Inside the Mac, and retouching tips

Opened up for a checking and a cleaning. Looks like recent work done.

From the top, suspended thing that gets pushed down onto the reverb by the lever on the back, not sure if it should have a pad on it to mute it or something:

The mechanism in the top:

Funny angle board shot:

Also did some more to the Washburn patch up. And touch up paint and a colour matching expert may be closer at had than you though:


New amp arrive. Weird one.

Been a bit since any amp related updates, cause I’ve mostly been filing saddles on acoustics and wiping oil on the Wishbass, not interesting or photogenic. Kind of went too much on the oil on the Wishbass and it got smears, had a go at buffing it back with white spirit and a clean cloth, but mostly made it go dull again. Another go over with very fine wet and dry and a more cautious wipe over with oil is next plan.

Anyway, here is what my Dad dropped off today (got his courier to collect it).

Looks cool, weirdly the handles are bolted to the back panel, so to get the back off, I ended up unbolting the handles, which is was stood on. Can’t make much sense of it.

Advertised as 100w, but definitely not, those are EL84 or similar. Looks like it has had a dropping and knocked the transformer wonky, and been stuffed in the box with no heed to the new shape. Covering is a weird soft leathery stuff, thick and squashy to the touch.

Weird mechanism relating to the reverb there, moving a tongue poking out above the back cover pushes something down on the reverb, dunno what it does till I have it apart proper, and too tired for that today. Pics tomorrow.

Also arrived, pile of cheap strats, let me know if you want any:

Check out the forearm contour cut the wrong way on the Rockwood on the right.

Joy of epoxy

Classic shipping damage. If you are sending a guitar, take off the strap button, it will save a bunch of hassle:

Thick finish all chipped, and a big hole pounded into the wood. I’ve already put superglue around the area to stick down the finish edges so don’t lose any more. That isn’t going to steam out, so is fill the hole and redrill. Mixed up some epoxy putty an stuck in in the hole. Because its pretty cold weather, it still isn’t hard enough to do the cunning refin thing, so you’ll have to stay tuned for that.

Did bunches of other stuff, nothing photogenic, strung acoustics, used some leftover epoxy to fill a weird angled nut bass on a Fender acoustic, not sure what was going on there, but someone had previously had a go at filling with superglue.

Also wiped down the Wishbass with white spirit on a rag round a magnet to try and lose the wire wool bits, lot of dirt, guess shed abrasive came off it. ran superglue into the cracks, probably should have done before first oil, but was hoping they’d fill along with the pores. Probably do an oil coat tomorrow.

For Sale stuff

Pics of all these are in the history. I could do with some Christmas money. I can arrange shipping amps, but would rather you arranged collection.

Sound city Bass 150, the tidier of the two,  [SOLD]

Peavey 5150 MK 1: SOLD

Sound City 120 energiser Slave: [SOLD]

EHX Freeze pedal:  [SOLD]

Empty 70s (Carlsbro at a guess) 4×12 [SOLD]

A dead Sound City 120 if you feel like doing one up[SOLD]

Shortscale Encore precision style bass [SOLD]

A mate is selling a Sound City 120 with a Hiwatt style preamp (boo) for [SOLD]

Open to offers on most stuff on this blog, but they’d have to be good offers.

First oil coat on Wishbass

This is a day after the oil and steel wool. I see some sparklies so will have to get a bigger magnet. Is fairly cold so might have to wait a day or two more for it to stop being tacky then fine wet and dry over it.

And the back, pretty much gone round the bark at this stage, would just shred the wire wool and be a pain.

No pics this time

Not done much worth photoing, day of picking the brain of Eltham Jones in his workshop: http://www.edgeguitarservices.co.uk/

Did do the next step of finishing on the Wishbass, all sanded to 320 grit, went over it with 0000 steel wool and thinned danish oil, idea being the fine abrasiveness makes a slurry with the oil that fills the pores. Wool might be a bit fine for the purpose, butis what I had. This does leave you with a scattering of iron filings about the surface, figred a plan for this, wrap a magnet in clingfilm, and use it to gather the filings, then you can peel off  the film and still have a clean magnet.

Wishbass progress

Taken to cutting sandpaper into narrow strips to sand out the inside curves, hold the ends and pull it back and forth. Once those were smooth (which was coupla days sanding sessions) moved to a 280 grit sponge sanding block. I like this, went over everything quickly then had a ho at using white spirit as a sanding lubricant, but I stepped back off a step and chucked it everywhere, so I spread it about so can get a ‘wet’ pic to show how the wood should look (it will be shinier with more sanding and danish oil):