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Old 02-11-2012, 02:00 PM   #1
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Westbury Restoration Job.

Hey guys, been commissioned to do a restoration job for a neighbour. The guitar is a Westbury Standard from somewhere between 1978-1982. I'm going to post this like a build thread, but obviously it's not.

Anyway here are some pictures:




I'm reverting it back to its original black. The only real problem I'm having is trying to sort out this bloody headstock logo.
My current plan is:
  • Make a pattern from masking tape.
  • Paint headstock gold (with a little silver in the right places).
  • Place masking tape pattern in desired location.
  • Spray Black, leaving gold and silver where the pattern was.

Cutting the pattern just now. If anybody has any bright ideas let me know
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:01 PM   #2
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I am interested. What pattern, exactly?
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:06 PM   #3
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Since I posted this thread I've been making (and just finished) this:



That's all masking tape there, just hope to Hell I can peel it off when I need to!

Edit: Jesus Christ, that took me a whole hour
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:18 PM   #4
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I'm a huge westbury fan, I can't wait to see it completed!
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Old 02-11-2012, 03:47 PM   #5
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I refinished an epiphone dot not too long ago and when I got to the headstock I covered the whole thing in clear tape and carefully traced it with a damn sharp exacto knife. Worked real well. You seem to have your idea thought out well but in case it doesn't work out i figured I'd at least give you a second option.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:00 AM   #6
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I'm a huge westbury fan, I can't wait to see it completed!

It'll be a while yet. I'm a bit busy with a few other things right now and this isn't my top priority I'm afraid. Hopefully won't be toooo long yet though

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I refinished an epiphone dot not too long ago and when I got to the headstock I covered the whole thing in clear tape and carefully traced it with a damn sharp exacto knife. Worked real well. You seem to have your idea thought out well but in case it doesn't work out i figured I'd at least give you a second option.

That's a fantastic idea, need to find me some clear tape! Thanks a lot
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:22 AM   #7
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I look forward to seeing this project come along...
I just dug my old Westbury Standard out of the Garage and intend to give it a bit of a spruce-up....
Need to replace the tune-o-matic, the pickup rings...

I also fancy putting a scratchplate on it...
Have ordered a very cheap Les Paul-type scratchplate and will see if I can modify that to fit...

cheers

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Old 02-12-2012, 11:46 AM   #8
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You're welcome. Good luck.
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:52 PM   #9
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You could print off the logo onto a sticky label, cut that out and use that as the template?
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:46 PM   #10
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If you take a picture of the logo, trace it on your computer and print it (Of course i would leave the printing to experts instead lol) on transparent adhesive paper then you can use that instead of messing around with a lot of masking tape hehehe.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:27 PM   #11
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Yeah I'll try printing something off, going to be a pain though!

Got the last of the paint (minus the headstock) stripped yesterday, I'll post pics in the morning Can't wait to get something sorted for the headstock so I can get this baby ready to paint!
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:32 AM   #12
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This thread is lacking in guitar pr0nz.

I am dissapoint Whoomit.
I am dissapoint.






Seriously though man, I can't wait!
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:12 AM   #13
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^

Here we have it, all the paint gone, bar the headstock. The paint round the edge was a bitch to get at! About to have a wee go at printing some sort of stencil. The only reason it's so difficult it because the writing is only about a milimeter thick.

Well, time for another backache-inducing job






Edit: I have overcome my phobia of printers, and got some decent print-outs of the logo
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Old 06-22-2012, 12:12 PM   #14
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Okay, so I've got some decals being made up, so here comes progress again!

Headstock stripped and guitar sanded:


How lovely is the figuring in the carve!?



Some complimentary mahogany cavity covers made:

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Old 08-08-2012, 01:22 PM   #15
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I have regained space for spraying!

Priming is happening :3

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Old 08-08-2012, 05:57 PM   #16
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Shit got did. Been waiting.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:54 PM   #17
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any idea what kind of wood the body is?
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Shit got did. Been waiting.

Yep! Too wet to continue spraying at the moment though
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any idea what kind of wood the body is?

Couldn't tell you I'm afraid, could only see the endgrain, and what's visible through the cavities. It looked like it might have been ash, but I really can't remember. I'll have another look after I'm done spraying. It's a 3-piece body with front and back veneers.
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:10 AM   #19
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I know it's taking forever, but here it is, some black:
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