Friday, December 26, 2014

1992 Fender U.S. Prodigy II Guitar - [1] Super Glue Finish

This post is the first in a series of four concerning a Fender U.S. Prodigy II guitar that I had the pleasure of working on. The guitar came to me in the form of a beat-up body, neck, disconnected pickups; and assorted hardware (including the stock Kahler Spyder "Double Locking Tremolo System" minus its nut clamping blocks). The neck was crafted by D. Chavez on August 5, 1992. Here are the original specs, kindly provided by Brett Leasure of FMIC Consumer Relations.

Model Name: U.S. Prodigy II Guitar
Model Number: 014-5102
Series: U.S. Prodigy Series (introduced in 1991, discontinued in 1993)
Body: Poplar
Neck: Maple
Fingerboard: Maple
Frets: 22
Scale Length: 25.5" (648mm)
Nut: 1.650" (42mm)
Hardware: Chrome
Machine Heads: Standard Cast/Sealed
Bridge: Floyd Rose Licensed Double Locking Tremolo
Pickguard: 3-Ply Black
Pickups: 1 Standard Humbucking, 2 Standard Single Coil Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Color: (725) Crimson Metallic

Now, here are some pics concerning the prep and refinish stage of this job. The stock Crimson Metallic finish on the body was scraped off, the bare wood (poplar) sanded down, and then refinished in super glue. 

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