Jazz Sound JB45 Project (with pics).

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Post by stratman323 » Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:29 pm

Just had a quick look in The Bible - Norman's book of guitar porn. :P 1950 Broadcasters seem to have slotted SP screws, 1952 Teles appear to be Philips.

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Post by GrumpyOldMan » Mon Feb 22, 2010 2:40 pm

Thanks.
I'll have a look at my '79 precision later, I'm not sure where it is at the moment. I think my son has nicked off with it :o. I'm sure you're right though but I had it in my head it had slotted screws, I've only owned it 29 years and obviously haven't paid as much attention to it as I thought I had. One thing that I am certain of though, and this might be what has confused me, is that the bridge height adjusters are definitely slotted screws rather than the later allen head adjusters.

Thanks again,
Ian.

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Finished (ish)

Post by GrumpyOldMan » Sun Mar 21, 2010 2:55 pm

Hello all,
Well I've more or less finished the Tokai and very nice it has turned out. It plays magnificently (as I expected) and sounds fantastic.
here are the pics.

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I got a genuine Fender scratchplate which I expected to fit but as you can see the holes don't all line up and it's only a 10 hole but I got it cheap and it will do for now.

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Replacement electrics. Yes I know I have missed the earth wire to the pot!

The volume pots behave strangely actually. When they are both turned up full the volume actually goes down a little. Haven't had time to sort that yet, could it be something to do with the unconnected earth wire?

Hope you like it?

Ian.

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Post by stratman323 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 3:02 pm

I like it a lot. Well done, you should be proud of a restoration job like that. 8)

It's strange with scratchplates & Tokais, I assumed that a Fender Tele SP would fit my Breezy, but oh no, that would be too easy....

Can't help with the wiring I'm afraid, I can't get used to something that's wired without a pickup selector switch. :lol:

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Post by GrumpyOldMan » Sun Mar 21, 2010 3:27 pm

Thanks for your kind words Stratman. It was a cheap restoration as all I replaced were the pots, cap, knobs and the screws! Less than ?20 altogether. Lots of elbow grease though. The body was T-cut a couple of times and then I waxed it with Carnauba wax.

Maybe you can help me with another question?
Because I was so pleased with the Bass I fancied a Strat to go with it. I came across a MIJ Squier 89/90 ish which fit the bill nicely as it was listed as Lake Placid Blue which is what i thought the Tokai was/is. But when it turned up it's a lot greener looking. I suspect it is probably Teal but I'm not sure. Any suggestions? I'm sure the Tokai is LPB as it is the same colour as the Biffy Cliro signature Jazz Bass.

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Other than the colour I am very happy with the Strat.

Ian.

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Post by stratman323 » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:03 pm

My explanation is simple - Tokai got their colours wrong. We've seen this before with Goldstars; what Tokai called LB - Lake Placid Blue - is a lighter shade than real LPB. They also did a colour called Metallic Blue which was darker & closer to the real LPB. Crazy huh?

Tokai's version of Sonic Blue is also wrong - my take on the colour is that is was originally closer to Daphne Blue & has aged to close to Foam Green.

This is my 1983 US Fender, & it's definitely LPB. Yours is a gorgeous colour, but it's the wrong shade for LPB, whatever Tokai called it.

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Here's a selection from our Leeds get-together, 3 Goldstars & a Bacchus. From left Sonic Blue, a Bacchus in (I think) Ocean Turquoise, then 2 Goldies in Metallic Blue. See what I mean? :lol:

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Post by GrumpyOldMan » Sun Mar 21, 2010 4:41 pm

That's a very nice looking set of Strats. In real my Strat looks closer to the Bacchus in the pic, it has quite a green tint to it, but I guess it is actually Lake Placid Blue. Bit disappointing though as I expected to have a matching pair! Not too unhappy though as I got the Strat for a goodish price (?220) and I'll never lose money on it I don't think.

Thanks for the help.

ian.

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Post by stratman323 » Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:36 am

GrumpyOldMan wrote:That's a very nice looking set of Strats.
And not one of them is mine! :(

Look at it this way - you may not have a matching pair but you have a complementary pair. :wink:

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Post by stratman323 » Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:36 am

Double post. :oops:

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Post by GrumpyOldMan » Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:11 am

stratman323 wrote:
GrumpyOldMan wrote: Look at it this way - you may not have a matching pair but you have a complementary pair. :wink:
I said that to my wife once and she stopped speaking to me. :lol:

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