The Restoration of my 1957 Esquire
April 17, 2020
Here is the story
The very first step was to disassemble the guitar, and start getting that awful Krylon Blue finish off.
After the blue was removed, the guitar got a coat of sealer.
After the sealer cured, it then got color and amber to age it.
The original pickup sounded awful, and when metered, it gave no reading. This is horribly common, because when players sweat, it lands on the bridge pole pieces, starts to rust, then the rust goes down into the windings, causing shorts. The shorts cause the pickup to lose output, and low-end, and eventually it completely dies. When I knew I needed major help, I knew I had to call my buddy, Ron Ellis. I spoke with Ron Ellis, and he indicated the pickup would have to be completely re-wound, but that he had old stock enamel coated wire that he used only on vintage Fender re-winds. So Ron painstakingly removed the wire, paying careful attention to how it was wound so he could replicate the wind pattern. Next, he cleaned off all the rust, coated the magnets in lacquer, and then re-wound the pickup with period-correct 42 enamel wire. Next, the pickup was wax potted and wrapped with white rope.
Next, the body finish will need to cure, then Dan will begin to age the new finish so that it matches the 63-year old neck.