Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

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Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by Barry on Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:08 pm

Can't say too much yet since the sale isn't final, but suffice it to say I think I've scored a good 'un! (And for a steal of a price)
Think Trans blue.
Think Spectrum.
Film at eleven. Sleep


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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by gittarasaurus on Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:37 pm

the way i see it Barry, this should be a very dynamite show What a Face

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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:47 pm

Razz

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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by corsair on Mon Feb 11, 2013 4:36 am

Right on, bro!! Good job!!

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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by Barry on Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:58 am

No lumps...except on the street maybe...freezing rain today, this after a major snow dump on Friday (sigh)

Talk about yer slip sliding away. Gotta love being Canadian.

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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by Barry on Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:12 pm

The wait is over kids!


These are the seller's pix. I haven't had time yet to take any of my own. But just let me say, she's a *king beauty!




Daddy's finally got his trans blue Specky!
And she's in absolutely mint condition, AND has all her parts: knobs, locking nut, locking washers, trem bar, bar collar, hex wrenches and hex wrench holder! At the moment she's set up terribly badly and really unplayable but that, plus a lot of dust is the only thing apparently wrong with her. Bendmaster Deluxe too!

You'll weep when you hear the asking price: CAD$80!!
But wait, there's more! The young feller (17) I bought it from presented the guitar to me inside an OHSC, also in impeccable condition!! He was saving up to buy a car, so I made it an even $100 I figured it was well worth it. What a bonus!

More pictures when conditions allow. Right now I'm gonna get the Bendmaster's bum down and reduce the strings to sea level. Then I shall commence ta check out the electronics. Twisted Evil

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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by Barry on Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:15 pm

A couple o' grab shots to document the current condition a bit, and show off the OHSC!



Houston, we have a problem!



Limbo anyone? tongue

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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by gittarasaurus on Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:31 pm

Great Score! Congrats!
looks like you got yourself a beauty!
Happy Birthday

and, it looks different than the ones i have seen. i see few differences from mine. must have been the last run of them before production stopped.
yours the serial number is on the neckplate (looks like '86), mine have it printed on the headstock (and are all from '85)
yours has the Bendmaster Deluxe, the SX models i have are equipped with the Bendmaster FT, and have a solid cover on the trem cavity
yours there is only volume and tone like the MX models, mine have vol/tone/tone



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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by Sgt. Vimes on Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:34 pm

Congrats on a great score barry, rounding it up to a square 100 is a lovely touch, kudos.

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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by gittarasaurus on Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:39 pm

that last profile shot looks like the trem post anchors are pulled up out of the body?!? cyclops

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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by Barry on Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:47 pm

Thanks Sarge. Very Happy

Yup, Mike, good eye. That would be the Houston problem alright!
As I write this I haven't popped the trem cover off to look, but those little buggers have been levered almost right out of the body!!

At least he didn't screw up the hardware!

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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by corsair on Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:02 pm

You beauty!! Score one for the good guys!! Gotta agree about the $100; nice!!

That's an FT stringlock with a Deluxe bridge; good ol' uncle, eh: "Specifications subject to change without notice"!!

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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by Barry on Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:52 pm

corsair wrote:...That's an FT stringlock with a Deluxe bridge; good ol' uncle, eh: "Specifications subject to change without notice"!!
As if I wasn't already confused.

Here's a better look at it:



Must say, I was surprised at the small sustain block. Shocked
(Yes, that's exactly what she said.)

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Initial tear down...

Post by Barry on Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:37 pm

You know I had to start pulling her apart! What a Face

Initially I just wanted to reset those funky bridge posts and rock out a wee bit. To do that I needed to un-string it...and that's when it got a bit weird.


Those little buggers were so far out of the body that the resulting lever action intensified the trem springs' pull on the bridge and the thing felt welded into place, even when the claw screws were backed off.

The other odd thing that you probably noticed is the pole screws in the humbucker were quite recessed.

No idea why.

In for a penny, etc. On to the obligatory pup removal which confirmed my suspicions. Yup, another UBC! Neutral

At some point I'll be replacing that as I've done to 3 other Spectrums now. Early days yet, not sure what to use. I haven't yet cross checked the SC's but they look to be on the "light" side, in my whithering memory, compared to my GT.

One other slightly troubling thing presented itself on closer inspection. It looks like someone had been messin' wif the neck pocket! There are scuff marks apparent, indicating that perhaps an attempt was made to overcome the rising post problem??



You can also see some evidence of paint disturbance (sanding?) on the side of the pocket.

I'll have to pull the neck and check things tomorrow when I can see what I'm doing.

Other than that there are only a few of the usual minor dings and dents, nothing remarkable really...except for this one on the fretboard:

Damn! Couldn't be more annoyingly placed. (sigh)

Overall impressions
Of course I love it, it's a Spectrum! I'm really loving the colour, but you can't pick it up in these indoor pix. The trans finish is really classy. Not as spectacular as my red trans Vantage Avenger, but that's ash which has a bolder grain. Still this maple(?) presents well.

I wrote "maple" with a question because the other thing I noticed right away is that this gal is very light compared to my other Spectrums, particularly the GT. This is an '86 build (July) and I'm wondering if things were beginning to go sideways for our dear Uncle. Not only is the trem odd, and the weight light, but the wood seams are quite prominently telegraphing through the body wings. You can't see it in the above picture but I was surprised to find wood debris and sawdust in the pickup routs. They are also not completely sealed in the manner that we've come to expect.

Putting this altogether, perhaps it indicates a lessening of quality control during this time. Anyone else experience this?

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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by Barry on Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:40 pm

Postscript to the bridge post problem:
When I reseated them and reinstalled the bridge, the buggers started to pull out again with the springs barely on!

So, looks like a little more work is needed to weld 'em in.

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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by hoax on Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:24 am

That looks in remarkably good condition. Great score Barry!!

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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by corsair on Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:54 am

Somewhere in here is a quick and dirty method of stopping the posts lifting out without having to resort to doweling the holes and re-drilling...

Nope, can't say that anything I've got has wood and debris in any of the routs, man...

Those sustain blocks are definitely on the wimpy side, eh; the one on the original bridge on the Phoenix X195, whilst only a standard trem, had the most massive block I've ever seen on a production guitar!

That's a plastic backed UBC, yes; it may be the real deal??

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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by The Chad on Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:49 am

Great looking axe Barry!

That bridge pup looks like the one in Ice's X250, which sounded great. You should be ok with your pups.

If the bridge posts are rising out, could you try some thread lock or something?

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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by Barry on Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:55 am

corsair wrote:Somewhere in here is a quick and dirty method of stopping the posts lifting out without having to resort to doweling the holes and re-drilling...
On my list of things to do. Now.

That's a plastic backed UBC, yes; it may be the real deal??
Dunno. I had plastic backs on the S, ST, and DX which were all fairly wimpy and were replaced. I'll get around to checking it soon, but it's low on my priority right now.

The Chad wrote:Great looking axe Barry!
That bridge pup looks like the one in Ice's X250, which sounded great. You should be ok with your pups.
Thanks Chad. I haven't even plugged her in yet. The post problem predominates at the mo, he said alliterally. tongue

Anyone have a comment on the SC's? They seem under sized and under weight to me.

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Re: Finally Got the "Blues" - a Spectrum SX!

Post by The Chad on Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:36 am

Hey Barry, looks like my Threadlock idea is shared by others.

Clicky here

Or nail polish? This way you can still break them free if you need to (can't see why you would need to). Apply some in the holes, sink the posts in, and forget about it.

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