Soviet Awl Recovery: Substitute or Restore?

What do you do with a cool-looking misfit guitar that has non-working integrated results and a few iffy design sides? Do you attempt to repair it and stay it authentic, or do you intestine it and strut your stuff with new bits from across the store? That is the conundrum that [Tim Sway] unearths himself in with this overdue 70s/early 80s Formanta Solo II instantly out of the USSR. (Video, embedded underneath.)

[Tim] likes numerous issues about it (and we do, too), particularly the acid inexperienced pick out guard, the sparkly pickups, and the beefy bridge that we could him set the string spacing in my view, at the fly. It even has a integrated phaser and distortion, however the ones aren’t operating and might by no means have labored that smartly in any respect.


The non-working results guts.

As you’ll be able to see within the video underneath, [Tim] has already spent a couple of hours making it playable and a bit of extra palatable as a way to determine what to do with it electronics-wise. He began by means of making the 9 V compartment large enough to in fact have compatibility a battery within, and drilled out larger holes for brand spanking new tuners.

Curiously, those guitars had a 5-pin DIN receptacle as a substitute of a 1/4″ jack. [Tim] purchased an adapter simply in case, however as soon as any person dug up a schematic and despatched it over, he determined to rewire it with a 1/4″.

For all of its plus facets, [Tim] doesn’t just like the headstock in this factor in any respect and located the neck to be too chunky for the trendy guitarist, so he minimize down the headstock, shaved down the neck a little bit, and stained it darkish. He additionally made a brand new nut out of what seems like rosewood. Then it was once directly to the extra usual stuff — document down the frets and varnish them, oil the fretboard, and blank up the frame.

The purpose of this workout is to make a usable guitar for the trendy musician. As [Tim] says, this isn’t a in particular treasured guitar, neither is it uncommon, and it wasn’t constructed that smartly first of all. One of the vital problems is the switches — they’re more or less gentle and tacky feeling, and one of them is at once within the strum trail. Will [Tim] alternate the ones out however repair the unique results, or will he make the object totally his personal? We wait with bated breath.

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