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'66 Mustang restored by my g/f. Back to original Dakota Red.

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:20 am    Post subject: '66 Mustang restored by my g/f. Back to original Dakota Red. Reply with quote

This is a 9/66 Mustang that had the yellow paint DEEP into the wood, drover her crazy getting it out.
The owner bought an original guard, and a set of matched Lollar pickups were used. Luckily, all but 1 of the original screws were put back into the holes!
Dawn mixed the Dakota Red Nitro lacquer and sprayed it on thin after the correct base coat, just as Fender did in 1966.
The neck was fine...so after some fret polishing, cleaning, re-assembly and a good set-up, it was like new. The owner was VERY happy.

Here with my '69. This thing was really YELLOW!!


After the work.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stunning work, you've returned that to it's considerable former glory. Amazing.

Always had a deep love for Dakota Red Mustangs.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exceedingly well done.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

top notch job.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really liked the yellow colour, the pickguard on the yellow version was real ugly though. Nice job, the red looks real nice too.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bad ass
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

stewart wrote:
top notch job.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drastic improvement!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel like I've seen that butchered pickguard before but I cant remember where. I can't really tell from the photos, the dakota red looks like a fine refinish, but that graffiti yellow looked pretty nice to me.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work. I didn't mind the yellow, but that pickguard was a mess. Smile Much better now.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good work! That really looks great, love Dakota Red.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your girl did a top notch job. Looks ace.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great.

I'm wondering, did it change the tone of the guitar?

My MMII has a lousy home-done refinish by a prior owner, it should really be refinished properly.
But a bandmate advised me not to do it, if I liked the way the guitar sounded now.
He said he had an expensive guitar refinished, and afterwards the guitar never sounded the same.He wound up selling it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a sucker for graffiti yellow, but that's a really nice restoration.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

She's a keeper Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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She's a keeper Smile


You mean the gf? I agree.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You mean the gf? I agree.


Yeah. And the guitar.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the refin looks great but I still like the yellow version. Pearl buttons in the PG screw holes would have been nice too.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MMPicker wrote:
He said he had an expensive guitar refinished, and afterwards the guitar never sounded the same.


I've heard people say this before, apparently it happened with Rory Gallagher's white Tele from his Taste days, and was the impoteus for Bill Nelson switching from an old Gibson semi to a Yamaha SG2000... but I think it pertains more to replacing a thin nitro finish with a thick poly one. Nitro never fully cures and poly is a thick plastic shell, so I guess I can kind of buy that some would find the instrument radically altered in some way.
On Fender guitars though, I've never perceived any kind of difference with body refinishing with Strats (or even different bodies in a couple cases). They all had poly finishes at all times, but different types and were even different body woods.
They say guitar players listen with the eye at times.
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