Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 92

Thread: PTC Project- '86 Swirl

  1. #1
    chief Shawn@PRS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 1985
    Location
    Stevensville, MD
    Posts
    3,650

    PTC Project- '86 Swirl

    Here is a really cool project the PTC is currently working on, posted with permission of the owner. This started life as a yellow Standard from 1986, but a few years later the owner decided to give it a swirl paint job. The bridge area was also modified to give an “up route” type of effect. The guitar is now back at the factory and we are now in the process of bringing her back to her former glory. I will post progress pics as things happen. I hope you enjoy them

    This one had a high profile stable mate for a while. That is Mr. Santana's #1 next to her.


    headstock paint



    After a few gentle passes with some sand paper, the original color and logo are revealed



    As mentioned, the bridge area was modified for a "trem up route" effect



    We had to prep the area for further work



    Epoxy is then poured into the cavity



    and then sanded smooth and routed out



    The guitar is getting stripped to bare wood



    Here is Scotty B the PTC Ninja with the semi-stripped top
    Last edited by Shawn@PRS; 09-19-2012 at 08:23 AM.

  2. #2
    Senior Member swede71's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Stockholm
    Posts
    598
    Is the owner Steve Vai?Looked like the PRS Steve Vai signature model.
    Last edited by swede71; 07-05-2012 at 04:43 PM.

  3. #3
    Senior Member themike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    1,839
    Scotty B rules - the job he did on my Charcoal Cherry Bomb was unreal!
    Paul Reed Smith 7 - S t r i n g A c t i v i s t | Fueled by P T C

  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Rosenberg, TX
    Posts
    50
    Thanks for posting that Shawn. I never would have thought about repairing that bridge area like that. I would have tried to fit a piece of maple in there and then used grain filler to cover the seams. That epoxy method just takes care of all of that.

  5. #5
    Senior Member sergiodeblanc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Downers Grove Il.
    Posts
    6,138
    Are the guys trying to keep the "old style" script logo?

  6. #6
    Congratulations on bringing a truly rare old PRS back to it's original glory.

    You should seriously consider doing one last detail since you're going this far... have them pull the old frets, radius sand the fretboard (to get the fingernail marks out), and install new frets BEFORE they paint it (to cover the fret tangs).

    It would suck to see you go that far and not finish the restoration.
    Last edited by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ©; 07-06-2012 at 06:20 PM.
    One Life

  7. #7
    chief Shawn@PRS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 1985
    Location
    Stevensville, MD
    Posts
    3,650
    Quote Originally Posted by sergiodeblanc View Post
    Are the guys trying to keep the "old style" script logo?
    we're going to do our best

  8. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Rosenberg, TX
    Posts
    50
    Quote Originally Posted by Hans View Post
    Congratulations on bringing a truly rare old PRS back to it's original glory.

    You should seriously consider doing one last detail since you're going this far... have them pull the old frets, radius sand the fretboard (to get the fingernail marks out), and install new frets BEFORE they paint it (to cover the fret tangs).

    It would suck to see you go that far and not finish the restoration.
    Not my guitar, but I have done tons of work on a few instruments and built a few as well and never considered something as easy as what they just did for that repair. Can't wait to see the finished product.

  9. #9
    Junior Member Axxeman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    14
    Funny someone asked about Steve Vai. The swirl was actually done in 1988 or '89 by Joe Despagni who did the swirls for Vai. The route was done by another luthier in NYC and was actually very effective. I am the original owner and I played this guitar daily for years and I am very psyched that the team at PRS is resoring it back to its former glory. Great job so far! Thanks for the progress report.

  10. #10
    Senior Member Dirty Bob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    State of Confusion (NY)
    Posts
    1,825
    BAD-ASS!!!!!!!!!!!!
    -Bob

  11. #11
    chief Shawn@PRS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 1985
    Location
    Stevensville, MD
    Posts
    3,650
    Here are a couple more progress pics.

    Top has been stripped



    Back stripped



    And refret done!
    Last edited by Shawn@PRS; 09-19-2012 at 08:24 AM.

  12. #12
    Hi. I'm naked. Aldwyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Columbia, Maryland
    Posts
    155
    Damn photobucket filter here at work, blocking pictures!! Arrrgh!

  13. #13
    Senior Member themike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    1,839
    Looking good, man! Those frets look big haha
    Paul Reed Smith 7 - S t r i n g A c t i v i s t | Fueled by P T C

  14. #14
    Wheels cjmwrx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Chicago, IL.
    Posts
    348
    It even looks sexy without it's clothes on.
    BDR-529

  15. #15
    That was an excellent decision. A complete restoration without any excuses. Love it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    And refret done!
    Last edited by ]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ©; 12-02-2012 at 12:09 PM. Reason: Fixed image link
    One Life

  16. #16
    Member Richard Lainegard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    UmeŚ, SWEDEN
    Posts
    146
    great job!
    Can I ask though, why didn't you level the fretboard a bit before refretting?
    As far as I can see, there seemed to be some serious "grooves" in it?
    Was there not enough material to work with, o did the owner prefer to leave them there?
    -Richard Lainegard-
    RichardLainegard.com

  17. #17
    chief Shawn@PRS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 1985
    Location
    Stevensville, MD
    Posts
    3,650
    Hi Richard,

    We did level the board and we got about 75% of the divots out. There is not enough wood on the board to remove all of the divots without losing the side dots as well. The only other option would have been to replace the board alltogether, but then the owner would have lost the Brazilian Rosewood.
    Last edited by Shawn@PRS; 05-12-2014 at 03:06 PM.

  18. #18
    Junior Member Axxeman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    New York
    Posts
    14
    Hey Shawn,
    Looking great so far. The frets look terrific. As for a few divots, they are fine by me. I believe the guitar has "earned" them. I mean, people pay some guitar manufacturers big bucks to buy a new guitar that looks all beat up. LOL.
    I'm glad you're taking such good care of my favorite ax!

  19. #19
    chief Shawn@PRS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 1985
    Location
    Stevensville, MD
    Posts
    3,650
    Hi Axxeman- You've certainly earned those divots, that baby has been played and often. Other than those small marks, the guitar will look like the day it was made once we are finished with the work.

    It's our pleasure to take this journey along with you!

  20. #20
    Member Richard Lainegard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    UmeŚ, SWEDEN
    Posts
    146

    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn@PRS View Post
    Hi Richard,

    We did level the board and we got about 75% of the divots out. There is not enough wood on the board to remove all of the divots without loosing the side dots as well. The only other option would have been to replace the board alltogether, but then the owner would have lost the Brazilian Rosewood.
    Aah, thanks for clarifying that =) BRW with divots > No BRW
    -Richard Lainegard-
    RichardLainegard.com

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •