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My latest project

Thu Oct 23, 2008 5:34 pm

A Hagstrom Viking II restoration

http://pbase.com/jroy/hagstrom

It's cheaper just to buy one complete

Re: My latest project

Thu Oct 23, 2008 9:43 pm

A beauty! :smt001 Good luck James, I'm sure you'll do it right

Re: My latest project

Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:03 pm

well, almost there. I have a line on the bridge and hope to hear something by next week. I can also get the knobs but am waiting till my credit card account is caught up next month. Once its together and playable I'll think about taking it apart, doing some woodwork and think about a refin ala Elvis red.

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Re: My latest project

Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:15 pm

very cool james awsome guitar.

Re: My latest project

Sat Nov 22, 2008 4:52 am

Well, phase one complete. I have all the right parts, put it together and its playable. Next step is to take it all apart, fix the pickup cutouts, consider a refin ala Elvis Red and mabe get the bridge plated gold. (i might play it awhile though as is)
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Re: My latest project

Sat Nov 22, 2008 5:05 am

Awesome!

Re: My latest project

Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:13 am

OK, I finally got around to taking the guitar apart earlier this year, doing some wood work to repair the cutouts and sent it out to Lay's Guitar Shop in Akron, OH to refinish it. I'll try to get it all put back together this weekend but they did an amazing job on the refin.

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Re: My latest project

Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:42 am

Is it this shade of red, by chance?


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Re: My latest project

Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:49 am

drjohncarpenter wrote:Is it this shade of red, by chance?


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Hard to tell, it varies from picture to picture and I didn't have one to match in person but that's what I was shooting for. I sent them several photos.
This is the red used on the Hagstrom's they produce now
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Re: My latest project

Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:08 am

It's a beautiful guitar.

Promise us the first chord you play is an E major -- traditional style, a la Elvis.

Re: My latest project

Thu Nov 08, 2012 5:00 pm

A work of art James,very nice

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Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:06 pm

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Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:17 am

James you are very lucky to have such a beautiful guitar. Your work is beyond words!

Re: My latest project

Fri May 10, 2013 5:47 pm

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I finally located and picked up a proper gold bridge on eBay last week. I was thinking I might have it replated. However, it arrived yesterday and its simply heavily tarnished and not rusted. It appears to be cleaning up nicely.

It will be complete after this.

Re: My latest project

Fri May 10, 2013 6:50 pm

OK, when this 4 and a half year project is complete, we will need a YouTube video of you rockin' "Trouble" / "Guitar Man."

Re: My latest project

Fri May 10, 2013 6:58 pm

JamesVRoy

The bridge on its own or part of a guitar that you removed it from? Fascinating project.

Re: My latest project

Fri May 10, 2013 7:08 pm

Delboy wrote:JamesVRoy

The bridge on its own or part of a guitar that you removed it from? Fascinating project.


The bridge came in a batch with a set of tuners with incomplete ferruls and screws. It evidently came from a guitar that was either upgraded or parted out. The one I have on it now is sort of chrome or nickel plated that I previously bought as parts. The bridges were used on several models and some Gretchs. I needed a gold one though to complete the model I have. This one is missing one saddle but I have a complete set of gold ones I picked up awhile back. All the spares will go back up on ebay eventually and I'll get some of my money back, which is always a good thing.
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Sat May 11, 2013 2:44 am

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Re: My latest project

Thu May 16, 2013 4:05 am

Brass and copper?

I don't believe I've seen the adjustment screws
on both sides of the bridge before.

Cool project.

Re: My latest project

Mon May 20, 2013 10:44 pm

No, not brass or copper. Some type of plated steel. The screws on each side of the saddles hold it on to the bridge and moving it forward and back requires loosening one while tightening the other. The bridge was used on several Hagstrom models and some Gretsches in the '60s.

Re: My latest project

Tue May 21, 2013 8:04 am

JamesVRoy wrote:No, not brass or copper. Some type of plated steel. The screws on each side of the saddles hold it on to the bridge and moving it forward and back requires loosening one while tightening the other.



I thought you might be pulling a Jack White on me (copper).

Is it more of a pain to set the intonation with that than the
standard "one" screw? It seems that it would be.

Speaking of guitars, I think I'm going to setup a Strat tremolo
tomorrow if time permits.

Re: My latest project

Tue May 21, 2013 4:28 pm

Its not as convenient as a Strat's but not too bad since you don't have to do it often. Its not much more difficult than doing a Gibson with the ABR-1 bridge that has the screw side under the strings. It was easy for me this time. When I took the chromed one off I lined up the the saddles on the gold one exactly the same before installing it.


iplayastrat wrote:
Speaking of guitars, I think I'm going to setup a Strat tremolo
tomorrow if time permits.


I used to float mine years ago but for a long time now I've kept them locked and blocked.