1966 Ventures II GC Restoration

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Re: 1966 Ventures II GC Restoration

Postby BRRanger » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:05 am

All you need is a pair of vise grips and crank on those turnbuckles!

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Re: 1966 Ventures II GC Restoration

Postby 101Volts » Wed Mar 26, 2014 9:40 pm

A photo for the thread:

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The bridge may be replaced and a vibrato bar added, And a white finish.

Also, The dents have been fixed to some extent with the steaming method which is, Hold a damp cloth by the dent and then press a soldering iron that's on, On to the cloth. This puts steam into the wood and expands the wood.

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1966 Ventures II German Carve B670 (Over B641; Misprint)
1970s Blues Bender Body 1 - "Funnily Routed Body"
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Re: 1966 Ventures II GC Restoration

Postby 101Volts » Sun May 11, 2014 4:56 pm

I need a new bridge with the way I play; The acorn nuts for some saddles keep popping off while I play this guitar. Are Hallmark bridges a direct replacement at the same string distance and do they effect the tone much? I'm OK with the original non-roller type bridges and if the roller bridges that Mosrite made effect the tone too much I may not want to get one. I still think I may end up buying a trem arm from Hallmark though.

I may also end up getting another pickguard for this guitar once I refinish it. The pickguard I'm thinking of would extend to the side the Low E string is and cover my strumming area, Because I sometimes use a brass pick.

- Austin
1966 Ventures II German Carve B670 (Over B641; Misprint)
1970s Blues Bender Body 1 - "Funnily Routed Body"
1970s Blues Bender Body 2
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10
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Re: 1966 Ventures II GC Restoration

Postby 101Volts » Mon Sep 07, 2015 7:11 am

OK, I ordered a Chrome Roller Locking Bridge from Hallmark. Whee!

- Austin
1966 Ventures II German Carve B670 (Over B641; Misprint)
1970s Blues Bender Body 1 - "Funnily Routed Body"
1970s Blues Bender Body 2
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10
1990s/Early 2000s Riff: ES-335 Copy
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI

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Re: 1966 Ventures II GC Restoration

Postby vibramutant1965 » Tue Sep 08, 2015 6:49 am

I dont believe there are many of these with the truss rod nut at the body , must be an early one ......

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Re: 1966 Ventures II GC Restoration

Postby 101Volts » Sun Sep 13, 2015 8:30 pm

vibramutant1965 wrote:I dont believe there are many of these with the truss rod nut at the body , must be an early one ......


If photos I've seen indicate how earlier ones are, the 1965/1966 models have the rod adjustment at the body end. The one Ricky Wilson had is like this too, and it's a Ventures Mark V. Actually, the Gospel one that Kurt Cobain had was also like this and it was high up in the serial number range on the neck: above 1500. (above 1600?) Later models I'm aware of, 1967-1969, are generally with the adjustment at the headstock. I don't have a complete list of the models made though, there may still be a few with the rod at the body end even as late as 1969.

- Austin
1966 Ventures II German Carve B670 (Over B641; Misprint)
1970s Blues Bender Body 1 - "Funnily Routed Body"
1970s Blues Bender Body 2
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10
1990s/Early 2000s Riff: ES-335 Copy
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI

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Re: 1966 Ventures II GC Restoration

Postby 101Volts » Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:45 pm

I haven't posted much about the guitar lately.

I did receive the Hallmark bridge a long time before posting this, and it works nicely; I like the locking bolts on the bottom too, they reduce a lot of rattling the saddles would otherwise do. The only issue is when I play - and I strum hard - the Low E sometimes pops out and I have to re set it. I don't expect this to be an issue with the bridge for every player, but for me it's more or less just something that happens.

- Austin
1966 Ventures II German Carve B670 (Over B641; Misprint)
1970s Blues Bender Body 1 - "Funnily Routed Body"
1970s Blues Bender Body 2
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10
1990s/Early 2000s Riff: ES-335 Copy
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI

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Re: 1966 Ventures II GC Restoration

Postby dubtrub » Sat Jan 09, 2016 3:07 pm

If you add a slice of thin cardboard shim at the back of the neck pocket, it will raise the rear of the neck and give a better angled break of the strings over the bridge. That will solve the issue of strings jumping out of the saddles.
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Re: 1966 Ventures II GC Restoration

Postby panther » Sat Jan 09, 2016 10:33 pm

Danny, That neck angle seems to be a common issue. My home made resin bodied Mosrite copy had the same issue. Did they ever resolve it during production ?
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Re: 1966 Ventures II GC Restoration

Postby 101Volts » Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:13 pm

dubtrub wrote:If you add a slice of thin cardboard shim at the back of the neck pocket, it will raise the rear of the neck and give a better angled break of the strings over the bridge. That will solve the issue of strings jumping out of the saddles.


Oh that's very helpful, thank you Danny!

- Austin
1966 Ventures II German Carve B670 (Over B641; Misprint)
1970s Blues Bender Body 1 - "Funnily Routed Body"
1970s Blues Bender Body 2
1976 Brass Rail Deluxe #10
1990s/Early 2000s Riff: ES-335 Copy
2013 Fender Pawn Shop Bass VI


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