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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:34 pm    Post subject: Musima Eterna fixer-upper Reply with quote


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Already mentioned this in that thread about orientating the control labels of guitars that have too many controls, but thought I'd post a few pics of the project now it's pretty much done.

So I got this Musima Eterna for £110 on the bay. That may sound a little steep, but I already had this project planned-out in my head the moment I saw it.





I wanted to add some active electronics to a guitar, and this seemed basket-casey enough that I wouldn't feel too bad about routing it for a battery box.

Here's the Thumbcutter preamp/fuzz based on a Germanium boost with a Germanium clipping circuit for the fuzz.






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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Musima Eterna fixer-upper Reply with quote

Nice job on that one. It must have been a hell of a job to clean that one up?

How has it been stored to look like that?

And hows the neck?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a guess it'd been stored somewhere damp, then allowed to dry out. It was in an absolutely decrepit gig bag, that I had to cut away from the guitar. The pickguards on these decay horrifically, oxidising and fucking-up any metal hardware near them. There was a fair bit of oxidation under the chrome(?) plating on the pickups and tailpiece, so a bit of the plating came off in cleaning. It wasn't actually too arduous a job. Fortunately all the pickups still worked, I just chose to only have two for those out-of-phase sounds.

The neck is perfectly straight and the action is great - as low as you'd need, with no buzzing or owt. The neck is a bit fat up the high notes though.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super save!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy shit guy you turned that one around... nice work
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoah, that looks impossible.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cool! i have one of these here as a wall-hanger only, since the switches won't move and it doesn't make a sound. should fix it, cuz it looks pretty damn hot.

those pickguards seem to be responsible for the oxidation - they have something toxic in them, seriously.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

timhulio wrote:
I'm a guess it'd been stored somewhere damp, then allowed to dry out. It was in an absolutely decrepit gig bag, that I had to cut away from the guitar. The pickguards on these decay horrifically, oxidising and fucking-up any metal hardware near them. There was a fair bit of oxidation under the chrome(?) plating on the pickups and tailpiece, so a bit of the plating came off in cleaning. It wasn't actually too arduous a job. Fortunately all the pickups still worked, I just chose to only have two for those out-of-phase sounds.

The neck is perfectly straight and the action is great - as low as you'd need, with no buzzing or owt. The neck is a bit fat up the high notes though.


Well great job!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great work Tim. It looked beyond saving.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you need to do anything to the neck? Did you know if it was straight when you saved it?

In any case, beautiful resto-mod....love everything about it.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, you really turned that one around.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You must have had one hell of a vision for it because that initial pic would have scared me off. What a save!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nick wrote:
Did you need to do anything to the neck? Did you know if it was straight when you saved it?

In any case, beautiful resto-mod....love everything about it.


I didn't know the neck was straight until it arrived, but I've got the original neck from the Elgita as a spare. Oddly the headstock has a slight warp. I don't know how you'd deal with something like that - claps and steam? Anyway it's not too noticeable. I'll get a decent photo of the neck and action though. Was really surprised how playable it is.

The rust kinda looks worse than it was, and it came off quickly with the scotchbrite / WD40 method.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like they had more tarnish than rust.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

timhulio wrote:


I didn't know the neck was straight until it arrived, but I've got the original neck from the Elgita as a spare. Oddly the headstock has a slight warp. I don't know how you'd deal with something like that - claps and steam? Anyway it's not too noticeable. I'll get a decent photo of the neck and action though. Was really surprised how playable it is.

The rust kinda looks worse than it was, and it came off quickly with the scotchbrite / WD40 method.


If the warp on the headstock isn't messing with anything I'd just leave it as-is.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kim Gordon used one of those as her main guitar after she switched over from bass due to arthritis.
First time I ever saw one was back in 96 or 97 when they were touring Washing Machine.
I'd love to find one someday.
You're lucky to have two.
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