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    field trip time_ Creature Comforts Brewery in Athen Georgia. Georgia law just changed November 1st and breweries can sell direct to the public- previously you had to "buy a tour ticket" and as part of the tour you might be able to taste some, and maybe get a six pack as part of the tour. Now- they can sell up to something like 256 ounces per person per day. They have a system that takes your drivers license number, and confirms your identity and I assume some sort of database as well for reporting to state agencies. anywho- they released Tropicalisma, which is a double IPA based on their very good Tropicalia IPA- which is excellent brew. They also released a few others that I didnt care about. (A saison, a biere der garde and a Grissette). The doors opened for this even at 1pm, My nephew and I arrived at 1:20 pm and the line stretched around the block. 20 minutes later we finally round the corner one hour later we are half a block closer the tent on the other side of those green bushes is our destination one hour later (yes- I am that much of a beer dork to stand in line for 2 hours to get this stuff) I am 10 people from finally getting to buy this special release- after my long waited for purchase was over- I stepped into the surprisingly small brewery itself- and driving away from the brewery- I forgot to take a pic of the outside- so out the back window it is and prize arrives home, about to be chilled to perfection.I forgot to take a pic of it in a glass- so- maybe next weekend.
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    Hope all is well with you. Ive been incredibly busy with my new job and other life stuff. Some good, some difficult. I usually only have a few hours of free time on my days off. But just thought i'd share the couple of things ive done on my days off the past couple months.
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    no no, micromesh first, then buff. If you only have swirls in the clearcoat then you probably don't need to sand at all. Just buff with an automotive polishing compound. Sanding does produce scratches, but going from coarse to finer grits makes the scratches progressively finer - with the finer grits removing the scratches from the coarser ones - so just like sanding wood. In general I think the same principles apply to most clearcoats that people use, both on cars and on guitars. There is a large overlap. Buffing can be done by hand (at which point it will take longer), or by machine - depends what you have available.
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    Wow it's been a while! This has been a busy month but I finally can update the thread. I glued the new layer and got it to shape. Sadly... it kind of moved when using the clamps so the shape end up wrong on the top layer. Rookie mistake. After I finished that I just put the body away (I was tired of working on that new top layer!) and kind of wanted to try out the paint, so I used it on the headstock. I liked that reflective effect The next day I thought about painting the guitar body, which was scary because I didn't know how would plywood react. In my country, when you ask hardware store workers for wood primer they look at you like if you had asked them if you can lick their ears. They literally don't know what that is. I looked up something like homemade primer and saw something about using a mixture of wood glue and water. Tried it out but it didn't work, which I assume is because I used a lot more water than glue. Something else to have in mind for next time, would love to try it out. So, started painting the body even with that questionable layer of homemade primer And meanwhile, working on the neck, just as Dan from Guns And Guitars taught me A total 8 layers of paint with no intention of covering it with lacquer, I dig the exposed paint look. It was kind of dissappointing the look it got without primer, but it wasn't like I'd ruined a great guitar body anyways Besides, I also think that looks is part of its charm haha. I took no photos of the wiring process as I kind of rushed it at 3am so I could finally use my guitar hahaha. But it was very rustic, and also the first wiring I've done that fully worked (thank god). A thing to mention is that I didnt know how to ground the bridge. I've seen it done with standard tremolo bridges but never on a top loading one like mine. So I just cut through the pickup's ring and pulled the cable out of there to make it get stuck between some saddles. Rustic but works. (It wouldn't solder directly to the bridge so I just put it in there) When I put the strings on I noticed a huge fret buzz and the 9th fret wouldn't let any other fret before it make sound. I rushed to make it work without taking into account that It would be 'fixed' by the effect the strings would have on the neck. That is a thing right? I think that's what happened, because after a while I could lower the action/saddles and got no buzz. A bad thing with this cheap bridge is that the high E saddle got stuck and it's at a ridiculously high action. I have no idea how to make that work out. I'll find a way. The final step was installing the chinese strap locks with a little bit of glue. I'd never had a guitar with strap locks before and I really like the feeling of having them on this guitar So, I reach the end of the road. There you can see some cheap covers I improvised with plywood scraps. Welcome to the family (I wouldnt use the bridge position for playing clean haha) Thanks a lot everyone, for helping out with my first build. I feel like I'm more proud than I should be But yes, this feels like a huge accomplishment. Can't wait to get to a new project
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    Osorio- you have really executed this guitar well. I especially like the "recessed carve" feature in the front. Well done.
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    Been jonesing for a big bore revolver. I like my .357 , but I am fascinated by the .454 casull Super Blackhawk/Redhawk. I've never paid attention to it before, but it works similarly to a .357 in that you can fire the heavy .454 rounds or the much milder .45 colt rounds without changing cylinders or anything. The .45 colt rounds are just slightly hotter than .357, but the 454 casull can throw a heavy ass bullet at 1900 fps, generating almost 2000 foot pounds of muzzle energy. A typical .44 mag generates around 900 foot pounds. It's totally a Bear/Moose gun, but I think I could have a lot of fun with the .45 colt rounds at the range while still having the capability of running heavy if I ever do get up to bear country.
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    When I think of what this thing looked like when you started... What a journey. SR
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    Today I've glued on the hardmapple top to the cedar-bubinga body and did an access in the inferior horn in the posterior zone for a better accesibility to the last frets. Some pics of the advances: