#1
I'll be putting pics up in a minute, but I bought 2 beat up guitars as projects today (no prices but the two combined were less than a used squire). The one is a Lotus Les Paul knockoff, black with either cream or aged white binding, and the other is a Vista brand Tele knockoff (the guy said it's from the 80's) that's a tan/almost natural finish. First question; does anybody know about either or how to tell how old they are? Second question; how do you sand a body with binding (without destroying the binding/having to redo it) Last question (for now); does anybody know what kind of wood the Tele has from the pics? It's quite heavy (comparable to a solidbody LP) but obviously you can't tell until the pics are up. Thanks in advance, I'll be updating with progress as I go.
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#2
Ok here's a couple of crappy phone pics until I can resize my digital camera pics (14mp is a bitch and it's after midnight with work at 6). *Edit* Work is boring as hell anyway, so might as well do this. They're pretty rough but not the worst I've seen. The tele will definitely get a refinish (thinking some sort of blue or green stain or dye) and the LP is staying black (prob. repainted but still black) and getting gold hardware.













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#3
Last pics until I get more done on them. I was working outside because it was really nice out (after a week of storms). Also, I think I'm just going to touch up the finish on the Tele, any guesses as to what the original finish is on it? Somebody decided to carve "WJH 06/30/65" on the back... I think it's mainly only through the clear coat but I'll probably have to redo the area.







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#4
Pic update, I have the Les Paul pretty much stripped, and I noticed that it had a veneer on it.





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#5
looks like you got a decent deal

I'm not much help as far as identifying the tele, but afaik, Lotus was made by Samick in the 70s-90s
i dunno if you know the Samick brand, but they're mostly lower end starter stuff..not sure how that translates to the build quality of what you have though

for the tele's wood..it's really really hard to see the grain, but judging from the larger pic of the back, it looks like ash to me.
#6
^ yup. That tele is made of ash, for sure.
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#7
How about the top on the Les Paul? And thanks for the replies
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#8
The top is maple. Though you said it's a veneer, so not much of a "top".
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#9
Ok thanks, if you notice in the last pic on the last picture post, I sanded through it on accident right by the bridge... I was thinking some sort of dyed/stained finish, so is there any way to fix that, or does it not look that bad? I was thinking a darker finish, probably dark purple or dark green. Maybe dark blue, but you get the idea.
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