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DeepDesertBeat 02-22-2014 06:33 PM

Guitar Center Broken Sadowsky Rebirth ***Pic Heavy***
 
For those of you who may have remembered the atrocity that was committed at Guitar Center, when a beautiful used Sadowsky NYC Standard 4 was dropped and smashed.

There is great news. I ended up with the Sadowsky, buying it from the second owner (post smashing). The Sadowsky was repaired by gluing only. After I picked it up, I took it to the great Pat Wilkins for his magic.

When I went to Pat's shop, I had no idea what color I wanted. I wanted a diagnosis from Pat, then go from there. Pat said that he can sand and refinish it, but I have to go with a tinted clear.

Again, I had no idea what color I wanted until I looked over on the rack and saw a Lakland trans pink. I was immediately sold. That was the color that I wanted, I also had Pat do a refret and refinish the neck. Given that Pat does Roger's finishing, I would be getting a "factory finish". The refret would essentially give my a "new" Sadowsky.

After an approximately 5 week wait, my new baby was delivered.

As a painful reminder, here is what came from Guitar Center.


20130816_221642_zps2a722443 by DeepDesertBeat, on Flickr


20130816_221709_zps716407de by DeepDesertBeat, on Flickr

This is how it looked when I got it:


DSC00132 by DeepDesertBeat, on Flickr


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DeepDesertBeat 02-22-2014 06:34 PM

And finally, the rebirth....


DSC00714 by DeepDesertBeat, on Flickr


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DSC00709 by DeepDesertBeat, on Flickr


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DSC00716 by DeepDesertBeat, on Flickr


DSC00718 by DeepDesertBeat, on Flickr

cewillm 02-22-2014 06:36 PM

Awesome! Love how Pat even touched up the headstock.

makaspar 02-22-2014 06:39 PM

Wow! It looks great!

Hopkins 02-22-2014 06:40 PM

Wow, that is an amazing repair job, if you didn't know it was there nobody would ever even notice it. I didn't expect to see that trans pink when I scrolled down, it looks great with the black hardware.

bassbenj 02-22-2014 06:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hopkins (Post 15558825)
Wow, that is an amazing repair job, if you didn't know it was there nobody would ever even notice it. I didn't expect to see that trans pink when I scrolled down, it looks great with the black hardware.

I agree and I love the honesty of the trans pink that still shows the repair if you look closely yet isn't noticeable at all from a distance. So much better than just using paint to cover a multitude of sins. Killer bass!

Hopkins 02-22-2014 06:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bassbenj (Post 15558872)
I agree and I love the honesty of the trans pink that still shows the repair if you look closely yet isn't noticeable at all from a distance. So much better than just using paint to cover a multitude of sins. Killer bass!

Which is exactly what I would have done. But then again I am no Pat Wilkins, it takes an extremely talented man to pull that off. Especially after looking at the glue lines of the repair with the original finish on it, I would have never dreamed that would have been able to be hidden that well with a trans finish.

DeepDesertBeat 02-23-2014 06:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cewillm (Post 15558807)
Awesome! Love how Pat even touched up the headstock.

With the refret, the whole neck and headstock was sanded and refinished, it looks like new.

DeepDesertBeat 02-23-2014 06:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hopkins (Post 15558894)
Which is exactly what I would have done. But then again I am no Pat Wilkins, it takes an extremely talented man to pull that off. Especially after looking at the glue lines of the repair with the original finish on it, I would have never dreamed that would have been able to be hidden that well with a trans finish.

I tell you, I was floored when Pat brought it out of the case. I had no idea what to expect and could not believe how well the repair was done.

I could have gone darker and cover up more of the repair damage, but I am glad I didn't.

mapleglo 02-23-2014 06:50 AM

That is amazing. I love the trans pink with the black hardware. Very classy.

Baird6869 02-23-2014 06:51 AM

Amazing work. Great colour too.

mjac28 02-23-2014 06:54 AM

That is almost hard to believe without the before pictures great job.

Greg_S 02-23-2014 06:55 AM

That is well beyond what I thought anyone could do with that damage. She's gorgeous!

Evil Undead 02-23-2014 06:58 AM

That looks awesome.

malthumb 02-23-2014 07:01 AM

Being able to see every day what Pat did for my beat-to-hell '79 Sabre, I am not in the least bit surprised at how yours turned out. Pat is definitely a master craftsman.

You picked wisely. Beautiful outcome.

SolarMan 02-23-2014 07:15 AM

Everything that I see with Pat Wilkins' name on it (and that seems to be more and more lately) is superb. Yours proves that he is a problem solving engineer as well.

Congrats - Looks freaking fantastic!

davr35 02-23-2014 07:45 AM

That is one beautiful bass. I love pink basses

Vic 02-23-2014 08:42 AM

Fantastic repair job! NEW LIFE! :)

wild4oldcars 02-23-2014 08:57 AM

Dude, i have those sheets in the first couple pictures on my bed. Weird.

Oh, and congrats on the resurrection.

basswave 02-23-2014 08:59 AM

One of the best threads on TB


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