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Post by seeate on Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:04 pm

Hello there,

I have a do-up project that I've been working on for years now, I mostly give up for a while due to frustration and then come back to it. Basically, I just want it to be playable again!

Long story short, the ST was a bit of a mangled wreck when I got it and have since attempted a refret but have written the neck off as firewood having had no success.

So, I figured maybe someone, somewhere has an ST neck they no longer need that I could use as a replacement - or even a neck from another model that would fit.
I'm even considering buying a strat type replacement neck with a paddle headstock that I can 'Spectrumify' kinda like the ones Mighty Mite make but that's getting a little pricey for a fixer-upper.

I have considered just buying another cheap ST, but I really just want to fix this one up rather than scrapping it.

Any advice or offers on a replacement neck would be most appreciated. I'll post some pics of its original state when I can remember where I stored them Wink
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Re: Spectrum ST neck

Post by corsair on Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:40 pm

eBay is your friend. There are always one or two necks there, and I think any Spec neck will do....

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Re: Spectrum ST neck

Post by seeate on Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:53 pm

corsair wrote:eBay is your friend. There are always one or two necks there, and I think any Spec neck will do....
Thanks mate. I've done the obligatory eBay search and have set up a notification, so fingers crossed.

I believe you were the one that sent me a couple of spare ST parts many moons ago too. I don't want them to go to waste!

Do you think the ST would fit a Thunder or Concord neck? Or is it blasphemous to Frankenstein any Westone? Wink
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Post by Barry on Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:28 pm

seeate wrote:...Do you think the ST would fit a Thunder or Concord neck? Or is it blasphemous to Frankenstein any Westone? Wink
Sorry to hear of your neck problem, Spectrum has one of the finest necks out there and it's a shame to lose one.

I'd hold out for either a Spectrum or an Electra neck. Thunder and Concord I are 'G' scale (24 3/4") and wouldn't be a good match. I don't have measurements handy but I think Thunder necks are also a bit wider.

Concord II and III might be a possibility as they changed to 'F' scale. As I think about it some more I believe a Fender neck works also, but I don't know about the mounting holes.

Damian, you must have had some experience here?

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Post by corsair on Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:21 am

Ah, yeah... Electra Phoenix necks should bolt right on - check the US eBay site 'cause the Electras were only available in the US.

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Re: Spectrum ST neck

Post by gittarasaurus on Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:36 am

actually, concord 1 is 24" scale Wink
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Re: Spectrum ST neck

Post by onno on Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:47 pm

What's wrong with your neck? Most necks can be saved.
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Post by seeate on Thu Apr 27, 2017 11:30 pm

onno wrote:What's wrong with your neck? Most necks can be saved.

It probably can be saved by someone with reasonable luthier skills but that someone isn't me unfortunately.
The guitar as a whole was fairly well abused when I got it. I'm pretty confident I can restore the rest but the neck of course needs to be finished properly for the old beast to be playable - and that's some tricky stuff when trying to refret with limited tools and ability.
I really did give the refretting a good shot but it was like banging my head against a wall.

Alternatively I could always get a luthier to sort it out but I really don't want to fork out $300+ for what is essentially an inexpensive guitar... even for a Westone Wink

That reminds me, I still need to hunt down those pics of its original state.
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Re: Spectrum ST neck

Post by seeate on Tue May 02, 2017 5:40 pm

As promised, here are the photos I took when I first acquired the ST. It was pretty messed up to say the least!

http://imgur.com/a/SSiT4
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Post by Barry on Tue May 02, 2017 8:58 pm

"Grunge" would not be such a bad look as a concept, but without the actual abuse. Shocked
It really has had a bad time of it eh?

I can't tell too much about the neck though, but truthfully, it doesn't look so bad.

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Re: Spectrum ST neck

Post by seeate on Tue May 02, 2017 9:52 pm

Well, I removed the old frets and sanded the neck back with a 10" radius block, which I may have gone a bit overboard with and shaved too much off. I just could not get the new frets (which were pre-radiused) to sit flush in the slots. This may be due to the slots now being too wide (having previously been refretted... badly).

It was more of a learning experience for me, to see if I could fix it myself. Sadly, no.

However, I might have sourced a replacement DX neck in good condition! Here's hoping, so I can actually make it playable again Smile
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Post by onno on Wed May 03, 2017 3:08 pm

If the fretslots are to wide, you can resize the tang of the fretwire. Or you can glue them in using superglue. Here's a manual for resizing the tang. http://www.stewmac.com/How-To/Trade_Secrets/When_frets_dont_fit_the_slot_resize_the_fret_tang.html They use a special tool, but you can make it yourself grinding down some old pliers.
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Post by seeate on Wed May 03, 2017 4:35 pm

Thanks for that onno. I did try glueing but had no luck there (it was a wood glue rather than superglue though). The StewMac advice is helpful but like you say, you need a crimper to widen the tangs effectively.
I may have another shot at the refret but for now I'm holding out for the replacement neck Wink
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Re: Spectrum ST neck

Post by Barry on Wed May 03, 2017 4:56 pm

A DX neck will do nicely, as long as you don't mind the model change on the head stock designation. Pirouette

Do save the original though, they ain't making any more of 'em.

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