#1
Long story short:

Bought a black Jackson DKMG many years ago with dead emgs, it was beat up like no other guitar I've seen. I nicknamed the guitar Rihanna due to its condition.

One morning many weeks ago I suddenly decided to start sanding it down with a random orbital sander and midway through it finally came to me "What the bloody hell am I doing?"

I have never picked up a can of spray paint before this, I had no expectations. I did some research on refinishing and ended up buying:

1 can of Duplicolor sandable primer
2 cans of Duplicolor Metal Specks Burnt Copper
3 cans of Watco Clear Lacquer (Nitro, surely smells like it)

I live in canada so I have limited access to stuff like reranch.

Some 3M 600 grit wet/dry
Some 3M 1200 grit wet/dry
Some 3M 2000 grit wet/dry
Some 3M 3000 grit wet/dry

Meguiars Ultimate Compound
Refinish cost: about $80 and 2 months of patience.

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I have a new jackson decal coming in the mail. Will need to reclear.




Ended up carving out a cutout for extra fret access.




Final Thoughts:

Since I had absolutely no experience with this, I thought i was completely going to botch this and end up in a very bad mood for a couple of days. But with lots of patience and guidance from numerous forums, I now have another beauty to add to my arsenal.

Durability: I have to push with all of my strength to dent the finish with my nail, not as strong as factory finishes but quite strong.
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Last edited by solidrane at Aug 15, 2013,
#2
Great job man! Especially for your first time.


Looks wicked
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#3
A round of applause for your first refinish!!! Great work! Patience was the key factor I was lacking with my first refin.... Caused me to resand and paint three times! Lol.
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I nicknamed the guitar Rihanna due to its condition.

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#8
Nice.

I am about to redo an old Fender in exactly that same color and brand of paint, except I am going to use a can of metal flake clear coat over top.
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#9
Looks good man! I don't care for the orange, but it's pretty impressive.
#11
Looks like you did a good job- kudos!
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#12
That's a damn sexy finish. Good job!
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#13
Unfortunately I don't have any pics of the dinky before the refinish.

But, I have decided to dive straight into the realm of guitar building. I have little experience with the tools for the process so this is going to be a learning experience. I'll make sure to post again when it's finished:

Telecaster
-Flamed maple top and back, sandwiched in between is 1 1/4" of african mahogany.
-Mighty Mite neck
-Ebony fretboard
-9.5"-12" compound radius
-med-jumbo frets
Humbucker bridge/Single coil neck (Maybe humbucker?)

Exact specs are undecided but here are some pics of what's gone on in the past couple days:



Ready for the ride home







Top being glued to the mahogany.

That's it for now. See you guys it a couple months.
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#14
Righteous! HNGD Looks awesome!
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#15
The refinish looks spectacular, nice job


Personally I would pass on the Mighty Mite neck, they aren't bad but there's better options out there. For about $80-100 more you could have a custom neck built by Musikraft or USACG and have an infinitely better guitar. Or go ahead and try to make your own neck, it's really not hard at all. I find it harder to rout out a guitar body and cut the shape than it is to carve and shape a neck.


EDIT: If the idea of cutting fretslots bothers you, you could always order a preslotted fretboard and go from there. This one is ebony, compound 10-14.5" radius, and ready to be glued to a neck blank. It's really not hard at all, and you can probably find cheaper preslotted boards elsewhere http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bodies,_necks,_wood/Electric_guitar_fingerboards/Slotted_Fingerboard_for_Fender_Guitar,_Compound_Radius.html
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Last edited by Flux'D at Aug 21, 2013,
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The refinish looks spectacular, nice job


Personally I would pass on the Mighty Mite neck, they aren't bad but there's better options out there. For about $80-100 more you could have a custom neck built by Musikraft or USACG and have an infinitely better guitar. Or go ahead and try to make your own neck, it's really not hard at all. I find it harder to rout out a guitar body and cut the shape than it is to carve and shape a neck.


EDIT: If the idea of cutting fretslots bothers you, you could always order a preslotted fretboard and go from there. This one is ebony, compound 10-14.5" radius, and ready to be glued to a neck blank. It's really not hard at all, and you can probably find cheaper preslotted boards elsewhere http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bodies,_necks,_wood/Electric_guitar_fingerboards/Slotted_Fingerboard_for_Fender_Guitar,_Compound_Radius.html


No worries, I didn't buy much yet. Just misc. hardware, cts pots, and switch from stewmac and borrowed (stole) a duncan jb from a friend.

A place near me has preslotted fretboards for $20-35 depending on wood and neck blank pieces for relatively the same price. May as well try my hand at a neck while I'm at it.
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#18
I'd give building the neck a try. I'm also not a big fan of mighty might necks.

I'd second USACG, I'll also add that AllParts necks are great as well if you want to just get something already done.