Is it fixable???

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by Junior94, Mar 13, 2020.

  1. Junior94

    Junior94 Gretschie

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    Jul 29, 2017
    Texas
    15840946311567094384785399731243.jpg 15840946311567094384785399731243.jpg 15840946918111756379108863305736.jpg 15840947295444539157580443217571.jpg 15840947841653624409146905944054.jpg Hi guys. I found this guitar in a shopping basket in a Walmart parking lot. I just want to know is it fixable, and how.
     
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  2. andreww1962

    andreww1962 Gretschie

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    Apr 30, 2019
    Toronto
    Everything is fixable. As to whether it warrants the time, effort and cost? Probably not.
     
  3. Junior94

    Junior94 Gretschie

    174
    Jul 29, 2017
    Texas
    I'm just looking for structural and playable. No full on restoration
     
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  4. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't like that neck / body crack myself . Seems the money you'll pour into this you'll be able to purchase something nice and new with no issues
     
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  5. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    ^^This for me, too.
     
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  6. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Chicago
    Strip the components off and junk it, or glue it and hang it on the wall. life is too short to try to bring that back from the dead.
     
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  7. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Anything's possible if you throw enough time and money at it. At this point it's either art or kindling. Scavenge the usable parts and forget rebuilding that wreck.
     
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  8. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

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    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    That's a Matsumoku-built guitar from the late 60's/early 70's. Not sure what the name on the headstock might be... They used that generic build for several brands-- Univox, Conrad, even Epiphone.

    And actually, those pickups aren't too bad... I have the Epiphone version and mine is a darn good player... But I'd does have a 9.5" radius neck.

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  9. afire

    afire Country Gent

    I "requisitioned" that exact guitar from my middle school music room. I don't know what ever happened to it. I must have given it to someone, because I can't imagine it would have been worth trying to sell back then in the early '90s.
    There was also what I now realize was a '60s solidbody in the Wilshire/Coronet/Crestwood family. That's probably the one that should have come home with me, but at the time, I was all about hollowbodies.
     
  10. Junior94

    Junior94 Gretschie

    174
    Jul 29, 2017
    Texas
    It's a Ventura V-1001 I believe
     
  11. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

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    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Yup, if it's a Ventura, then it was built by Matsumoku.
     
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  12. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    PNW
    I think likely could be playable, BUT, check out the frets, make sure they aren't too worn for good use. Refretting on a bound neck is not easy or inexpensive. What is that guitar? and old Japanese Epi?
    I had an early Motsumoku Epi that looked a lot like that. It was pretty problematic. If you unbolt the neck the block inside the body is quite small and flimsy. But that does give you access for gluing and repairing that break.

    Later Motsumoku guitars were pretty nice but those early ones were not so hot...
     
  13. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    PNW
    Looking at the upper and lower bout "horns " on yours, they are more pointed than the OP's which very rounded. Not sure what that means but.. maybe not the same factory? or just different time periods?
     
  14. tartanphantom

    tartanphantom Country Gent

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    Jul 30, 2008
    Murfreesboro, TN
    Nope, just the somewhat weird photo angle on mine.

    Mine is one of the earliest Matsumoku Epiphones, when it was designated model 5102-T first year of production-1969-1970). Later, Epiphone re-numbered it to model EA-250.

    Legend has it that the president of Epiphone was rather dismayed with the first import models.
     
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  15. Junior94

    Junior94 Gretschie

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    Jul 29, 2017
    Texas
    Repair doesn't need to look pretty. Just needs to be playable
     
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  16. Junior94

    Junior94 Gretschie

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    Jul 29, 2017
    Texas
    15841363531789161427242020028491.jpg 15841363817553957272254782953930.jpg I think putting a block or a brace where it cracked will give it support. I know it's mostly trash. But it wouldn't feel right as a guitar lover if I didn't try
     
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  17. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa cruz
    Sorry.....At best for me, cleaned up and looking nice it would be wall art, nothing more
     
  18. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    I'd strip thr paint and give it to an artist friend to repaint it as something cool for wall art. I have no clue about this stuff but it seems the neck pocket will require a lot of work to handle the tension of a strung up guitar.
     
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  19. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Getting some glue in the neck block is easy enough using a syringe, but the clamping part requires some custom clamp fabrication. Maybe talk to Audept... :)
     
  20. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

    Age:
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    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    A friend had one of those, a Ventura branded version. The neck had a 45 degree twist in it. The "humbuckers" were cheap single coils in a bucker shell. Cheapest hardware I've ever come across. It was set up like a Gretsch with a mud switch and a kill switch, and "gold" plated hardware. Nasty POS.
     
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