Total Refurbish of Trashed Fly Deluxe

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Page 9 WOW!!

Started scuffing up the primered bridge & it looks very good & matte, might spray a 2nd coat & work it over with the scotch brite pads & not spray paint on it to make it real shiny....
Going to take it outside & spray more primer on the bridge & let it sit in the sun & bake
Thinking about putting Q-Tips in the strings holes so they won't get coated inside by the primer/paint as the strings need to ground inside of there or cleaning them out with a 22 brass gun brush till the holes are shiny inside... Just a thought as I have seen several times the B string not grounding & the piezo looses its signal on that string...
Note:I am putting the old polymer bushing in the trem arm hole to keep paint out of there as it fits tightly & it uncoated by Parker & put a piece of rubber tubing on the wire to also keep it clean...
MORE TO COME! I like the matte finish on the tremolo = Vibrato...
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Painted the bridge one coat of Matte Black, More to come..
Sanding out some cracks in the finish that mate with the grain of the poplar
Then filled them with #10 CA Glue & have now scraped it back
MORE SANDING Coming
12:00 NOON Now Thursday 6/30/22
Gary
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Worked on sculpting the lower horn & grain filled the bare wood I exposed with Timber Mate
Moved the Parker to the stand
Cleaned the worktable 1/2 off & covered the Takamine
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dayn wrote: Wed Sep 22, 2021 2:50 pm That is a WILD find, and an AMBITIOUS project! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
same. That hole, it's a tear jerker. I once played an old fly like that in a sam ash in Charlotte, NC. It seemed like it had been dragged behind a car. Still an amazing neck. But they were so unhelpful at that store I just handed it back to them and walked out.
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My son just picked up a blue Eastwood Spectrum 5 for his upcoming 31st birthday & did a setup on it yesterday with .010" Nanoweb strings
It has a tremolo that is very Fender Jaguar/Jazzmaster like
My Takamine is finished & hanging ready for the studio


I got back on the Fly this morning & don't have photos after some sanding of the grain filler + that broken off lower horn
Put a brass screw in the hollow of the spot & packed epoxy putty around the screw & sculpted it into shape
Just started sanding that area & have it really close
I want to clear coat the bridge in a while outside in the humid air & might put a coat of primer sealer on the body worked spots
On the bridge I put six pieces of small heat shrink tubing in the holes so the grounds to the strings won't be lost to the piezo saddles & can easily be removed after paint & clear, Matte Black then clear coat. Masked off the bottom & under the saddles, should look new, If not I can still buy one
I think WI Guitar has one in his stash, should have gone that way & got the new bearings etc. with the bridge
My way I know it's all new & right though
Coming together
Get Ken Parker to comment on the electronics
That will be next after the body work
Going to remove the Sperzel Tuners to give me a mount for hanging to paint
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I want to try an get the three white stickers made for the front & back of the Parkers headstock + the serial #
The lady who made my Takamine Logo said if I take a photo with a ruler, she can reproduce it in vinal
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Here's a photo of the Eastwood Spectrum 5
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Very cool!!

FYI—there’s a headstock logo linked in this thread that you can use to make your own waterslide logo.
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Thanks VJ, I will look into that or just have the lady make them from photos with a ruler

Been sanding more & had to add epoxy in a few small areas, got that crud all over my fingers & got it off with a towel & then acetone
I think it's better than auto body filler & way harder & very similar to the stuff used by Parker Guitars, reminds me of a plastic or polymer when dried
These pictures are messy but after it dries overnight not much will be left of the epoxy just where the dings were
NOTE: Little short neck rest for the Fly with double leather & thin sponge in between, just keeps the tuners off the table
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Five more photos I had of the epoxy being applied to the dings, JB Weld Kwik Wood IIRC, In one of the pictures...
It's Coming Together...
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Have been thinking about ordering a NEW SET of Sperzel Tuners from Ron Spercel
They work but aren't AS NEW...
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Looking good! I think I only say that sincerely when seeing guitars.
Summary of the Parker Guitars speculator market, 2020-2022: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_fool_theory
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It has really been a lot of work & time repairing this Parker Fly Deluxe = Initial $30 investment
Still haven't sat down & tried to figure out the electronics problem & have it 100% stripped out now in a zip lock bag
Figure there will be several more hours of sanding + as far as body work goes then primer + sealer + paint + clear coat & re-assembly, setup & who knows what else I will encounter
I have every part except the three refined metal style knobs
Should go look & get those coming too
It's getting closer every day
Don't work on it 100% of the time & keep getting other projects etc. that come in the way

I have an old Ovation 1617 Legend that needs a setup + battery or check of the preamp + just got the strings from Elixir = .010"-.047" Nanoweb
Need to clean the dual stacked potentiometer & remove the preamp & clean that poor old thing out with De-Ox-It
Hopefully it won't need an electrical repair or replacement as a new old stock preamps cost $165 now days = more than the guitar cost back in the early 80s, anyhow the 1617 will step in front of the Parker this afternoon & the Fly will be back on the bench again

Need to go ahead & get the primer sealer, paint & clear coat as the weather has changed from Hot Humid to almost perfect conditions for the process
Was thinking about making a paint area up in my laundry room with plastic, filters, fan etc. but may just shoot it out in my garage hanging from a hook or fixture, I can bend a piece of thread all & use spacers & washers smaller than the Sperzel's washers & put a screw eye in the shops ceiling
Just something else to think about
11:00am = Time for a Nap, got an eBay auction to watch @ 3:00pm
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MORE SANDING
Getting tired of sanding that Super HARD Parker Paint
The more I think I'm getting somewhere then I find another ding or scrape, scratch & then start to sand it out
Need some 180 240 420 grit + 800
Have been using several items as sanding blocks = erasers, wood block with sponge, round foam with wood interior, wine cork etc. to get the contours just right, no wonder I got out of auto body repair = just too much work
My hands hurt + arthritis on top of that
Need sandpaper in the right grits so I'm finished for today, besides I can't feel my fingers + stick them 4-5 daily to check my blood sugar
NOT COMPLAINING just stating the facts...
Black is the worst color to finish in body repair, shows every imperfection
A few more photos as I ended up cleaning up the dust & mess afterwards
Need to shake out the towel & wash it & wipe the table off with baby wipes
Gary
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