cminxi
Registered User
Join date: Feb 2011
20 IQ
#1
So I've decided to mod my first guitar, a Squier Strat. I tried to strip the original body of its paint for three straight days with copious amounts of industrial-strength paint stripper, but I've abandoned that idea (I only just began to see wood on the third day) and bought an unfinished alder body from eBay. I also bought a quilted maple veneer online and I'm trying to go for something like this finish, but with a liiiittle more turquoise on at the top: http://prsguitars.com/privatestock/gallery/1652.php

I know it's super ambitious, but I've dyed a guitar before and I'm thinking it's just like doing a burst but in one direction... right? Any advice on how to go about creating such a crazy gradient?

I will post photos of the parts once they start rolling in. And a photo of the original guitar, if I get around to it.
W4RP1G
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Join date: May 2010
270 IQ
#2
Quote by cminxi
So I've decided to mod my first guitar, a Squier Strat. I tried to strip the original body of its paint for three straight days with copious amounts of industrial-strength paint stripper, but I've abandoned that idea (I only just began to see wood on the third day) and bought an unfinished alder body from eBay. I also bought a quilted maple veneer online and I'm trying to go for something like this finish, but with a liiiittle more turquoise on at the top: http://prsguitars.com/privatestock/gallery/1652.php

I know it's super ambitious, but I've dyed a guitar before and I'm thinking it's just like doing a burst but in one direction... right? Any advice on how to go about creating such a crazy gradient?

I will post photos of the parts once they start rolling in. And a photo of the original guitar, if I get around to it.

I hope you bought some extra veneer, because you've got a lot of practicing to do.

Also, watch this video, it's pretty good. I'd imagine you'd do something like he does:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeERvZ8ca3o
stonyman65
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Join date: Sep 2005
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#3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_JrN9_VTR8

You can also do it the old-fashioned way by rubbing it in by hand, but that takes a long ass time and is a lot harder to get the lines looking right. Use a spray gun.
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cminxi
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Join date: Feb 2011
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#4
Hmmm... last time I rubbed the dye in, but had some trouble with the burst. I think I wasn't using enough contrast in the dye color. I was thinking of rubbing it in again, but a spray gun would definitely make light coats easier... do you guys have any recommendations for cheap, good spray guns?