04-13-2013 06:12 PM
I wish I would have taken some before photos. The fretboard was smudged with dirt and gunk--not in a good way like a Fender nitro finished maple neck. The front of the body was very dull and badly faded. I wanted to try to clean the fretboard, polish the frets, and try to add some life to the front of the body. The fading of the walnut is pretty severe when you look under the control plate and see what remains of the original finsih.
I used some 3M finishing pads that my wife uses for her jewelry making. They are really nice--made in England. They don't load up and never leave ugly scratches. The Super Fine and Micro Fine worked great at removing the dirt that had worked into the fretboard. I used the Micro Fine to removed all of the old wax, dried oil and whatever else had worked its way into the body . Then I wiped the neck and body with a wet cotton T-shirt with a bit of dishwasing detergent to clean and open up the grain a bit. I let everything dry for a couple of hours and then used some bees wax mixed with lemon oil on everything. The guitar slurped up the mixture quickly, so I added an application of Lizard Spit fretboard conditioner to the walnut body and polished it up.
I used the Micro Fine pads for the frets and then polished them with a Dremel tool. I strung it up with D'Adarrio 10s and did a final wipedown with Virtuoso Mist. It looks great, but even better, it sounds amazing. thru my Mesa Mark V. I left my camera at my office, so these photos were taken with my iPad. I will try to get some clips today or tomorrow. Hope you don't mind the lower quality iPad photos too much.
04-13-2013 06:40 PM - edited 04-13-2013 06:42 PM
04-13-2013 08:21 PM
04-15-2013 03:45 PM - edited 04-15-2013 03:46 PM
Looks great! I should sent you mine to clean-up LOL.
Have you tried the spin-a-split mod? Makes it MUCH more versatile and is quite easy to do.
Rick-on! [Kinda like rock-on only different]
PS - $600 was a steal. Mine's an '03 and I paid significantly more than that and I thought it was a steal at the time.
04-16-2013 04:11 AM
I love those Dakotas, about the only Ric, apart from a 4001, that I'd love to own.
Nice job Jeff, 3M are the dog's bollocks.
04-16-2013 04:53 AM
04-16-2013 06:05 AM
The cresting wave is my fave Ric body. I have the same outline on my beater 620.
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