What a ride this has been.
My '72 is very close now. It was gutted, sanded, PerfectIt-ed, ScratchX-ed and zymoled...and it looks nothing like the wonderful refinish jobs you usually see. However, it does look great, especially in comparison. Let's call it Mojo. There were so many deep scratches and indentations. There is now a new chrome tailpiece, a retouched TRC, all existing chrome polished, false wiring removed and replaced with that of a '76. Sergio has built a terrifying high gain to replace the trashed bridge pickup, and is also sending a ceramic bar magnet for my toaster so it can keep up with the roaring. There is a new pickguard, clear plexi with white-painted back to replace the green enamel, and shiny new screws to replace the self-tapping sheet metal screws...OMG.
Still have a few odds and ends to acquire: a black bat, a few more replacement screws, and some wire to complete the connections.
Worst of all is to remove the wood used to fill the tailpiece channel when a Badass-style bridge was jammed onto this beauty. As shown in this nasty pic:http://home.earthlink.net/~kauschin/197 ... 1/id5.html
But soon I will post a batch of happy pictures. Thank you to everyone who had the patience to teach me so much about Rickenbackers. Truly a joy.