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Yamaha SC300T
05-15-2013, 07:22 AM,
Post: #1
Yamaha SC300T
Not sure many are familiar w/ this model from the early 80's: the Yamaha SC300T. It's a sort of what you'd get if a Strat and a Mosrite had a baby. I modify mine HEAVILY. I chuck out the stock necks and replace them w/ Yamaha Pacifica PAC112 or PAC112L necks, which suit me better (narrow C-shaped profile w/ jumbo frets) than the stock items; I make my own pickguards and install whatever pickups I'm into at the moment (usually Rio Grande Muy Grande hums and singles, or Pacifica hums that I've modified). The guitars can be had for under $200, and often way cheaper (sometimes I can find the bodies alone). the necks I get by buying alone or w/ the pac112 guitar, which I strip down for parts.

The paint on three shown here is from Testor's (see my comments on the Robert Olson page). I use their acrylic lacquer (colors and clear), which hardens fast and doesn't need much sanding before polishing.

The lefty necks seen on a few here seem to make for a more interesting tone--super growly on the lower end.

These are cheap and fun to play.

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05-15-2013, 09:24 AM,
Post: #2
RE: Yamaha SC300T
Here's a link to testors' site; I use the one-coat and wet look stuff.
05-15-2013, 01:07 PM,
Post: #3
RE: Yamaha SC300T
These are way cool! I was looking at your post and the Testor's website. The colors are great.
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05-15-2013, 09:21 PM,
Post: #4
RE: Yamaha SC300T
neat looking guitars...How do you like that hipshot babygrand bridge?
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05-16-2013, 08:20 AM, (This post was last modified: 05-16-2013, 08:32 AM by drjimmy.)
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RE: Yamaha SC300T
(05-15-2013, 09:21 PM)phantom Wrote: neat looking guitars...How do you like that hipshot babygrand bridge?

I had to use the Hipshot as it was the only thing w/ a sufficiently low profile to fit the guitar. I was pleased with the tonal results, though: seems like the right downward pressure over the bridge, and, combined w/ the scale length (25.5") and the lefty headstock, results in a super-growly tone with snap and twang. The Hipshot locks down also, making it super-stable.

That particular body I acquired from some other guy who'd started it, but never finished: he'd filled the trem cavity already, and painted the body rough w/ the sonic blue. I sanded and clearcoated it (using the Testors, of course), getting beautiful results.

(05-15-2013, 01:07 PM)muzikman Wrote: These are way cool! I was looking at your post and the Testor's website. The colors are great.

I've done about six guitars, now, using Testors.

If there's a Hobby Lobby or Michael's hobby store in your area, you can check out the paint there (it's w/ the model cars). It runs about 6 bucks/3-oz. can: depending on the guitar, it might take three cans of color and 4-5 of clear (for a solidbody), or up to 10 3-oz. cans of clear for a thin hollowbody (as on my Olson Johnny A repro). Of course, you're limited to the colors Testors makes. Also, about one out of five cans "spits", or is a little too runny, so you need to be careful.

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