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ScottR

Perhaps a scroll, definitely 3 single coils, and maybe an F hole.

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2 hours ago, mistermikev said:

I would be willing to loan you my vintage 1983 lotus in the meantime (hehe - I don't have a lotus). 

While I would def love to check out a build of yours, and would do anything for you... gosh that'd be an expensive way to get a recording of that guitar...  If only 're-guitaring' was a thing!

 

Yeah, those things don't ship cheap.

2 hours ago, mistermikev said:

just thought of a solution... you need a video camera and to pay someone for a single guitar lesson.  ;)

I need a video camera and to pay someone to play for two minutes.

SR

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I mean to trick the guitar teacher into 'making sure your guitar was ok' hehe.  For $20-30... I bet 9/10 guitar teachers would let you just record them for 1/2 hour.  Hell, some might do it for free just to play such a unique instrument.  Anywho, I'll quite beating the dead horse.

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First of all: IT WORKS!

But no glamour shots yet as there is still a fair amount to do. The switch is selecting the bridge and neck pickups backwardly. So I managed to mix the leads up or misread Seymour Duncan's instructions, or they are just wrong. I'm expecting to find one of the first two options. The second and fourth positions work as they should and it is indeed very warm and fat. A fat strat.

Apparently my ziricote demons still live in my garage. This thing jumped of my bench and bumped its ass on the concrete floor.

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So now I need to figure out how I'm going to fix that.

SR

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well, if anyone can fix that I trust it would be you.  looks very nice.  Just noticed how the upper horn bents up... that's a nice detail.  Rock on!

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Ouch! That makes the scratches on my builds lose any significance.

BTW is that chatoyance on the edge of the back plate? Or just a well lit lighter stripe?

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8 hours ago, Bizman62 said:

BTW is that chatoyance on the edge of the back plate? Or just a well lit lighter stripe?

Are you referring to the straight edge of the cavity cover?

If so it's a bit of all of the above.It is both chatoyance and a well lit lighter stripe.  That rosewood is pretty colorful in the right lighting.

SR

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2 minutes ago, ScottR said:

Are you referring to the straight edge of the cavity cover?

Rather the curved edge, the two orange stripes shine so it almost hurts my poor eyes.

 

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3 minutes ago, Bizman62 said:

Rather the curved edge, the two orange stripes shine so it almost hurts my poor eyes.

 

Same answer. That is another area of that particular color in the rosewood. The grain featuring that color are more chatoyant than the darker grain. And that particular section is the highest part of the back in that position. It was catching a strong low angled late afternoon sun. It fairly glowed.

SR

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You really managed to catch the light there. Those stripes glow so they almost make the rest of the back look dull - almost, I repeat.

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16 minutes ago, Andyjr1515 said:

Oh, goodness! :(

Yeah.

I had to walk away from it for a bit.

SR

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19 hours ago, ScottR said:

Yeah.

I had to walk away from it for a bit.

SR

I've found that to be the wisest course of action when something goes wrong. What finish did you go for, is it nitro? 

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damn Scott your heart must have sunk. you going to sand out greater area/build back and blend? i once tried to "spot fill" a chunk like this- but in my case I ended up putting too much retarder in the nitro and while I avoided blush (humidity was border line)-the dry time was so long I opened it up to dust settling in and ended up sanding it all back off in the end. i was thinking I could spot fill in a bunch-build it up higher than the surrounding nitro- then thin it down/blend it with thinner (that was the idea anyway)- but dust had different plans for me-plus I ended up with runs galore to be honest

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9 hours ago, ADFinlayson said:

I've found that to be the wisest course of action when something goes wrong. What finish did you go for, is it nitro? 

It is nitro on top of a layer of polyester easy sanding sealer. That sealer is what you see pulled away from the wood and making what looks like a bubble.

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8 hours ago, Mr Natural said:

damn Scott your heart must have sunk. you going to sand out greater area/build back and blend?

Yes, at least that is the plan. Isqeezed some water thin CA into the cracked finish and it filled most of the bubble and rendered it invisible. There will still need to be some spot filling. It is in an area rarely seen, so maybe most of the filling can be done with CA and topped off with nitro.

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This build is a total masterpiece! 

Bummer about the blemish, mishaps like that always seem to happen to me.

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5 hours ago, FINEFUZZ said:

This build is a total masterpiece! 

Bummer about the blemish, mishaps like that always seem to happen to me.

Thank you sir. Perhaps you have evil spirits in your garage as well.

SR

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Just getting back up to speed after returning from holidays. That looks so damn good it even makes that lacquer chip look sexy ;)
 

Start sucking more so you can give us other guys a fighting chance :D

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1 hour ago, curtisa said:

Just getting back up to speed after returning from holidays. That looks so damn good it even makes that lacquer chip look sexy ;)
 

Start sucking more so you can give us other guys a fighting chance :D

<_<

Good to have you back Andrew.

I trust your holiday travels were brilliant?

Now I'm pretty sure you have some unfinished business in these pages.....

Ready to go back to work?

:D

Cheers!

SR

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Holiday most definitely billiant, thankyou.

Give me another day or so to recover from the jetlag and I'll be ready to tackle anything*

 

 

 

 

* - may not actually be ready to tackle anything

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That's a bummer scott.  It's great it sounds good though!  The coloration may be different but I assume when it's near level you should be able to polish the nitro to the same luster? 

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12 hours ago, ZekeB said:

That's a bummer scott.  It's great it sounds good though!  The coloration may be different but I assume when it's near level you should be able to polish the nitro to the same luster? 

Yes. One of the best things about nitro is the repairs are  easy to make seamless, if done correctly. The solvents in liquid nitro re-wets cured nitro at the point of contact and it all cures as a single unit. The down side of that is the solvents in nitro continue to evaporate for months, even though most of it is evaporated in a couple of weeks. So your options are to leave the added nitro sitting proud of the surrounding area for months before leveling and polishing, or level and polish when you feel like it....and go back in a few months and level and polish again. In this case the repaired area will have sunk a little below the surrounding level and the area will need to be sanded to the level of the repair zone and re-polished. Plan B is my normal choice because it looks better while waiting those few months and either way you are going to be leveling and polishing in a few months.

Plus by this stage of any build my patience is mostly gone.:D

SR

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To be fair, nitro never truly cures as such. If it did, you'd never be able to reflow it. Repairs on nitro are an absolute dream to perform compared to the witness marks left with catalysed poly, etc.

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