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 Post subject: NGD - Focus 3000
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 5:39 am 
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I saw this on CL Wednesday - picked it up for a song Thursday. I'm guessing its an 1983 scratch_head ? Anyway, some buckle rash on back, one little ding on body. Frets are nasty, but easily polished. Backside of locking nut has a small crack, but appears to be in the finish only. Neck looks like its been drilled more than once. Should I just put the neck back on or dowel and redrill? No markings on the neck or pickps. Gonna be a fun weekend cleanup project. Anyway, onto the pics.
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 Post subject: NGD - Focus 3000
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 8:33 am 
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Looking at the holes on the treble side & the angle of the strings, a dowel job might be in order.
Klean lil plucker tho. :thumbs

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 Post subject: NGD - Focus 3000
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 8:49 am 
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Nice, but how did the idiot pre-owner :bang get the saddle-blocks that tight with the ballends screwed in scratch_head ?

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 Post subject: NGD - Focus 3000
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 8:52 am 
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Looks good :thumbs Are you refretting/leveling it or just taped it off to polish the frets?

Definitely no dowel and redrill, because that is always structurally weaker than the "original" wood. It doesn't look bad or shaky, so better leave it as-is. The treble side should have a bit more distance to the edge then the bass side, that looks fine to me and can probably be just slightly moved and re-tightened if required.

The hairline crack at the nut doesn't look critical either, it's probably minimal or only in the finish.

The pups look like the original japanese factory stuff, you'll probably change them anyway since they are rather weak and dull sounding.


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 Post subject: NGD - Focus 3000
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 8:56 am 
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KickstartMyHeart wrote:
Nice, but how did the idiot pre-owner :bang get the saddle-blocks that tight with the ballends screwed in scratch_head ?


Obviously he did cut off the ball ends, but not the twisted part of the wire after them. Dumb.


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 Post subject: NGD - Focus 3000
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_xxx_ wrote:
Looks good :thumbs Are you refretting/leveling it or just taped it off to polish the frets?

Definitely no dowel and redrill, because that is always structurally weaker than the "original" wood. It doesn't look bad or shaky, so better leave it as-is. The treble side should have a bit more distance to the edge then the bass side, that looks fine to me and can probably be just slightly moved and re-tightened if required.

The hairline crack at the nut doesn't look critical either, it's probably minimal or only in the finish.

The pups look like the original japanese factory stuff, you'll probably change them anyway since they are rather weak and dull sounding.


The neck was solid, so I'll probably skip the drill and dowel for now. As far as the frets, tape and polish. The Floyd was a bit grungy, so I brought it to work to sonicate. I threw a little mild (I thought) detergent in to remove some gunk - way cleaner now except the fine tuners are orangish (not brass).


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 Post subject: NGD - Focus 3000
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_xxx_ wrote:
KickstartMyHeart wrote:
Nice, but how did the idiot pre-owner :bang get the saddle-blocks that tight with the ballends screwed in scratch_head ?


Obviously he did cut off the ball ends, but not the twisted part of the wire after them. Dumb.


Yup, twisted wire, no balls


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 Post subject: NGD - Focus 3000
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_xxx_ wrote:

Definitely no dowel and redrill, because that is always structurally weaker than the "original" wood. It doesn't look bad or shaky, so better leave it as-is. The treble side should have a bit more distance to the edge then the bass side, that looks fine to me and can probably be just slightly moved and re-tightened if required.


scratch_head There is no structure between the holes on the treble side, that's why it moved.

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 Post subject: NGD - Focus 3000
PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 10:02 am 
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Nice score! :thumbs
I love those F3000s, even better when you come upon one for cheap!
Agreed about replacing the pups, at the very least I would put something decent in the bridge. Overall condition looks great tho!

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 Post subject: NGD - Focus 3000
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six: looks to me like there is still enough wood there. Those holes are shaped kinda like the number 8, should hold well enough. The tilt could come from the not-so-perfect angle while drilling or maybe just tightened without proper orientation.

If the holes were really weak, it would center itself - the string tension pulls pretty much towards the center when in tune.

Anyway, I always try to get a tiny little bit more room on the treble side then on the bass side. You need enough room for the thin "e" and when you mount it perfectly centered on those narrow necks, it often slips over the edge of the neck while playing. It may be a matter of taste/habit, but that's how I prefer it.


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