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Old 11-01-2015, 05:16 PM   #1
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Hey guys!

Im looking for a rather "cheap" guitar, WITHOUT the glossy top, as Im going to use it to paint on, for an art project, and afterwards, I'd still like to be able to play on it. Any recommendations?
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Old 11-01-2015, 05:52 PM   #2
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Well, Taylor 1xx series have a satin varnish finish, which would be perfect for this. Sadly, they're far from what I'd call cheap...
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Old 11-01-2015, 06:43 PM   #3
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If you look in the lower ranges of makes like Tanglewood, Recording King and Samick you should find a few that don't have gloss tops.
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Old 11-01-2015, 07:09 PM   #4
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Well, just one. If you're going to play with a pick, keep your artwork out of the pick arc area.

Either that, or play only finger style pieces on the completed guitar.

You understand you're liable to be sued by "Luna" should they happen to see this, don't you?

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Old 11-02-2015, 12:26 PM   #5
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The question is, who cheap? All the Martin X series guitars have matte finish tops. The Little Martin (LXM, LX-1( is a very nice small guitar and prices start under $300 on Amazon.
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Old 11-05-2015, 12:43 PM   #6
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if your painting the top, it doesn't really matter if its gloss or not. a simple rubbing of steel wool over the top will satin it out somewhat enough to make the paint stick. hit up a pawn shop or 'antiques" store and pick up a $50 guitar and go nuts !!!!
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Old 11-05-2015, 02:22 PM   #7
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if your painting the top, it doesn't really matter if its gloss or not. a simple rubbing of steel wool over the top will satin it out somewhat enough to make the paint stick. hit up a pawn shop or 'antiques" store and pick up a $50 guitar and go nuts !!!!



Yep ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:53 AM   #8
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if your painting the top, it doesn't really matter if its gloss or not. a simple rubbing of steel wool over the top will satin it out somewhat enough to make the paint stick. hit up a pawn shop or 'antiques" store and pick up a $50 guitar and go nuts !!!!
Well, if you're going to dull out a top, my suggestion would be one of the extremely fine wet or dry sandpapers, normally employed in the auto body trade: http://www.walmart.com/ip/3M-Wetord...it-5pk/16913670



No matter how fine, steel wool, (IMHO, of course), always seems like using a box cutter, when a scalpel will do...
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:55 PM   #9
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600 dry would be ideal, don't press hard or the grit will load up.
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Old 11-19-2015, 01:46 PM   #10
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I told the OP to go nuts...not you cranky ! (methinks you might live there already anyhoo)
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Old 11-19-2015, 06:32 PM   #11
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I told the OP to go nuts...not you cranky ! (methinks you might live there already anyhoo)
At this point in my forum antics, that appears to be a given and a general consensus...

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Old 11-19-2015, 08:03 PM   #12
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Hey guys!

Im looking for a rather "cheap" guitar, WITHOUT the glossy top, as Im going to use it to paint on, for an art project, and afterwards, I'd still like to be able to play on it. Any recommendations?


I believe Yamaha and La Patrie make satin type finishes, or at least they used to and you can buy them used.

The La Patrie is a classical instrument whereas the Yamaha comes in both classical and steel string.
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