What a great looking guitar. I’ve never really liked Burns guitars but this one’s rather lovely.
It’s an odd sort of thing, It’s got a sound hole, but there really isn’t any sound coming out of it?
Some of the frets are a little worn….
and just a little uneven.
A fret dress will sort out both problems.
So, off with the neck and out with the nut.
Level the neck…
Tape it up to protect it, some black marker so I can see where the file is touching. As soon as I start you can see the low and high spots…
Once I’m down to the lowest point I can re-crown each fret.
and then re-polish them.
Finish that off with a good clean-up of the fretboard and it’s good to go, well good to re-fit it to the body.
The screws in the bridge are all a little gumed up and corroded..
So pull them all out and give them a good clean with a dremel and a wire brush.
Give the base a good polish and a spot of oil on the screws
The pots were a little lose but still had some of the original plastic film from the pick-guard. Again, just a bit of a cleanup needed.
The pots’ were a little grubby inside as well, making them crackle as they were turned, so a little switch cleaner.
Once the strings were back it became obvious that the neck wasn’t quite on straight.
So just slacken off the screws a little and re-set it.
All it needs now is a standard 5 point setup.
No.1 The neck relief..
with a tweek on the truss-rod.
No.2 The action at the 12th fret.
Start with the outside “E” strings.
and then the other 4, to match the bridge radius with that of the fret-board.
No. 3 The action at the 1st fret.
Fine on the treble side but a little high on the E and A strings.
No. 4 The Intonation.
No. 5 The pickup heights.
There it goes, plays every bit as good as it looks now.
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A word or 2 from the owner:
“An absolutely stunning job George, thank you for taking the Steer & turning it into a raging bull, a total joy to play now after spending 10 years as a piece of wall art”