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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby Martin Walker » Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:40 am

I truly envy your seemingly endless reserves of energy Drew ;)


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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:35 am

I suspect most of that energy will be expended on sanding the back and sides back to wood again.
This has been a very frustrating experience so far. A series of 'close but no banana' situations.
I think it's called 'learning' or something like that...
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby ManFromGlass » Tue Jun 02, 2020 1:04 pm

I built a bathroom countertop from 2” slabs of pine. One joint was end grain to end grain and it didn’t glue up properly. I spent a long time cleaning the gap and trying to fill it with wood epoxy but only made the tiny line worse.
The only way to fix it is to make the line wider and refill it which defeats the purpose of glueing those two pieces together. For now I’ve stepped back and installed it. I consider it the rehearsal. When I have the juice for it I will redo it and call it the performance.

But after almost a year without the bathroom has a working sink so I managed to accomplish something even if it wasn’t how I thought it would go in my mind. So I commiserate with you Drew. I must admit, working with my hands gives great pleasure, as opposed to many hours in front of a computer screen.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Thu Jun 04, 2020 5:29 pm

The back was not saveable
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The sides may yet be.
I'll have another try at a burst otherwise we'll be going solid.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:43 pm

Well, about three weeks on I'm pretty much back to where I was.
Restained and sides redone:
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So, time to try that burst again.
Step 1:
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Step 2:
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Step 3:
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Detail of the burst:
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It's not the effect I was going for but actually I like it, it's a bit rough/vintage, so it's staying.

The front is largely going to plan:
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So now that the colours are fixed behind a couple of dry layers it's largely a case of building up the finish and sanding through the grades.

Unless I balls something else up...
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:05 pm

Been a while for update here. Stuff has been happening, mostly sanding, varnishing, sanding, varnishing, ballsing something up, lots more sanding, starting again with the varnishing etc.
This remains a very frustrating build, today has been true to form in that respect:
It's been a mixture of progress and complete PITA.
Having tidied up the finish from yesterday I pulled it all together, and initially it looked ok:
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But then I noticed a little mark between the bridge and the pick-up. "No worries," I thought, "I'll just give a quick polish." And, it turns out, go straight through the bloody finish. :(
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So I've sanded it back a bit and now trying to rebuild it to sand smooth again.

Oh yes, and because I haven't ballsed things up enough I manage to spat hot solder onto the front.
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it appears to have melted itself into the finish and I have no flippin' idea how I'm going to deal with that.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby Folderol » Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:46 pm

Carefully flick it out with a very sharp needle, then create some feature to cover the blemish. A logo? Signature?
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby ManFromGlass » Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:04 pm

You’ve discovered a new finish - quick, do it 5,000 more times
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:13 pm

Folderol wrote:Carefully flick it out with a very sharp needle, then create some feature to cover the blemish. A logo? Signature?
Have tried this, no dice yet. Wonks reckons it will fall off / loosen up in time though. And he knows his onions.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:13 pm

ManFromGlass wrote:You’ve discovered a new finish - quick, do it 5,000 more times
i did consider this. But not with a great deal of seriousness. ;)
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby Alba » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:46 am

Stick a midi pickup there.
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby Alba » Mon Aug 10, 2020 10:50 am

When I was renovating my Fender F-80-12 the chisel slipped on the bridge (hadn't masked it properly - der) creating a lovely chisel mark just behind the bridge. I carved it out into the shape of a little arrow and filled it with bone dust and super glue ... lovely!
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:18 am

I'll keep that in mind as an option!
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby Pabs » Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:59 pm

Nice bass kit! Reminds me of a Hohner Jack bass that one of my mates had in Secondary School. I like the exposed edge..gives it a kiesel kinda vibe
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Re: Another guitar kit build

Postby blinddrew » Sat Sep 19, 2020 7:41 pm

Right, I'm calling it done for now:
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But here's the 'honesty' shot:
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I'm sure I could probably sand and polish a bit more, but frankly I'm scared of polishing through the finish completely and ballsing it up again.
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