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Hey all, I'm thinking of getting my '94 Jackson Concept spruced up for Christmas and I'm wondering how much its going to run me (in American dollars). You see, it has a few problems including:

1. The fretboard is all gunky and needs a good cleaning. I tried using olive oil on it but that didnt help too much.

2. The action was too high on my guitar so I figured if I took out of the big springs in the back and screwed the little nuts down by the whammy bar I could lower it. So I proceeded to do this (I have since lost the spring). While my action is lowered, my intonation is screwed.

3. Noone ever really taught me how to change the strings when you have a floyd rose, so I just kinda jam a screwdriver underneath that metal plate where the strings lock into so I can unscrew the nuts (I said nuts heh heh heh). This has kinda scratched up the body of my guitar quite a bit, I would like this touched up.

4. One morning after a long night of practice, I left my guitar by my bed. When I awoke, I stepped on my whammy bar which kinda snapped it in two leaving part of it lodged inside the uh whammy hole(?).

So any estimates? Is it cheaper to just buy a new guitar?
 

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Easy fix's Ulny

Your fretboard can easily be cleaned. If its really gunky use a high alcohol content cleaner or straight rubbing alcohol with a non abrasive cloth. Make sure once its clean you use Lemon oil to moisturize the fretboard to keep it stable. see this thread for more info cleaning your fretboard

Since I dont have your guitar in hand, its really hard to say what it needs on the floyd. I would suggest taking it to a reputable shop and have it set up. Springs are cheap and a good pro setup is usually less than $50 bucks.
Have them remove the remnants of the whammy bar while they are there. Whammy bar is usually around $8-$11 bucks or so. The retainer for it if its damaged is only a $10 dollar part.

Paint is a cosmetic issue and matching can be a trick. Finding someone to do that will be the hardest part.

So for about $70 bucks or so and a little elbow grease,you can have your Jackson as good as new.
 

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Read my article on Floyd Rose and Guitar Setups and your problems will be resolved. As for the broken whammy bar, you can get it out with a little perserverence. work on the Floyd that is gonna cost you a considerable amount of money if you are in Texas. That is why I learned how to do them myself because everyone was so expensive!
 
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