.