#1
i wish to apply quilted maple veneer on my guitar. I love how the kiesel/carvin guitars look. I would like to get my guitar to look the same. But i am having a tough time finding a place to buy the veneers from.

I checked http://www.lmii.com but i am not able to see how the figures on the maple veneers look.
I also checked http://www.veneersupplies.com/, but their veneers are just 1/46" thick. As i am planning to ship them, i would like to order with some thickness so that there's less chance of them cracking in the shipping process.


#2
So are you planning on getting this for a guitar that is already made? Now this is probably a silly question but if that's the case, you do know the kind of work it would take to apply it properly right?


That being said, have you tried contacting those places and asking for more pictures or examples of woods and ask them if they are able to cut it thicker for you? I mean if you shoot an email or something telling them what you need, they can probably accommodate.


Also this thread is more suitable for Gear Building and Customizing.
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#3
Yes, i am planning on getting this for a guitar that is already made because my guitar has an emotional value to it.

I've tried calling local luthiers and they said that quilted maple veneers are hard to find. Specially in my country. So, i am planning to get it shipped. I am going to contact them, but i preferred asking a huge community first as i would get quick and honest feedbacks and also some similar experiences. I really want to know if anyone have gone this route.
#4
Okay so on that note you do know you probably won't be able to just glue the veneer on top right? You'll probably have to plane down the top of your guitar so that the veneer would be sitting at the right level, you'd probably have to refinish it and a bunch of other stuff. I understand a guitar having sentimental value though but I just want to make sure that you know it's not gonna be the easiest (and will be time consuming).


I honestly don't know many people in this section that order veneers or anything like that. You are probably more likely to find some in the GB&C section.
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#5
If you have to ask this question, then there's a good chance you don't know what you're getting yourself into.

Veneering the top of a preexisting body is no picnic. The veneer is very fragile and can be sanded right through very easily if you're but a whisker too aggressive with your sandpaper. It goes without saying that refinishing a guitar with a veneer is not very forgiving. Not to mention that you'll need to be careful in preparing the body to accept the veneer, especially around body contours. The only way to do this is moistening the veneer in the areas where it needs to bend around contours and apply clamping pressure by putting the entire guitar body in a vacuum bag.

As you might be able to imagine, it's quite an arduous process and there's quite a lot of ways that you can screw up and be forced to start all over again.
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If you have to ask this question, then there's a good chance you don't know what you're getting yourself into.

Veneering the top of a preexisting body is no picnic. The veneer is very fragile and can be sanded right through very easily if you're but a whisker too aggressive with your sandpaper. It goes without saying that refinishing a guitar with a veneer is not very forgiving. Not to mention that you'll need to be careful in preparing the body to accept the veneer, especially around body contours. The only way to do this is moistening the veneer in the areas where it needs to bend around contours and apply clamping pressure by putting the entire guitar body in a vacuum bag.

As you might be able to imagine, it's quite an arduous process and there's quite a lot of ways that you can screw up and be forced to start all over again.

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Okay so on that note you do know you probably won't be able to just glue the veneer on top right? You'll probably have to plane down the top of your guitar so that the veneer would be sitting at the right level, you'd probably have to refinish it and a bunch of other stuff. I understand a guitar having sentimental value though but I just want to make sure that you know it's not gonna be the easiest (and will be time consuming).


I honestly don't know many people in this section that order veneers or anything like that. You are probably more likely to find some in the GB&C section.

Thanks for the input.  Yes, i am well aware of the intricacy of the process. Hence, i've decided to get it done from a very skilled and renowed luthier here in my city.
He himself expressed the concern over the rarity of such veneer. So i am just going to source some and give it to him to complete the process. I have confirmed that he is equipped with a vacuum press. And i sort of trust his craft as he has beautiful built custom guitars for some popular celebrities. I've seen pictures of a guitar he had built which had a flamed maple design but i suspect it was a top than just a veneer.

@T00DEEPBLUE, I've read that moisture can screw up and produce cracks when it dries. Thankful my guitar has a fairly flat top and a shape similar to a les paul .
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#8
I'm thinking that, while your luthier might be up to the task, you'd be better off using a refinishing specialist.

http://www.martybellfinishing.com/index.html
http://www.wilkinsguitars.com/
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Veneer is always around 1/42" thick. Anything more than 1/16" is a drop top, not a veneer.
Veneer, especially maple isnt very prone to cracking. Ive bought hundreds of sheets of veneer and never had a problem unless they got smashed in shipping.

Ohh great. A very helpful piece of info.
You have had veneer's shipped internationally ?