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Avenging an Avenger

This blog is dedicated to a project to rebuild a 1991 Charvel Avenger.
It is in tough shape currently. Everything is original.
I will take it apart, fix it, clean it, and paint it this summer. This blog will document my progress and results.
This is my first project guitar.
There will be many questions and problems along the way.
Advice and suggestions welcome.

I am planning to replace the stock pick ups with new pick ups. The decision on which replacement pick ups to use will come later.

I will also rejuvenate the bridge, and make all the parts functional again.
The neck is in good shape and will be cleaned and reused.

  1. Bridgework

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    Here is the bridge from the Avenger. It is a JT-580 Takeuchi.
    It is a full double locking bridge, stamped Charvel, that was used on some Charvette guitars from the same time.
    Most Avenger guitars have the single locking JT-570 bridge.
    The bridge is similar to the JT-580 used on some Jackson guitars, but made in Japan. Everything is original and seems to work well. I will make sure all the parts work correctly and put it back together. ...

    Updated 09-23-2011 at 11:43 AM by Random_Sample

  2. Glossed Over

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    Here is the Avenger, mostly untaped, after getting the gloss coat.

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    This is a pic of the untaped, unpainted neck pocket area.

    Next step is to put the neck back on and start to put the whole thing back together.
    I will also clean up the neck and bridge, and get the all the parts working and moving again.
  3. Revealed

    Today I took the tape off to see how my paint job turned out.
    This is my first attempt at a project guitar. Although it is not perfect, it is alright.
    I will put a clear coat on to protect the paint.

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    The Blue Avenger getting the tape off.

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    I took most of the tape off. I left the routed out part for bridge taped.
    I wanted that part to remain flat black.
    Now comes the clear ...
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  4. Taping for blue

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    Here is the Avenger getting taped for paint coat #2

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    Putting on the blue paint.
  5. Paint it black

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    Here is the Avenger ready for the first coat of paint.
    I cleaned the body very well, removing all of the grunge before I taped it.

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    Newly painted with a coat of flat black enamel primer.
    Now the tough part, waiting for it to dry.

    Updated 08-14-2011 at 02:12 PM by Random_Sample

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