#1
I bought an Ibanez RGA121 a week ago. It was pretty beat up, so I figured I'd refinish it before posting a NGD I sanded all the finish off, removing all dents and scratches in the process. Both on the neck, which had a fugly yellow'ish glossy finish and the body, which was just crackling and scratched all over. Then I gun-stock oiled it all. A very thin and smooth layer on the neck, and a few more layers on the body. Only downside is that the serial on the back of the headstock was removed in the process.

Here are some work in progress shots:









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#2
Fugly gloss on neck:





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Before/After shots:





#5
I would have left it alone. You destroyed it's mojo. And removing the Team J Craft logo...
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#6
Looks like some dents of the body? Put some drops of water on there to raise them out. But its sexy man ;D
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Looks like some dents of the body? Put some drops of water on there to raise them out. But its sexy man ;D


No dents! The oil emphasized some of the grain "structures", but everything is SMOOTH I am considering if I want to sand it a bit more down to get a bit more woody look (like the ones in the WIP pics), but I think I like this oily look
Last edited by xFilth at Sep 22, 2011,
#8
preferred before shots...

but ok.

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#9
i like the new thing but i prefered the worn look on the back of th before one and also prefered that neck in visuals, im not going to kill this with the debate gloss vs unfinished because i like both.
#10
Your all wrong.


RGA121 in natural owns the worn violin finish.



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#11
Haha, I understand some people prefer the old finish, but for me, I bought this guitar mainly to have a fun project with the finish
#12
You should have at least left the back of the headstock alone. All you had to do to the neck was rub it down with steel wool to get rid of the finish's look and texture.
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#13
you guys are weird, who gives a shit what he did?

There is no other model RGA with the same specs as the 121 so its not like he ruined anything.

If TS is happy and has a great guitar made to look how he likes, why bash him?

I love it TS and good on you!

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#14
Quote by Metalfan41
You should have at least left the back of the headstock alone. All you had to do to the neck was rub it down with steel wool to get rid of the finish's look and texture.


Can't say I wasn't hesitant about it, but I just wanted to have fun and go all out :P

At least I took pics of it in case I'll ever need it
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I liked the old top but dig the new back xD
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#16
The old top was pretty cool, but it had a bunch of semi-deep scratches and dents (that the pictures don't really show too well)
#17
very nice
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#18
It is very good .well nice
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#19
The old top looked hideous, imo. It looks much better now.

And who cares about the Team J Craft logo? It says Prestige on the headstock, and only Prestige comes with a 5 piece neck.
#20
That natural finish brings out some really subtle, but really awesome figuring on the top and neck. I really like the way that guitar looks. Nice job man.
#22
Thanks guys!

I already have new plans for this baby

I really enjoy standing in the workshop and fiddling with guitars and this guitar was mainly bought with that in mind, so I think I'm going to do some more fiddling
#23
Wow, that's an awesome job! I just picked up a used RGA121H today
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#25
This guitar needs no further finishing except maybe a clear coat to protect it.
Looks awesome, and I'm pretty sure it also plays fantastic.
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#26
Quote by PsiGuy60
This guitar needs no further finishing except maybe a clear coat to protect it.


Which is exactly what I'm contemplating. (Only the body, ofc)
#27
Quote by xFilth
Which is exactly what I'm contemplating. (Only the body, ofc)

Great minds think alike.
Also, HNGD.
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