Westone Thunder 1-T Rebuild pt 2â€¦The Damage
The guitar arrived safely, although frankly if it had been kicked to my house from 200 miles away the damage wouldn’t have been much worse! I unpacked it and before any stripping down, I took a few photos and got a basic overview of what needs doing. It’s a pretty extensive list…the issues are as follows;
- Pickup selector switch brokenÂ
- Mini Toggle switch broken
- Nut missing
- Both pickup rings broken, and mounting screws all chewed up and rusty
- Missing machine head ferrule
- Bridge saddles rusted, all screws in nasty conditon
- Jack socket missing
- Tremelo cover missing
- Tremelo arm missing
- Some frets in poor condition
- 2 neck screws missing, others damaged
- wiring looks very shoddy..no idea if the pickups work
- Body has gouges and scrapes, paintwork in very bad condition
So I have my work cut out for me! On the plus side, the body feels weighty and substantial and the neck looks good. I reckon all the rest is fixable with these two good fundamentals.
Close up of the damage
In a flurry of enthusiasm I stripped the whole thing apart, unsoldered the remaining wiring, removing the pickups and bagging everything for later investigation.
I had two pieces of luck straight away…my parts box gave up a matching machine head ferrule and I had a spare Tremelo arm, bought for my Squier Strat but the wrong thread..it fits the Westone perfectly!
The body will need sanding, filling and re-spraying, and I won’t be returning it to black…I feel like a new colour and the current condition Â is so poor a refinish won’t harm the guitar’s value.
I’m thinking maybe a darkish metallic blue/grey colour I have seen…A Volvo car colour.
The wiring mess
IÂ have also toyed with the idea of metal pickup covers, but it seems pointless buying parts until I know if they work or not. I may need two new humbuckers.
Next post I’ll begin the rebuild. Thanks for reading!