#1
Hey UG!!! My first post in the GB+C forum so be nice. Well, the reason I am posting here is because I have been lucky enough to have a great friend who left leave me with his guitar. It is an Aria Pro II single cut, I can't find pictures of specs of it on the internet anywhere. Anyways it was in horrible condition so I thought I'd have a go and totally redoing it. The body wood is Mahogany with a quilted top I've been told.

Problems with it:

1. Several scratches and dings in the finish
2. Only bridge humbucker worked
3. Pickup switcher broken.
4. Tone knob not functioning
5. Rusted bridge hardware and humbucker covers
6. Crack in the body in 2 places (I need massive help on how to fix this)

So, I ripped the neck off and unscrewed everything, ripped up all the wires and metal parts and now its a big chunk of wood.

My plans are as follows:

1. Sand it down and hopefully put on a cool paintjob (it has a quilted top I think).
2. Make it single humbucker (bridge) and single volume knob (since its make first I'm staying simple with the wiring and stuff.)
3. Hardtail bridge (I'll fill the trem cavity with a block o' wood. And the neck pup cavity)
4. Fix body cracks

Here are pics:





First crack, near the neck joint.

(is that a spirit in the bottom left? :S)


Second crack (between bridge pup cavity and bridge cavity)

So as you can see it is in bad condition. Any help is appreciated.

Also, how do you sand a guitar without messing up?
Ibanez Prestige RG1570 ftw!
#2
That looks like a photo-quilt. If you sand it, it wil prob.come of... DO you want to keep the quilt?
Gear
Gibson Les Paul Studio
London City Comet MK1
London City Spitfire II (Modded)
Squire Tele Custom (Modded)

Peavey Classic 30
Electro Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb
Line 6 Echo Park Delay
Visual Sound Jekyll and Hyde
Dunlop Crybaby Classic
#3
Nope, not at all. Tips on sanding?
Ibanez Prestige RG1570 ftw!
#4
start with like 220 grit, and slowly work your way up till 400. That's the way I've always done it. You don;t really have to sand down to the wood, just break the clear, and give the paint something to adhere(sp?) to.
Gear
Gibson Les Paul Studio
London City Comet MK1
London City Spitfire II (Modded)
Squire Tele Custom (Modded)

Peavey Classic 30
Electro Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb
Line 6 Echo Park Delay
Visual Sound Jekyll and Hyde
Dunlop Crybaby Classic
#5
Choose 60 grit sandpaper and you should be fine. Be prepared for alot of work if you don't have a power sander.
#6
LikeAStone's method works just as well, sorry if i confused you threadstarter.

*sorry for double post*
#7


Your advise has been taken into account. Thanks a bunch

Anyways, anyone know if those two fissures in the body are of major concerning? If I painted over it and clearcoated it they wouldn't show right?
Ibanez Prestige RG1570 ftw!
#8
Well you could use some woodfiller for them.. but it doesn;t look like there that deep. Just sanding and painting should get rid of them
Gear
Gibson Les Paul Studio
London City Comet MK1
London City Spitfire II (Modded)
Squire Tele Custom (Modded)

Peavey Classic 30
Electro Harmonix Holy Grail Reverb
Line 6 Echo Park Delay
Visual Sound Jekyll and Hyde
Dunlop Crybaby Classic