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  1. #31
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  2. #32
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    Oct 2009
    Evansville, WI
    Quote Originally Posted by plasticpigeon View Post
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    Really nice! How do you get paint off the binding? Just curious.

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  3. #33
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    Aug 2015
    Seriously nice burst. How did you do it? Did you tint your finish or spray just the dye over a seal coat? Airbrush or detail gun? What dyes did you use? What is the clear coat, nitro?

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  4. #34
    I scraped the paint off the binding with a scraping tool I made myself. It is a sort of thick bladed knife that tapers with a square end. I'll put up a picture. Thanks for the compliment rlrhett. I decided to spray a clearcoat first as I had made repairs and didn't want to accentuate them with stain. I used tinted 1k smart repair car lacquer as a base for the tints. I have used nitro but it is harder to get hold of. I used liquid light fast stain to tint the lacquer. I only have a few colours so had to mix them up to get the colours I wanted which were a golden yellow, black and a red brown. The spray gun I used is a touch up gun for small repairs on cars. It seems a good size for guitars!

  5. #35
    I've finished it except for the pickguard. Not sure what type of bracket to use yet. Here are some pictures. It is very heavy and plays quite well.
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  6. #36
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    Sorry it is so dusty, I have been assembling this guitar in a room that is being replastered at the mo so it is very dusty. There are also fingerprints all over the back which I should have wiped off!
    Last edited by plasticpigeon; 09-02-2017 at 01:49 PM.

  7. #37
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Quote Originally Posted by plasticpigeon View Post

    Sorry it is so dusty, I have been assembling this guitar in a room that is being replastered at the mo so it is very dusty. There are also fingerprints all over the back which I should have wiped off!
    No worries - great job nonetheless
    A long journey starts with the first step...and although I have long forgotten about my destination I'm still enjoying the journey.

    "I never practice. I just open the guitar case and throw in a piece of meat." (Wes Montgomery)

  8. #38
    That upper fret access looks superb!

  9. #39
    I made this guitar so I could keep it out around the house, and not mind too much if it gets bashed a bit. However the pickups were pretty bad, and although it played ok, I never felt it was particularly nice, slightly awkward feeling. I then spotted an eastman 371 for £400 not so far from me, but I thought, I really don't want to add to the tally of guitars, most of which are in a bit of a state, and which I need to fix up, so I thought I would change the pickups and add a pickguard. The pickups are some Alnico 2 humbuckers marketed by Vanson. Only £30 for the pair, but seem a great improvement, a much clearer sound, and the tone controls seem to have some effect too now. The pickguard has made it much more pleasant to play too so I think I will keep it. I suppose the look is a bit es 175, a bit es 125 with that pickguard. It's not the prettiest guitar, but I think I will forgo the Eastman, even though it is very tempting. I've included a picture of that too. However I think the urge to buy a real 175 will get the better of me sometime, I just have to wait for one that grabs me to come up for sale near where I live.

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  10. #40
    Join Date
    May 2007
    The Hague (The Netherlands)
    I think you made the right decision! I you want a real 175, then the Eastman won't scratch that itch. Until then you can enjoy this guitar. Great craftsmanship!
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