This is the Hofner Verithin now. I refretted it which was a nervy job but it turned out great. I oiled it rather than stain and laquer and I'm really glad I did. I added P-90's for a lovely fat sound it can go from mellow jazz to hard rock easily. We did what Lennon did to his Casino and added a pickup selector switch and lost the superflouous second tone switch. Ther's still a couple of snags to deal with but overall I'm extremely happy with it, it looks pretty and sounds amazing.
1) Exactly as it came to me.
(2) What a mess.
7) New fret in place. I'm a little more relaxed now that I know I can do it. You can see that I've filed away a small amount of ageing from the platic binding. That's Ok as I plan to clean the binding up anyway.
3) This is it almost stripped using carpenters Nitromorse (I did a check on a tiny piece of the binding first. I had tried Nitromorse on a 60's Crucianelli before and it basically melted all the binding). I think at this point I hadn't really started sanding it still a lot of fine sanding to do and a good bath of Naptha (white spirit) to draw all the paint out.
4) Here the routing for whatever pickup the previous owner put in can be clearly seen. The new dog ear will completely cover this hole.
5) Here's the P-90 from the back with the cover off. You can see the polepieces really extend quite a bit. I didn't realise whn I bought these pups for £9.00 each! that they're specifically designed for the Les Paul Junior so were built to be accomodated by a routed chamber. Of course in my case this doesn't apply. As well as grinding down the pole pieces I'm wondering whether I can live without the brass base plate.
6) The neck with the frets removed as you can see it's a little unsightly but that's OK so long as it plays. I kind of want it to show its age anyway. It's the history of a vintage guitar that makes it cool to me. Loving that fret inlay design.