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Post by KaylaS96 Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:57 pm

So, I've been given a Thunder 1 bass that was sitting in a building for at least four years. The finish is coming off the bridge, the screws are rusted, and I can't adjust the G string at all. Where would I be able to find a new bridge that would fit my bass?
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Post by Sgt. Vimes Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:02 pm

Better still,  restore the originals! 
Soak them in thinners overnight then remove the screws/saddles.  Polish the brass and reassemble,  easy, cheap and satisfying Smile
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Post by corsair Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:06 pm

You could always re-finish the one that's on it? If you're dead set on replacing it, I'm sure someone will have more idea than me as I only have a Spectrum bass.
I think you need one with a similar string spacing to the original....

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Post by KaylaS96 Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:30 am

I would definitely love to keep the originals. I just didn't know if it was possible or not. I'm going to try to keep it, but I don't know if I can salvage it with all the rust and everything. I can't get one of the screws to turn so I can adjust the G string at all, that's the part that I'm most worried about. But I'll see if I can get it to work!
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Post by Sgt. Vimes Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:37 am

Again, soak it in paraffin /petrol/thinners overnight at least, then maybe heat the screw with a soldering iron to shift it. 
Is this brass or chrome hardware?
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Post by KaylaS96 Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:21 pm

Okay I will definitely try that. Smile
It's brass.
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Post by Clive Shakedown Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:00 pm

Brass is easy to restore, either soak it in solvent overnight to remove the old sealer, or use paint stripper if you have to, then polish it up and re seal it, just like new.
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Post by KaylaS96 Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:10 pm

Okay, I will!
Will this work for the volume and tone knob as well? Both are brass and the finish is peeling off them as well.
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Post by Sgt. Vimes Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:14 pm

Yep, works fine, though getting the corrosion out of the knurled sides is time consuming, I've started using a medium wire brush attachment on the dremel, makes short work of it.
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Post by KaylaS96 Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:28 pm

Okay, thanks for the tip. Smile
By the way, I know this isn't related to anything else, but can I use any kind of stain or paint on the bass or does it have to be a specific kind? (Like oil-based, for example.)
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Post by Sgt. Vimes Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:30 pm

Anything goes Smile
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Post by KaylaS96 Sat Jun 20, 2015 1:25 pm

Great, thanks!
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Post by Clive Shakedown Sat Jun 20, 2015 4:30 pm

Am plus oneing the wire brush for the knurled knob edges. Is plus oneing s thing?
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Post by KaylaS96 Fri Jun 26, 2015 5:42 pm

I'm not sure exactly what you mean...?

Also, one last question, the tuners are chrome/steel and have some rust on them as well. Would soaking them in the thinner work too?
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Post by Westbone Sat Jun 27, 2015 6:58 am

Would soaking them in the thinner work too?

Definitely not!
Mix some bi carb(baking soda) powder into a paste.
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Post by Sgt. Vimes Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:08 am

You can take the tuner buttons off and soak them,  the tuners have plastic crush washers in,  can't soak them in a spirit. 
Soaking chrome wouldn't do anything anyway,  do as westbone sais above.
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Post by Westbone Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:11 am

Also lubricant deep down inside there.
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Post by Sgt. Vimes Sat Jun 27, 2015 7:41 am

Good point
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Post by corsair Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:57 am

If they're chrome or nickel, Autosol metal polish works pretty well if you are patient.

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Post by KaylaS96 Mon Jun 29, 2015 3:43 pm

Okay, thanks! I feel like I have a lot of questions... Razz Thanks for being patient and answering them all!
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Post by KaylaS96 Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:54 pm

Okay, I've got another question for you guys. I was going to sand down the neck of my bass because the color that I painted the bass and the finish on the neck really clash now. Is there anything special I need to do while sanding down the neck? I guess I was just concerned that I might do something to bend the neck or something like that.
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Post by Sgt. Vimes Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:55 pm

Not really,  just go carefully and don't apply unnecessary pressure. 
Ive even started using the palm sander on necks now, just letting it do the work.
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