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Post  sunnydog on Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:27 pm

I ordered an electric guitar "kit" a couple of months ago and it finally arrived in the mail the other day as was backordered.
It's solid wood, edge glued body and solid wood neck.  The kit came with everything to complete the guitar save for the stain and paint.

This is a double cutaway Les Paul jr copy, and I'm pretty happy with the body and neck quality.  Fretboard seems nice too.

Here it is in rough form, no finishing
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Post  sunnydog on Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:36 pm

sanded with 150 to prep for grain sealing, both body and neck of guitar.
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So here's the grain-sealing gear.  Polyfilla, black dollar store acrylic paint, water.  Mix to a consistency of thin pancake batter and spatula onto guitar. I'll tell you I was shitting a brick slathering this stuff onto the nice clean clear surface but what the hey giver!
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let dry for an hour or until darkness fades to chalky grey.  The water evaporates quite readily as the mix fills the pores in the hardwood.
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Then using damp cloth, wipe away the residue
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Post  sunnydog on Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:40 pm

The grain is now filled with dark sealer, and once the residue is off the grain much more apparent.
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I'm going to sand with 150 again, then 220. After that its time to stain her to make the grain really pop.

More to come
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Post  Dennman on Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:06 pm

Cool project for a picker.That wiggly grain on the body is very nice.
Slathering the goo on just didn't seem right but it does highlight the grain.
Don't forget to date and sign under the neck joint.
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Post  sunnydog on Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:17 pm

Good point Dennman! I will sign and date.

So I sanded with 150 and then 220 following grain sealing, brings it back to a lighter color.
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Now I apply my tinted oil stain, "crimson" is the tint but it's pretty translucent. Brings out the grain tho and even some "quilting" in part of the grain. It should be more dramatic with clearcoating once the stain dries 72 hours.
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Post  sunnydog on Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:20 pm

now that I've proven to myself the grain sealing tech works, I tackle the neck.

But first I custom cut my headstock with my old scroll saw:
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Then lay on the slather after fully taping the fretboard...
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Post  sunnydog on Mon Jan 27, 2020 1:23 pm

slurry dried for a couple hours, I wiped it away with wet cloth and here's the neck and headstock with grain sealing done.

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I will wait for a day for it to dry and then sand 150/220 and stain it as well. I really like the way it's turned out so far.
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Post  Dennman on Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:45 pm

The headstock personalization is a neat feature.
Is that a scarf(?) joint on the neck.Seems like an odd part of a guitar to join wood sections.
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Post  sunnydog on Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:51 pm

yes there's a joint there, I think because the headstock is like Gibson guitar where its at an angle to the neck and this being a cheap guitar they wouldn't start with one thick block like Gibson might, but rather glue shorter blocks together. When you look at Gibsons the grain of neck is often continuous through headstock, where with this one the headstock grain is parallel to the angle of the head.
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Post  Dennman on Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:19 pm

Does this kit come with all the electronics? Do you plan to use those and possibly upgrade if they're not to your likin?
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Post  sunnydog on Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:23 pm

It comes with everything yes. I may upgrade the machine heads cause I'm fussy about those. And I've got vol and tone knobs to replace the cheapies it came with. As usual I've accumulated a bunch of stuff over the years and mix/match just like with the bikes.
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Post  sunnydog on Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:43 am

sanded neck and headstock to 220 grit final,
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Then stained with my magic crimson oil
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Now I wait a couple days for full curing of this finish b4 clearing
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Post  Dennman on Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:19 pm

Cleared yet?
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Post  sunnydog on Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:43 pm

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after 24 hours drying, pretty happy with the sheen, prolly sand to 800 or 1000 now then polish.
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then on to hardware...

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Post  Big Dave on Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:14 pm

Thanks Sunny enjoy watching this

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Post  sunnydog on Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:37 am

glad you like it Dave.

So I'm gonna paint the headstock of this thing in a gloss black, and the prominence of the grain had me a bit worried with that color going onto it. So I figgered some plastic wood might work as a smooth filler, kinda like bondo for wood ya know? So in another "holy shit" moment I slathered a bunch of plastic wood onto the top side of the headstock and let it dry. Hmmm, it looked really shitty, like a pile of baked bird shit.

However, a buncha elbow grease and I was able to sand it down to a pretty smooth surface...
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Ima prolly paint the headstock tonite, black lacquer
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Post  sunnydog on Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:26 am

laid down some primer to smoothen and bond the lacquer
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sand her down and more primer
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laid down a first coat, lookin ok. The area at base of headstock has masking tape over truss rod hole so the tape will be pulled off once final coat paint dries.
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I'm having a custom logo made by a local decal shop...it's in same font as the Gibson logo
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gotta wait for this to be completed before I can stick it on there and clearcoat...
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Post  Dennman on Wed Feb 05, 2020 11:14 am

Your own logo,cool.Mother of Pearl would be my choice but Gold would look good too.
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Post  sunnydog on Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:09 pm

well based on some of the highlights on body I had to go with this color folks
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Waitin on the brand logo!
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Post  Dennman on Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:49 pm

Well it matches the pine boards in the room well.
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Post  sunnydog on Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:36 am

I prefer the gold...much more traditional on this guitar
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Post  sunnydog on Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:35 am

painted the top an off white, called 'desert tan'...nitrocellulose paint from StewMac the guitar candy store...roughed up the edges a bit and tried to age it
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mounted the neck with a 'custom' plate I had kickin around
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Post  sunnydog on Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:44 am

then i painted the rim around the edge with gold lacquer....used the wipe-on poly to seal it
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finally "done" with the body finish, took an age! Headstock finish next...black gloss and decals done
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and hardware for headstock
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Post  sunnydog on Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:46 am

now for body hardware
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hang her up to cure
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gonna wire and string next
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Post  Dennman on Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:25 pm

Beautiful finishing touches sunny. Had a bit of doubt on that front paintjob but it looks good with the hardware and pick guard.
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Post  sunnydog on Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:47 pm

wiring was challenging for me cause tiny pots to solder and also very fine wire. However I managed to get er done
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Lined the pickup cavity with foil to try mitigate buzz from the single coil P90
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Post  sunnydog on Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:48 pm

couple last brag shots
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pickup volume and tone works!
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Post  sunnydog on Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:11 pm

and a vid...that’s all folks
https://youtu.be/djAjkGgukSE
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Post  Dennman on Mon Feb 24, 2020 4:12 pm

Wiring? Worse than soldering stock handlebar switches on a shovel?They were an ordeal until I got a propane burning unit about the size of a large magic marker.
It sounds sweet Sunny and appears to be a comfortable size to play.
Are you satisfied with the total finished product.
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Post  sunnydog on Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:19 pm

I'm very happy with it sir, I'd do it again for sure. I'm hoping to order another kit in left-handed model maybe telecaster style and build it for a brother. I think all-in for parts and supplies I was prolly $350 CDN by time smoke cleared, so next time around I'd be good for finishing stuff already and could do it for under $300. Pretty good guitar for that price and a really enjoyable project.
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Post  Dennman on Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:49 pm

Well I am most appreciative that you shared the build here. I'm not much for phone conversing due to my hearing difficulties and this site is my best way to keep in touch with the eastern Kootenay folk.
Thank you ,sir.
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Post  sunnydog on Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:16 am

You are welcome, glad you liked it. Gotta do something to keep the winter blues down....and write some more winter "blues" lol
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