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  • Project: $100 Yamaha AES-820

    So I bought this hacked up Yamaha AES-820 for $100. It had a long list of problems including a spray painted body, shoddy electonics, and no-name pick-ups installed. I wish I had a picture of it when I brought it home. It was poorly spray painted this hideous red/brown color. A friend has been working on the body/neck and something really cool came out. I told him if he had to to sand it all the way down to bare wood. Luckily he stopped short of that and this is what we got.









    I am in love with this thing now. It's got bare wood, black filler, white sealer, gray primer, metallic blue, and metallic red all coming through. It's been gone over with a buffer which makes it look like it's been clear coated.



    We are building a set of custom P94 pick-ups for it right now. The next big step is to knock some shine off of all the chrome hardware. As soon as we get the pick-up covers we will be doing that. Hopefully, sometime next week.
    <div class="signaturecontainer">Yamaha AES620<br />
    Kasha Rockmod II<br />
    Peavey Classic 60/60<br />
    <a href="http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2895751-FS-Rocktron-Xpression-and-FCB1010&amp;p=45553309#post45553309" target="_blank">Rocktron Xpression and FCB1010 for sale</a><br />
    <a href="http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2899348-FS-Korg-DTR-2-Rack-Tuner&amp;p=45637358#post45637358" target="_blank">Korg DTR-2 Rack Tuner for sale</a><br />
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  • #2
    Save it to keep you warm in the winter. J/K

    Fix her up mang.

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    • #3
      Save it to keep you warm in the winter. J/K

      Fix her up mang.

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      • #4
        suscribed!



        For those who don't know, the 820 is a top end Yamaha and it sure didn't come with shoddy electronics nor did it have no name pups. Whoever butchered this guitar probably "stole" all the components and put it somewhere else and put the crappy stuff in this one after making it ugly as f***.



        Thank god he didn't dump the specially designed Sperzel tuners (you should post a pic of those here to show them. They're cool!)



        You're on to something great!
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        Yamaholic --- PpP --- Old geezer with a grey beard

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        • #5
          suscribed!



          For those who don't know, the 820 is a top end Yamaha and it sure didn't come with shoddy electronics nor did it have no name pups. Whoever butchered this guitar probably "stole" all the components and put it somewhere else and put the crappy stuff in this one after making it ugly as f***.



          Thank god he didn't dump the specially designed Sperzel tuners (you should post a pic of those here to show them. They're cool!)



          You're on to something great!
          __________________________________________________ ___________________

          Yamaholic --- PpP --- Old geezer with a grey beard

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          • #6
            Buy an orbital sander and finish the job. A good Japanese guitar deserved better.

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            • #7
              Buy an orbital sander and finish the job. A good Japanese guitar deserved better.

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              • #8
                $100?? I would love a project like that. I would not leave it as it is but would take the time to pretty it up. Some elbow grease, a can of sealer, 2-3 cans of Duplicolor acrylic lacquer (or Reranch nitro if you prefer) , and 2 cans of Minwax clear lacquer and you've got a sweet looking guitar
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                <b><u>My Gear</u></b><br />
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                Dano Convertible<br />
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                <br />
                Vox Pathfinder 15R <br />
                Vox VT15<br />
                Fender SCXD<br />
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                • #9
                  $100?? I would love a project like that. I would not leave it as it is but would take the time to pretty it up. Some elbow grease, a can of sealer, 2-3 cans of Duplicolor acrylic lacquer (or Reranch nitro if you prefer) , and 2 cans of Minwax clear lacquer and you've got a sweet looking guitar
                  <div class="signaturecontainer"><font size="1"><br />
                  <b><u>My Gear</u></b><br />
                  Schecter Corsair<br />
                  TelePartsCaster x3 <br />
                  Dano Convertible<br />
                  <br />
                  Taylor 114<br />
                  Gretsch Americana<br />
                  <br />
                  Vox Pathfinder 15R <br />
                  Vox VT15<br />
                  Fender SCXD<br />
                  Yamaha THR5<br />
                  <br />
                  <b><u>For Sale:</u></b><br />
                  <a href="http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2974008-Seagull-acoustic-Gibson-electric-and-3-Duncan-pickups" target="_blank">Duncan Pickups</a><br />
                  <br />
                  <a href="http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2959286-BG-Pups-Tele-Rockwind-set" target="_blank">BG Pups Tele Set</a><br />
                  <br />
                  <b><u>Looking For:</u></b><br />
                  Vox AC4C1 amp<br />
                  Gibson 70s tribute minihum pickup(s)<br />
                  </font></div>

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                  • #10
                    A Yamaha Rat-Rod, cool man



                    Mebbe you can find some matching touches for the peg-head.

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                    • #11
                      A Yamaha Rat-Rod, cool man



                      Mebbe you can find some matching touches for the peg-head.

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                      • #12
                        KEEP THAT FINISH!
                        Please take a moment to check out my podcast, Two Average Dicks. Thank you.

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                        • #13
                          KEEP THAT FINISH!
                          Please take a moment to check out my podcast, Two Average Dicks. Thank you.

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                          • #14
                            I agree that most guitars warrant a nicer paint job. With this guitar though, it's got so much personality that I don't want to cover up what makes it special. She has had a rough life and covering that up seems disingenuous. Besides, no one could ever duplicate what I have now. I can't wait until the pickups are done.
                            <div class="signaturecontainer">Yamaha AES620<br />
                            Kasha Rockmod II<br />
                            Peavey Classic 60/60<br />
                            <a href="http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2895751-FS-Rocktron-Xpression-and-FCB1010&amp;p=45553309#post45553309" target="_blank">Rocktron Xpression and FCB1010 for sale</a><br />
                            <a href="http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2899348-FS-Korg-DTR-2-Rack-Tuner&amp;p=45637358#post45637358" target="_blank">Korg DTR-2 Rack Tuner for sale</a><br />
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                            • #15
                              I agree that most guitars warrant a nicer paint job. With this guitar though, it's got so much personality that I don't want to cover up what makes it special. She has had a rough life and covering that up seems disingenuous. Besides, no one could ever duplicate what I have now. I can't wait until the pickups are done.
                              <div class="signaturecontainer">Yamaha AES620<br />
                              Kasha Rockmod II<br />
                              Peavey Classic 60/60<br />
                              <a href="http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2895751-FS-Rocktron-Xpression-and-FCB1010&amp;p=45553309#post45553309" target="_blank">Rocktron Xpression and FCB1010 for sale</a><br />
                              <a href="http://acapella.harmony-central.com/showthread.php?2899348-FS-Korg-DTR-2-Rack-Tuner&amp;p=45637358#post45637358" target="_blank">Korg DTR-2 Rack Tuner for sale</a><br />
                              ________________________________</div>

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