#1
Hey has anyone ever done anything like a fabric finish? I want to sand down my old guitar, finish the wood then do a corduroy fabric finish that runs parallel to the strings. Is this doable? Has anyone done anything like this or know any links that could help me out?

Many thanks.
#2
Fabric finishes are much more difficult than they appear to be. You have to be very cautious about preventing air bubbles. I don't have any links for you, though. Sorry.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#3
I haven't done corduroy or any other cotton type fabric, but I have done tolex onto my guitar....
I used contact glue (ados) because you don't have to clamp on put weight on it. I just put it onto the wood a little bit tacky and then just pushed any bubbles down, it only takes about 10mins for it to be set enough to leave it



#4
Wow that looks pretty good, you think the same process would apply to fabrics? Also what about going around the sides and to the back of the guitar, sounds like a bitch.
#7
Yeah there's going to be no finish on the corduroy at all so it retains the cords and awesomeness that is corduroy. I think I'm gonna do the back and form as one piece and a long strip for the side and the stitch them together at the ends and fray it a bit to get a cool effect.

I guess I can do it like the tolex finish but should I finish the wood under the corduroy or not?
#9
Quote by LeviMan_2001
Yeah I would finish the wood underneath. I just though of something though, what if you recessed a large area for the cord to sit in. That'd be sweet!


Hmm, what do you mean by that? The cord of the fabric, or what? And where would the recession be?
#10
Quote by sk8m8trix
Wow that looks pretty good, you think the same process would apply to fabrics? Also what about going around the sides and to the back of the guitar, sounds like a bitch.



Corduroy is pretty thick so I think you would get away with the same process

the edges were just as easy.....I just kinda evened them out and then glued a strip on the same way as the front and back


#11
I want to see pictures! I'm doing a fabric cover on an acoustic right now, but it will be getting a thick epoxy coating over top. The fabric is just for design and to hide heavy juvenile scratching that occurred long ago. I dont think you need to finish the wood first, unless you think the corduroy will get taken off at some time.
Syntharnia, thanks for your pix!
#12
Quote by sk8m8trix
Hmm, what do you mean by that? The cord of the fabric, or what? And where would the recession be?


Meh, never mind I was just thinking the entire guitar wood except with a shallow recess across the whole face where the corduroy will be. That way the curdoroy would be flush mounted, if you will.
#13
Quote by RebuildIt
I want to see pictures! I'm doing a fabric cover on an acoustic right now, but it will be getting a thick epoxy coating over top. The fabric is just for design and to hide heavy juvenile scratching that occurred long ago. I dont think you need to finish the wood first, unless you think the corduroy will get taken off at some time.
Syntharnia, thanks for your pix!

you know thatsw gonna drastically alter the sound of the acoustic right?
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#14
if it's just bare wood, you should put a good 2-3 layers of clear over it, I would say, just to seal the wood. But i dont know about letting guitar bodies breathe
#15
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you know thatsw gonna drastically alter the sound of the acoustic right?

By "alter the sound," I think you mean "suck all tone and sustain out of the guitar until there's nothing left and it sounds like a cardboard box strung with rubber bands."
Sincerely, Chad.
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#16
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By "alter the sound," I think you mean "suck all tone and sustain out of the guitar until there's nothing left and it sounds like a cardboard box strung with rubber bands."

I think the strings might sound a little more high mid centric than rubber bands, but yeah pretty much.
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#17
Quote by Chad48309
By "alter the sound," I think you mean "suck all tone and sustain out of the guitar until there's nothing left and it sounds like a cardboard box strung with rubber bands."


Yeah, that's a possibility. I'm planning to use a light fabric and it will be stiffened with a significant layer of epoxy, so I dont think it will be dead. I actually expect the sustain to improve, but not sure what will happen to the resonance or timbre. Only the front will be covered, so the back of the sound box will have the same dynamics. It was a garbage guitar, so if its a bust I've learned a thing or two and stayed out of trouble for several hours.
#18
I glued a veneer onto the front of my acoustic and it did seem to take a lot of dynamics out of the sound....mind you I haven't changed the strings in about 5yrs so that probably has a lot to do with it to haha
#19
Quote by RebuildIt
Yeah, that's a possibility. I'm planning to use a light fabric and it will be stiffened with a significant layer of epoxy, so I dont think it will be dead. I actually expect the sustain to improve, but not sure what will happen to the resonance or timbre. Only the front will be covered, so the back of the sound box will have the same dynamics. It was a garbage guitar, so if its a bust I've learned a thing or two and stayed out of trouble for several hours.

To each his own. Personally, I think it's a bollocks idea and you should be ashamed for having thought of it in the first place.

But good luck, I guess.

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I glued a veneer onto the front of my acoustic and it did seem to take a lot of dynamics out of the sound....mind you I haven't changed the strings in about 5yrs so that probably has a lot to do with it to haha

And you ... you should just be ashamed. Period.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#20
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Yeah, that's a possibility. I'm planning to use a light fabric and it will be stiffened with a significant layer of epoxy, so I dont think it will be dead. I actually expect the sustain to improve, but not sure what will happen to the resonance or timbre. Only the front will be covered, so the back of the sound box will have the same dynamics. It was a garbage guitar, so if its a bust I've learned a thing or two and stayed out of trouble for several hours.

The vibrations of the soundboard are what makes up most of the "tone" of your acoustic... Strum a chord and let ring. Then do the same, but immediately after you strum, place your palm on the soundboard behind the bridge. If your guitar is any good then you should hear a very audible drop in sound quality. Now imagine what'll happen if you cover the whole thing up with an epoxy-stiffened piece of rather thick fabric. It'll kill it.

Quote by LeviMan_2001
Meh, never mind I was just thinking the entire guitar wood except with a shallow recess across the whole face where the corduroy will be. That way the curdoroy would be flush mounted, if you will.

Like the recessed mirror fronts on the New Century Gibsons, right?
#21
Ah after seeing that post I finally get what you mean by the recessed front. That's actually an amazing idea, I do think it would be a pain to recess the inside front though. That would look sick though, thanks for the idea.

I wont be able to start work on this until I get home in a month, but when I do pics will totally be going up. I'm just brainstorming good ideas now.
#22
Quote by Chad48309
To each his own. Personally, I think it's a bollocks idea and you should be ashamed for having thought of it in the first place.

But good luck, I guess.

Edit:

And you ... you should just be ashamed. Period.



um thanks....TOSSER

As a rule I hate acoustic guitar anyway so to me it is not a big deal at all....to make you feel even better it was a 12 string acoustic set up as a 6 string because the only thing worse than an acoustic is a 12 string acoustic
Last edited by sytharnia1560 at Apr 16, 2011,
#23
Quote by sytharnia1560
um thinks....TOSSER

As a rule I hate acoustic guitar anyway so to me it is not a big deal at all....to make you feel even better it was a 12 string acoustic set up as a 6 string because the only thing worse than an acoustic is a 12 string acoustic



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