#1
Last January, being the Rainbow fan I am and with their album 'Rising' being not only one of the best hard rock albums musicaly (thanks to Stargazer ) and its indeed epic cover I went out to do what many have done before... create a custom guitar to compliment the album. So after almost two years it 'should' be finished tomorrow night (if I have time) so i am of course getting all excieted and thought i would share my project with you all (although I dont post a lot, I like looking at pictures lol) So this thread will also mainly show pics, as all the work has practically been done.

So to begin with, how more cliche can you get than starting with a good ole squier?


As im not much of an airbrusher (ive never even tried) i did the more traditional approach of hand painting the fist which i thought would look more authentic with its 'raw powered' look.












This of course meant i needed to have quite a thick coating on it in order for it so be all smooth and shiny so I used about three coats of envirotext (sanding back down to almost nothing each time) which also gives a lot of depth and brings out the colour and then painted the back black and its covered in 2pac to finish it off.






The neck was my first project from a while back being scalloped, half normal half Blackmore and will also be all black with a 'Rainbow' decal in gold leaf ermm stuff (i think it has a proper name)

While I have a nice vintage trem lying around im just sticking with the normal Squier bridge as anything else is a bit wide for the neck (not that im really going to play it i dont think). I replaced the tuners to standard american ones (there a few years old) and the pick-ups are the Seymour Duncan 4T and 7T quaterpounders (T=tapped) with a three way switch and the middle is a dummy. Think thats mainly it spec wise but feel free to ask if i have left something out.
Hopefully there will be complete pics up soon
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#2
thats ****ing amazing bro! I lvoe the whole idea of th painting.
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2 thumbs up

Specially since it wasn't painted with an airbrush. Doesn't mean its way easier but it does require less skill and in general it eases up the job but hand painted?

I like it very much. ^^
#5
cheers guys
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#6
Not that I intend to double post but here are the finished pics







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#7
that is beautiful....
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#9
Thats amazing, one of the nicest pieces of art i've ever seen on a guitar, great work!
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#10
Wow!

Just wow
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#11
You're an great artist... you know you could have guitar painting as a job.

Amazing all the way from idea to finished painting.
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#15
Thats f**king amazing!




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#16
Thanks for the kind words everyone, it really makes me want to do another

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#18
that is awesome! you're lucky you're artistic enough to do that DX
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That's insane! Nice job man!
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#21
Wow... This is probably the best painted guitar on UG! Amazing job!
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#22
my god thats amazing
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Yeah, that envirotex was a pretty bad idea, thats what really put me off touching it, that stuff gets everywhere lol so much sanding!

Oh and as to the response to what acrylic I use, its a few brands so basically what I can pick up at the time and sometimes I use gouache. Main brand I use is Jo Sonja's
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#26
that's amazing! i'm looking at doing a hand painted project myself...how did you get such a nice shine on it? that seems to be one of the major problems other people have when they hand paint a guitar....seriously though, it's beautiful.
#27
One of the best paintjobs I have EVER seen! Massive congrats man!
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that's amazing! i'm looking at doing a hand painted project myself...how did you get such a nice shine on it? that seems to be one of the major problems other people have when they hand paint a guitar....seriously though, it's beautiful.


Yeah unfortunately painting with a brush leave quite an uneven surface particulary if you look at my technique which uses a lot of paint. Thats why I covered the body in envirotex. Its a two part clear mixture which flattens to its self, however you really need to mask of anywhere you dont want it! The problem with the strat is that it all runs off the slope so i put about three coats on in the end sanding it back to practically nothing each time and finished it in clear and then buffed it. Im not sure if thats the best way to do it, we just had it lying around the house when we covered papyrus to make an egyptian table (it ended up on the wall) so I thought I would give it a go
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Originally posted by Liberation
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#29
First pic looks like fapping

Awesome job though
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#30
Nice job. The clear turned out really sharp... thats the step that makes it all look professional.
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#31
I love the internet, this made my day. My favorite Rainbow album is their first. Check out my Rainbow tribute guitar in the gallery if you're interested.
Hey, someone should do "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" now, (look great on a tele)
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I love the internet, this made my day. My favorite Rainbow album is their first. Check out my Rainbow tribute guitar in the gallery if you're interested.
Hey, someone should do "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" now, (look great on a tele)


What gallery, as in yours or the forums? Ive seen one floating around the internet a while back (on the Rainbow Fanclan site it think), is that the one? I actually thought about doing LLRNR on a natural strat (sorry really dont asthetically like teles) sort of like Cant let you go spec but instead of painting/drawing it i thought i might burn it on with a thin soldering iron tip (or yee ole magnifing glass) I can see me losing interest of that one quick, that would probably be a 5 year project knowing me lol

EDIT: Just found it dont worry. It was a different one but i think yours looks a lot nicer
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Originally posted by Liberation
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Last edited by Master Shake at Sep 17, 2008,