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« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2010, 10:59:04 PM »
I cut through the finish with a razor blade and removed the masking tape:





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'73 Washburn W240 (Under Restoration)
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
'73 Sivertone Model 319
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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical (Son's)
'10 Washburn WC150SW Classical
Washburn Rover RO20 Travel Guitar
Behringer ACX450

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« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2010, 11:01:38 PM »
After prep, I glued the bridge with hide glue.  After final shim and trimming, the neck followed.

Gluing the bridge

The shim

Gluing the neck

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'73 Washburn W240 (Under Restoration)
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
'73 Sivertone Model 319
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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical (Son's)
'10 Washburn WC150SW Classical
Washburn Rover RO20 Travel Guitar
Behringer ACX450

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« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2010, 11:04:43 PM »
The final result was satisfying.  Not perfect, mind you, but very satisfying.  Yes, there are small flaws in places, but I'm not losing any sleep over them!

 Neck and body joint

Neck joint

The alignment is good, too!

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'73 Washburn W240 (Under Restoration)
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
'73 Sivertone Model 319
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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical (Son's)
'10 Washburn WC150SW Classical
Washburn Rover RO20 Travel Guitar
Behringer ACX450

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« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2010, 11:07:53 PM »
After dressing the frets, I'll finalize the bone saddle and nut dimensions and prepare for restringing.  I can't wait!

Mark

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'73 Washburn W240 (Under Restoration)
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
'73 Sivertone Model 319
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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical (Son's)
'10 Washburn WC150SW Classical
Washburn Rover RO20 Travel Guitar
Behringer ACX450

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« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2010, 11:08:25 AM »
Great thread Mark! Belated thanks for the time and efforts to share the info here.
And it's good to know those W Serie Beckmen imports have a dovetailed neck joint...
« Last Edit: August 30, 2010, 11:16:47 AM by spt »
 

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« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2010, 02:28:44 PM »
Thank you so much for this thread, Mark. I learned a lot and the pictures are fantastic as I am an audio-visual learner. I guess being born and raised in Missouri compounds the problem, too. Nice job.

Rarely do words alone adequately express the emotions inside, it's the accompaniment that embellishes them with passion. Even when you play as poorly as I. -- JonBouye
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« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2010, 09:59:50 PM »
Final update.

It's done.  Finished.

Well, I do need to paint or decal Washburn on the headstock.  Other than that, it's back together.  I had a few setbacks...


After initially rejoicing about finishing the neck reset, I was dismayed to realize that I hadn't cut the neck angle correctly - I didn't cut enough off.  My saddle was still to low.  And after all that work, it just about made me sick.  Then the fingerboard popped up from the body.  That was the last straw.  I HAD to take the neck back off.  I mulled and mulled about it, but could not leave this job like this...

So...off the neck came.  Since I had made a substantial hole for my angled caul behind the neck block, I used a larger tube to steam the neck back off.  It came off pretty easily this time, solidifying the fact that I did not get a good set.  Additionally, I used only one shim, and that shim wasn't as wide as the neck v-block mating surface.  Lesson learned.  When making shims, make them as wide as the neck block and don't use rosewood!

After letting the guitar dry for a few days, I found some walnut scraps and made shims from them.  I reset the angle on the neck, and made sure the shims fit very tightly.  My original batch of hide glue was far from perfect, and about a month or two old - another no-no.  I made some fresh glue, and used it.

This time, the neck angle came out perfect!  My saddle height is spot on, and my string height is great!  She plays like a new guitar!

Another change I made was to cancel plans for the K&K sound 12 string pickup.  Yes, they are great pickups.  I canceled because I didn't have room enough on my bridge plate after I reinstalled the bridge doctor (to keep the top flat from now on).  I opted for a B-Band A3T preamp with UST (under saddle transducer).  This meant that I had to cut two holes in the sides of my guitar, but it was worth it.  It sounds great!

Here are some final shots of the work:

The front.

The side.  I really love the grain!

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'73 Washburn W240 (Under Restoration)
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
'73 Sivertone Model 319
« Last Edit: September 24, 2010, 10:20:59 PM by mcloud10 »
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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical (Son's)
'10 Washburn WC150SW Classical
Washburn Rover RO20 Travel Guitar
Behringer ACX450

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« Reply #22 on: September 24, 2010, 10:02:07 PM »
Here are some comparison pics:

 String height and angle are much better.

 The neck joint is much cleaner.

 The body is much nicer!

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'73 Washburn W240 (Under Restoration)
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
'73 Sivertone Model 319
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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical (Son's)
'10 Washburn WC150SW Classical
Washburn Rover RO20 Travel Guitar
Behringer ACX450

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« Reply #23 on: September 24, 2010, 10:05:10 PM »
I have to admit, cutting the hole hurt!

 Preamp hole.

 The result is worth it!

 The jack and battery case came out nicely, too.

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'73 Washburn W240 (Under Restoration)
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
'73 Sivertone Model 319
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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical (Son's)
'10 Washburn WC150SW Classical
Washburn Rover RO20 Travel Guitar
Behringer ACX450

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« Reply #24 on: September 24, 2010, 10:07:35 PM »
Some final shots:

 Old back to new back.  I like it!  (Note: there are few reflections that look like off-grain blemishes!)

 My 12er back to life again!

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'73 Washburn W240 (Under Restoration)
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
'73 Sivertone Model 319
« Last Edit: September 24, 2010, 10:16:59 PM by mcloud10 »
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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical (Son's)
'10 Washburn WC150SW Classical
Washburn Rover RO20 Travel Guitar
Behringer ACX450

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« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2010, 10:15:42 PM »
If you're interested, I'll leave a link to many more photos of my work:

http://s373.photobucket.com/albums/oo172/MarkEdward_01/Washburn%2012%20String%20Guitar%20Project/

I'll try and post some video and audio to give a taste of what she sounds like.

A deep heartfelt thanks to Frank Ford and Frets.com for his incredible photo essays, instructions, and descriptions, and to Marguerite of fretnotguitarrepair.com for her photo essays and instructions.  Both were invaluable helps to me.  

Also, to all my friends and acquaintances here on the forum, for your help and support -- many, many thanks!

Mark

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'73 Washburn W240 (Under Restoration)
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical
'89 Washburn C10N Classical
'73 Sivertone Model 319
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'71 Yamaha FG-300 (in restoration)
'73 Washburn W240
'08 Washburn D10SCE
'08 Washburn D10QBK (Son's)
'09 Washburn C104SCE Classical (Son's)
'10 Washburn WC150SW Classical
Washburn Rover RO20 Travel Guitar
Behringer ACX450

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« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2010, 10:38:10 PM »
Holy poop Mark! Your work is amazing!

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« Reply #27 on: September 25, 2010, 12:41:47 AM »
Great job Mark! These W240's sound pretty good for an all laminate 12er...
 

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« Reply #28 on: September 25, 2010, 01:15:52 AM »
Mark, She sure looks fantastic. I bet she sounds as good as she looks so tickle her once for me. I can hardly wait for the videos so I can hear it. Congrates on a job well done.
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« Reply #29 on: September 25, 2010, 07:21:04 AM »
Good looking job, Mark. Some nice work done there.