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BY Single coil
#770809
Found one of these as a wreck on the tard.
We had one at high school (in heaps better nick) which I tried to buy off the music teacher some years later.

Anyway here we are, whatever, let's get on with the reveal, and then I'll post some yuck ass gore photos:

1983 Aria pro II CS250.

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Things I have replaced, and why:

Bridge
The original bridge is really cool. It is recessed into the body; clever design that goes hand in hand with the neck which extends all the way under the neck pickup. Unfortunately, it only came with two and a half saddles. I tried so hard to find replacement saddles but ... Nah. Rocking horse shit. So I took a punt on a hardtail and made it work.
Fortunately, I didn't need to make any more holes or anything. Pretty cool!

Tuners
Originals were old and tired. When I bought the replacements, I thought they'd line up with the existing holes ... Oops. :clap: Not that it's a collectors piece or anything, lol.

All the wiring and electrics, except the pickups and 3 way toggle
Had no idea if it all worked or not. Does now!

Nut
Original was fucked.

Fret level and dress, lots of pissing round to straighten the neck, a simple setup and here we are!



Right. That's that, now here's some gore. She was in a right state.

Here are the frets before I got to them. Note the amount of shit on the board.

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Buggered nut:

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Missing ferrule :| (replaced with a gotoh set lol)

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So. Much. Crap.

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The OG bridge plate:

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Saddles gore ... The originals are offset, so the strat style ones kludged in there weren't going to work in any universe.

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Broke the knob (???) glued it and fixed it though :angel:

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The original jack, which was ... soldered in, really poorly, and had fuckin' sellotape around the join . . . Then the jack was so rooted it was stuck in the plate. Got there in the end.

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Old wiring:

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A successful rendition, but I didn't know that yet :lol:

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... And that's that. So now I hope I get to keep this one, cuz I really don't want to have to flog it off.

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Last edited by Single coil on Tue Mar 13, 2018 10:19 am, edited 4 times in total.
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BY willow13
#770811
I would just smooth the frets and leave it like it is...its badass

I assume its an Ash body? looks heavy
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BY Single coil
#770814
Ash body with an accuratf bolt on system. It is quite light and very well balanced.
The santana is quite hefty by comparison being all mahogany.

Neck starts small and gets progressively comfier up at the higher registers.
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BY Single coil
#770820
Molly wrote:I think I have a bridge that'll fit this. You're welcome to it if you want a replacement.


Oh fuck yes. Please make a note and I’ll fire you whatever it costs to post.
... unless you want the tailpiece shit I have, then I’m happy to mail you that.


Clanger wrote:Never seen one of those. Quite like it - looks a bit smelly too (extra cudos).


It was a bit whiffy, yeah. :wink:
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BY Single coil
#770830
Aaaaah, it's top mount strat style.
The original one is set in, and is sorta built to spec. I don't think your one will work unless I fill the original bridge route, but it was a very kind thought.
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BY Single coil
#770843
I don’t think anyone else in the 5th form knew what coil tap was, or why the weird sg copy was making tele noises. Felt pretty special when I worked that out :lol:
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BY Single coil
#770899
That’s the one I have :cool:
#770907
Single coil wrote:I don’t think anyone else in the 5th form knew what coil tap was, or why the weird sg copy was making tele noises. Felt pretty special when I worked that out :lol:


I don't think there is any doubt that you're special :thumbup: