A strange Saraceno body came in yesterday.
It’s been refinished in a greeny-blue metallic pearl — quite nicely, too — but has yellowed in places, taken a few scrapes around the edges, and is wearing through on the back to what might be the original bright red. A home nitro job, I suppose. The paint will certainly be stripped; I have a few ambitious color ideas.
It’s also going to need some filler. One owner looks to have gouged some wood out of the pickup cavities to accommodate long-leg vintage style pickups screwed all the way down, and may have lengthened the neck pocket to take an aftermarket neck. Thankfully he doesn’t seem to have widened it, which might have scared me off.
What interests me is the config:
- Floyd Rose trem route
- Neck & bridge humbucker routes
- Single volume pot route
Meaning it’s of similar spec to the prototypes Blues tended to use, versus the production models, so makes a great platform for a reasonably authentic Saraceno project, even without Karl Sandoval’s mojo! I’d guess it’s a Radio Ten — I’ve never seen a TV Twenty with dual humbucker routes.
I would say watch this space, but I am hella slow with projects, so we’ll just see where it goes. Cool plans are brewing in my head place.