I've recently picked up a schecter a-7 on the cheap, but she needs some work.
I've got info on her I want to get rid of the shiny red coat it has and let the mahogany underneath shine through. What's the best way to do this? Chemicals or sandpaper?
Its got lots of rust on the bridge components but I'm thinking I could just soak them in something. Where do I get the springs/screws and all if it doesn't work? The individual pieces where the strings sit are fine.
I'd also like to thin the lower part of the neck. Higher positions are done but the lower positions are a little too thick IMO. I was just going to take sandpaper and sand away until happy. Cautionary advice?
Frets should be easy to clean with steel wool. Those and the wiring are the only MUST fix items. Pots and jack will get a good deoxi spray but the volume knobs that sit on the pots are pretty loose-how can I tighten them up?
-about the finish: is it a see-through or solid color?
-either way, i'd go with sandpaper (never below 150 grit to start and then finner grits ) and pacience.
-how do you intend to finish it again? varnish? oil? wax? the answer will tell you how much you'll have to sand...
you can soak the rusty parts (except for pu's) in something like wd40 (or any machine lubricating oil) and then scrub the rust off (fine steel wool will do just fine). there are also some commercial deoxidants for metals, but they tend to be a bit corrosive (don't soak your parts in it for too long). if you need replacemente parts, it depends where you are located. ebay is always a chance as most stuff is fairly compatible.
what do you mean by thinnng the lower part of the neck? the neck profile?
-electronics: replace the pots. if you are handy with a soldering iron, 30m tops and you'll have all electronics redone and new pot's switches, jack,... sure, you can use deoxit/ contact cleaner, but why not just replace eveerything with good components like cts or bourns or alpha pots, switchcraft switch and jack or neutrik?
as for the knobs, buy some set-screw type, like these:
don't cheap out. you've already done that on the guitar