Beware ! You're in Kamikazie here. Not many pro luthiers around, more often brave souls experimenting in their kitchen.
Meteor project - by Michael
This page was copied from www.guitarhucksters.com, Michael's website. A big thanks Michael !
Michael lives in Finland so dates are in the european format d/m/y
The guitar arrived at Helsinki customs on august 11 2006.
The original finish was stripped and the guitars surface is grimy. The bridge, tuners and knobs are non-original.
The electronics work and the guitar has no cracks or deep scratches.
Body and neck sanded and laquered (...and sanded and laquered...). The secret of a good finish is in the amount of prep work, the actual spraying is not the most important part.
The eagerly awaited package from Kevin Bacon (...not THAT Kevin Bacon) arrived containing parts for both my Meteor and Silvertone projects.
It's essential to have contact with other Harmony/Silvertone enthusiasts if you want to restore these guitars. They're not like Gibsons and Fenders which have a whole spare part industry ready to sell you anything you need.
Here are the modern Schaller tuners that the Meteor had installed :
Replaced by Grover Sta-Tites which are pretty close to the original tuners :
The front of the headstock (before & after). Meteor repro badge by Banana Guitars
Time for the experts to do their thing. Should be ready in a couple of weeks...
Here are some pictures (taken by Juha Ruokangas - www.ruokangas.com) which illustrate how to put the electronics back into a hollow-body guitar:
Use guitar strings or other stiff wires to connect to the parts.
Once the wires have found the holes, pull until the pots, jacks etc. come up in the right places.
Then screw the pickups in place.
That was fast! The Meteor is now ready (except for a pair of knobs which should arrive any day...). It turned out really good.
Michael - october 2006
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