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James Phillips


From:
Michigan, USA
Post Posted 3 Feb 2017 11:56 pm     Reply with quote

Some of you handy folks wanna put your 2cents in towards this project in the works here.
I got this pretty banged up double neck on Flea Bay ,a few years back...Poor thing is split in half,one pickup is coming apart,rusty tuners,etc..
I want to restore it but I don't think it can be brought back to stock ,without spending as much as a fine stock one would cost.
I would like to turn it into a gigging instrument,however,by doing the body and finish work ,then swapping the PUPS,and installing new tuners.
Anyone restore ,clean or otherwise polish these acrylic fretboards before? Do the metal covers effect the sound? If so,how? Or are they more of a "palm rest"? Any other insight on this instruments repair would be much appreciated.
Split in two..Sad



The Switch is bad...all the rusty screws,gotta go...

The pickup is noshed...and Yes,those are nails!

Rusty tuners, and missing one of the dark wood covers, of which I was never a fan of...

It's missing the Magnatone logo too,anyone got one or know where I can get a repro?
I feel like there is enough left ,to make a good sounding steel,with a lotta work,of course.
Thanks ,in advance.
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Scott Duckworth


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Etowah, TN Western Foothills of the Smokies
Post Posted 4 Feb 2017 4:07 am     Reply with quote

Putting the "halves" back together is simple wood working.

If you are going to make it a player / keeper, I would "resto-mod" it. I'd put new tuners, pickups, bridges, nuts, whatever and make it a good playable instrument. If you have to patch some wood, hey, it adds character.
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Bill Sinclair


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Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Post Posted 4 Feb 2017 8:41 am     Reply with quote

James,
Don't toss those distinctive acrylic tuners! I'm not sure of the best method but I'd look into something like Naval Jelly or phosphoric acid to dissolve the rust. Carefully bend back the tabs to remove the individual covers so the brass(?) gear can be removed and don't get any chemical on the acrylic part. If you don't want to fool with all that and decide to replace them, set them aside for the next owner to deal with.

I'd also look into a repair of the pickup that's falling apart. You may find that it's cheaper and easier in the long run than finding an 8-string pickup that fits and you won't have to do any routing of the body. Does the other pickup work? Once again, if you decide to replace and not restore (which is completely understandable), don't toss the original.
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Michael Lee Allen


From:
Des Plaines Illinois just NW of ChIraq
Post Posted 4 Feb 2017 9:43 am     Reply with quote

You have one working pickup and the parts to the second so a rewinder actually has something to match up to and some parts to use. Handrests have nothing to do with the pickups and are not needed if you don't like/want them. The peghead covers are simply decorative, esthetic covering of the string ends and tuners. The handrests and the one peghead cover can be sold to somebody who needs/wants them to get you some of the pickup expense back. Same thing with the tuners if you can't/won't save them. Is the Lucite printed or is it a clear overlay with the markers underneath, been many years since I had one of these. Did you get legs or is this an early one with no sockets fitted? Glue it up, don't worry about the cosmetics, and shop around for quotes from a pickup rewinder. The wiring is easy, a basic Telecaster setup. The tuners can probably be saved.
MLA
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Jack Hanson


From:
San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 4 Feb 2017 9:52 am     Reply with quote

I have successfully rehabbed dozens of old Kluson Deluxe tuners, including the set on this Noble-branded 6-string Magnatone:

The Lucite-buttoned tuners that Kluson supplied to Magnatone are relatively easy to refurbish because the buttons don't disintegrate. Most white-buttoned Klusons of that era will inevitably require new buttons:

My method:

First, remove the tuners from the instrument (duh). Then let the strips soak shaft up in a shallow disposable dish (I use the plastic container from a microwave frozen dinner), immersing the works in naptha for a few hours. (I generally use Ronsonol due to its ready availability behind the tobacco counter in most grocery and drug stores.) A small wire brush at this point can work wonders removing dirt, corrosion, and rust from the metal stampings.

After a good soak I flush out the old lubricant by force-feeding naptha through a disposable pipette into the lube hole in each individual casing until the naptha runs clear. In extreme situations, you may have to repeat this operation using fresh naptha.

Finally, inject petroleum jelly (Vaseline) through a glue syringe into the lube hole in the casing. You can tell when there's enough when it begins oozing out of the slim crack between the casing and the plate. You will probably need to spin the shaft a few dozen times in both directions to loosen up the works, but 9 times out of 10 (or more) your Kluson Deluxes will function as they were intended for another 50-60 years or so.

Good luck with your project, James. Be sure to post more pics when your old Maggie is up and running.
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Michael Lee Allen


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James Phillips


From:
Michigan, USA
Post Posted 4 Feb 2017 12:29 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks for all the good advice!
I think I will take the time,then to restore the tuners ,as the consensus seems to be that they are worth the effort.The first pick up does work ,but the second one is missing some wood pieces as well. I'm leaning toward replacing them as they where very cheaply made,and i'm a big fan of the Fishman fluence "Vintage Alnco".
It sounds great in one of my other 8 string,and I feel it would be a good upgrade. The Fret boards are painted on the under side. Any tips for dealing with those; chemicals to avoid, etc?
Michael Lee Allen wrote:
Is the Lucite printed or is it a clear overlay with the markers underneath, been many years since I had one of these. Did you get legs or is this an early one with no sockets ?
MLA

No leg sockets but I might salvage from a Rogue six string. The fret board is painted on the back.
Special Thanks to Jack Hanson for that info.
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James Phillips


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Michigan, USA
Post Posted 15 May 2017 3:30 am     ...a little up date. Reply with quote

Continuing the work on the Magnatone double neck....
The base was split. I added a thin peice of plywood to bond it back together, as it was cupped ....

In fact, the bottom screws where so rusted ; I had to drill out the heads , and remove with plyers . The tag on the bottom had carroded away.

Here is the new bottom... with side rails removed...

One of the side rails was cracked , so I fashioned two new ones from oak, the new ones are slightly taller to compinsate for the added depth of the base. This one hadn't been rounded out yet....

I routed out the body cavity a bit , so I can add more controls....

More to come...
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