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#81
Thanks guys.

Like I've been saying, the laquer has darkened the blue and made the green more vibrant and pronounced. I'm really pleased.

The signature doesn't look at all like I wanted it to look, but it will look fine on stage. It's too late to really do anything to fix it without stripping off the laquer, and I don't think it's bad enough to warrant that. I am disappointed that it didn't work correctly though.

If I had gone with a mahagony neck, I planned on having a flame maple heastock veneer to match the body. It seemed like a waste to get it on the rosewood though, especially because I would have had to pay more. Had I gone that rout, I would have tried my hand at using stick on inlays on the heastock - even more money.

I did end up going with the A2P in the neck, Lace Sensor Gold in the middle, and Super Distortion in the bridge. As you can see, I was able to get the black lace sensor off ebay.

More pictures should be coming as I progress. Keep the comments coming!
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#82
Oh, great choices in the pup selections.

I was really looking into the Alnico II's also, since I'm looking for a nice, smooth, jazzy sound thats clean but will have nice overdrive tones.
#83
lookinh very, very good mah friend,.
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#84
Good job. The only thing that displeases me is the burst. It looks akward imo, and doesnt look really blended.
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#86
Maybe it's just the pictures, because I like it. It certainly looks better now that the laquer is on, but I don't know that the burst is any more gradient. I had tried using those Prevail disposable aerosol cans to spray the dye but they didn't work, so I had no choice other than to rub it on.

Every hand made guitar will have it's quirks, and since this is my first attept at this sort of things, mine will have an uneaven burst and a messy heastock.
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#87
and it's a really good 1st attempt. Hand rubbing a burst is really hard to get right. Took me 3 guitars before I got it right, and on all 3 guitars I ended up completely sanding off the color and starting over at least 1 time and is some cases 2 or 3 times. By the time I got to a point where I felt I could do a good burst I decided that I liked some of my screw ups better and that is why I do the coloring backwards now.

If you feel the need to even out the burst you could go back and soften up the lacquer with some lacquer thinner and then put a coat of green dye over the whole thing and then put another couple clear coats over that. Doing a coat or two of color after you have done some clear coating can add a nice deep look to the color.

That said, I still think it looks great. I like the overall look of the thing, and as far as I'm concerned the fact that it doesn't look like a factory job is part of it's appeal.

BTW... I just remembered that you said that it has a rosewood fretboard rather than ebony. They really did do a good job finding you an almost black one, well worth the extra dosh I'd say.
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#88
Yeah, as Cord said, for your first attempt, it's looking really nice. I don't think the blending is THAT bad, so don't worry too much about it. If you feel like its worth your time to try fixing, go ahead, but its really not that bad. I like it.
#89
With all that said, i still cant see any blending. Maybe its my eyes, but it looks as if the first green wasnt rubbed out far enough, and that the blue or outer ring color is a tad to big to cover up for the lack of green. It still looks OK, but its not a burst IMO, just a 2 tone
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#90
I agree with you algeater. You really can't see much of a transition. Despite that, I'm happy.

Thanks for the tip Corderoy. I doubt I'll use it since I'm happy with it the way it is, but it's good to know.

I actually did end up getting an ebony fretboard. I figured that with the jumbo frets, I wouldn't be able to feel the difference anyway. Also, the piece they used has a visable grain; it's not inky black, and I like that. The neck is rosewood though, and I did pay more to get them to use a dark piece, not a red piece.

I should get another few pictures up tomorrow or the next day.
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#91
Originally posted by mnbaseball91
I agree with you algeater. You really can't see much of a transition. Despite that, I'm happy.

Thanks for the tip Corderoy. I doubt I'll use it since I'm happy with it the way it is, but it's good to know.

I actually did end up getting an ebony fretboard. I figured that with the jumbo frets, I wouldn't be able to feel the difference anyway. Also, the piece they used has a visable grain; it's not inky black, and I like that. The neck is rosewood though, and I did pay more to get them to use a dark piece, not a red piece.

I should get another few pictures up tomorrow or the next day.

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#92
Yer more pics would be good , looking great so far!!
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#93
Ya i'd like to see some more pics, and the burst really isnt that bad. I've seen worse on factory guitars believe it or not. Yours still looks sweet though.
#94
In some pictures it looks like theres a burst, and in some, there doesn't.

Any chance you could do a full frontal picture of the guitar in nice lighting?
#95
I already took one. It'll be up today or tomorrow.
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#96
Wow!That looks pretty good.The cutaways looks a little thin but maybe its just the pictures.
How long have you been working on this?I just found this thread today,and didn't feel like reading every page.
#97
^I've only been actually working for a couple weeks. I spent several months planning it and working for the money though.
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#99
^Sure did!

I can't figure out exactly how the straplocks work and how they go on. I got the normal schaller ones. Can anyone shed some light on it? I was going to ask my guitar teacher, but he had to cancel.

I've drilled all the screw holes except the ones for the straplocks. They came out pretty good - one is crooked, but it shouldn't be a problem. I also shielded the control cavity.

I have to get to home depot at some point for screws. The ones that came with the mounting rings aren't quite long enough because I'm putting the chrome rings on as well.

More pictures will be up tonight. If only it didn't take so damn long to upload them to photobucket!
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#100
Let it be known that photobucket works about three times as fast when you upload directly from your hardrive instead of from a disk!

These are from about a week ago:









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#101
Wow thats wicked, i like alot!! Well done on the finish it looks great!
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#102
looks like you gotta lot of orange peel, have you ever tried to spray the clear with the body hanging? I've found that when it hangs when spraying clear theres signifigantly less peel.

BTW, looking good so far
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#105
Originally posted by AlGeeEater
looks like you gotta lot of orange peel, have you ever tried to spray the clear with the body hanging? I've found that when it hangs when spraying clear theres signifigantly less peel.

BTW, looking good so far


Interesting you should mention that, because I actually didn't notice any at all. The back looks rough because I didn't do a good job filling the grain, but it feels perfectly smooth. The top is a little rough, but I'm almost positive it will all come out with the buffing. Remeber, I haven't done any sanding yet. When I sanded between coats with 600 gritt, it made everything very smooth so I don't think I'll have any problems. But no, I didn't spray with it hanging.

This certainly isn't turning out at all like I would have liked, but no matter what happens with the finish, I'll have a great sounding, great playing guitar and some valuable experience.
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#106
Well, granted it doesn't look as blended and shiny as the Ibanez you originally had in mind, but it looks kickass.
#107
^It will never look as blended, but I still have faith that it will be plenty shiny by the time I'm through.
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#108
It really looks great. Can't wait to see the finished product.
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#110
Looks killer! love the finish

I wish I had the time and skill to do something like that! instead, I just had my dream guitar made.. lol, took half a year but it's here next week, if you want to see pics I can show you some
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#111
^More pics of your Ran would be great. I already saw the one you posted in the EG pictures thread. Looks pretty sweet. Is Ran the European equivalent of the Schecter custom shop?
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#112
Just an update: Straplocks have been installed. Nice and solid without cracking the wood! I put the neck side one on the back of the horn instead of the point because it was easier to get it strait that way and it seemed stronger.
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#113
the best guitar project i've ever seen - i want that guitar so much

you've done a magnificent job, mnbaseball91

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#114
Great job, It's lookin' great.
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#116
Thanks guys. I keep meaning to take a picture of the back of the neck for you.

I'm going to let it sit another 24 hours and then start buffing tomorrow. If I have time, I'll wire it tomorrow afternoon.
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#119
I actually like the finish. Not perfectly blended but it's his own. I'm currently looking at Warmoth to maybe make a guitar but i live in England so i'm not too sure.

Anyone got any comments? (Especially you baseball) On quality, is it what you expected. Could you see yourself using them again? Are the prices worth it.

Thanks

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#120
Ok i just used a currency converter and its telling me 155 USD is Just under 90 quid (Uk Pounds lol)

Thats rather cheap (this is just a strat body price.) I'm wondering if there are loads of extra fee's. How much would shipping to England cost? I'm tryign to find out now but is there anything else to pay?

Maybe i'm just having a blonde moment.
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