From GuitarAttack: -- Eddie Wellman bought this
beauty on eBay, and it wasn't quite what he bargained for. Read this
on his skillful salvage job on this rig.
my name is Eddie Wellman. This is a guitar I got off E-Bay Itís not a
Saga but then again it could be.
The guitar was said to be a Mint Condition. But when I got it , it was far
from being that. It says on the neck that it is a MIM Tele. But again I
donít know. So when I got the guitar It had a lot of probs. It sounded real
bad for one thing and after looking at it I found the bridge was on crooked
and the string saddles were on backwards. It had a string-through done on it
which was done bad.
After I took it all a part I found the ground wire to the bridge was not
connected and the bridge pick up had only a single strain of wire hooked up
to it. Plus there were some other holes drilled in to the body for the
purpose of hiding the pocket were a Humbucker use to be. What this person
did was put two metal brackets along side the bridge and then put these 4
big bolts that almost went through the body.
Well I have to say I just didnít know what to do with the guitar . My wife
was mad at me for buying it off E-Bay I was upset for getting a Junker. So
was on line one night and found the web sight (guitarattack.com) . I got to
say it was after looking at all the Sagas and other guitars that people have
done that helped me to try and save this Tele. So I went to work on it.
The guitar was a butter scotch color that was one reason I bought it I liked
the color. But any way I hand sanded the body down to the wood. Then I
started to fill all the holes in using tooth picks in the small holes and
bought a wooden dowel and use it to help fill in the holes were the messed
up string troughs were. Then filling in all the dints and dings I sanded it
again. I then went to the hard ware store and bought some white primer and
this yellow you see it in. The color is summer squash yellow. Well, This is
my first try at re-doing a guitar I had to re-do the paint about three times
I kept sanding through on the edges. But when I got it to where it looked
good I put a Poly clear over it. I donít think Iíll use a poly clear again
it take too long to dry.
I got the flame on E-Bay. I though while I was re-doing the guitar I wanted
to try something a little different. So in my past I use to build Hot Rods
so I wanted it to look like a hot rod. SO I call the my Little Deuce coupe.
So when I was putting it all back together I put in a new Bridge and a new
pickup. Oh that was the other thing It was wired up wrong too. Well, After a
long time the guitar is now a good playing and sounding guitar. I loved
re-doing the guitar but now I am in to the guitar for over $600. But it was
so much fun to do I went ahead and bought a LP Saga to do. When I get it
done Iíll send some Pics. Of it too! Love the web sight Keep up the good
work. And Like you tell people BE CAREFUL BUYING GUITARS ON E-BAY!