NOGD (New Old Guitar Day!)
I bought it unseen so when it turned up I thought I had done my dough for sure 🙁 The only thing is good condition was the neck (thankfully).
So I set about restoring it, and today I reveal my ‘new’ JP6. Here’s what I did:
I replaced all the electronics: both pickups (Crunch Lab + Liquifire), plus the piezo saddles. New switches. I replaced the brass trem block with one from a Majesty which weighs half as much. The trem cover had deep grooves from a dog-collar bracelet which I filled and polished.
I sanded the pot knobs and painted/clear-coated them. New rubber grips. Now they are like new. I fixed the nut, and I even painted the screws on the backing plates. I sanded and re-oiled the neck. New strings, new trem springs. I even sanded and painted the tuning head screws which had corroded, and cleaned all remaining metal parts in vinegar and baking soda before polishing.
Aside from a few small cosmetic scratches, this JP is now like new and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT. I first saw JP play one in London during the SFAM tour in April 2000. For years I though about getting one but instead opted for a Majesty when they came out in 2014. Now I have the JP6, I can’t believe how awesome it is!
So yes, I ended up paying a few hundred more than originally intended for this guitar, but I have had the great pleasure of restoring it to its former glory. It plays amazingly well, sounds clear and crisp, it may even be my new favourite!