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    Chrome finishes

    You need a metal surface for powder coating, so a guitar body won't work. Also, the heat needed to cure it would probably cause the wood to crack, if not when it gets hot, then when it cools down and the powder coat would flake if you could even get it to stick at all.
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    Guitar Of The Month For December

    Don't know where you got that it was CNC made, I've never owned a CNC in my life. I worked in machine shops with CNC, but I sure don't have one. It's hand made
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    Guitar Of The Month For December

    What the heck, I submit for your viewing pleasure: Shane Regals Leviiathan "Mrs Butterworth" (get it, cuz of all the maple ) Specs. Ash body with 7/8" thick Flame maple top. Flame maple fretboard and headstock overlay Hard rock maple neck Dunlop 6105 fretwire Dimarzio Evolution neck and bridge Graphtech Piezo system, total stereo seperation (can run it to 2 seperate amps, or both together) Gold side dot inlays. 11 coats of Clear 2 Part Polyurethane Laser etched truss rod cover and battery cover (ash cavity covers) Electronics cavity http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/leviathans...le/IMGP2901.JPG Back shot with all cavity's http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/leviathans...le/IMGP2900.JPG Headstock http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/leviathans...le/IMGP2899.JPG Front of body http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/leviathans...le/IMGP2898.JPG Cavity covers and truss rod cover http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/leviathans...le/IMGP2896.JPG Gold dot inlays http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/leviathans...le/IMGP2891.JPG Neck joint http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/leviathans...le/IMGP2888.JPG Full guitar http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/leviathans...le/IMGP2883.JPG Check out the thickness of that top!!!!!! http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/leviathans...le/IMGP2890.JPG
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    Painting tutorial

    I'm waiting too. Sadly I haven't had time to get work done much less take pictures, with some luck once I'm in the new shop I'll be able to do so.
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    Guitar Of The Month For September

    I'm not nuts, I'm simply entitled to my own opinion. What I don't like about how the lamination ends there is that it kills the curve of the body. If it had been carved into more of a compound curve, like the tummy cut on the back, I'd probably like it more, but it's the straightness of the line interupting the flow of the curve around the body that bothers me. And true, I don't like laminations in a body like that, I think it looks like mistakes more than planning, but again, that's my opinion, doesn't make it right or wrong though. I like the way the laminations work on the tummy cut, it continues with the flow of the tummy cut, stll sweeps through, but on the top, it's just a straight line that seemingly comes from nowhere.
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    Guitar Of The Month For September

    Had to give my vote to Stew for the police guitar. Here is why, forgive me for being harsh, but after reading nothing but praise on some of these instruments I'm going to be straight. The police guitar, though probably not the most complex instrument here, is different, graphics aren't done often, and I liked the concept and the execution looks very well done. De-Fre's SG guitar. Well, first, I don't like SG's, but I don't take that into account. What did strike me as poor was the cutaway's in the horns, perhaps it's in the picture's, but they look very rough. Also, the piece of maple between the pickup cavities makes no sense to me. Don't understand why you wouldn't have painted that as well. Honestly, I'd have given it higher marks without the pinup sticker as well. Godin's guitar. Well, you've done well with building Godin, and I've read tons of praise, I like your design, but this particular one, to me was not executed well. IF (and that's a strong IF) your headstock is truly designed with the tuners spaced like that, then I'm sorry, but it's a poor design IMO. Not being symetrical is not a big deal, but the uneven spacing of the tuners looks like you screwed up. Next is your finish. I've seen you give lots of advice on achieving great finishes, so what is wrong on this one? There is more orange peel than the last orange I ate. Sorry to be harsh, but I can see it in the pictures, if you can see it in the pictures I'd hate to see how rough it is in person. I've been doing this long enough to know that pictures hide a lot of finish flaws. Southpaw, There really isn't anything negative I have to say about your guitar execution wise from your pictures. Looks good, I don't like the neck pickup treatment personally, and I hate tele's but the guitar looks good, the reason I picked the Police guitar over this one is that the police guitar, although a strat, was something different finish wise, not another transparent finish on figured wood. Phil, the bass guitar. This is a great looking instrument, however, whether it's this guitar, conklin, or anyone else, the part that always looks amatuerish to me is when an arm cutaway is done so that the back body wood shows through as in this case. To me, it took the nice smooth curves of your body design, and put a hard edge into it. Killed the look of the lines. Also, to me, it just looks like exactly what it was, the top wasn't as thick as it should have been, however, this is just my opinion, it's something that's been done by manufactures many times, I've just never got it, nicely done instrument though. Big D, another nice instrument, another tele, but nicely done still. I guess I'm just getting pickier lately, I hate wipe on finishes, had you done a nice high gloss finish on this, I'd have been more excited about it, again, just me, but a nice high gloss finish gives a much more professional look IMO. Can't really say anything negative about the overall guitar though, it is nicely done Perry, hard for me to pick your guitars bro, only because I expect nothing but the best from your stuff, the only thing taking me away from this guitar was the color really. Just didn't like it personally. But that's certainly not a crack at the guitar, just personal preference. thegarehanman, I just really don't like the design on this guitar. The upper horn and the F hole look like mistakes to me, the upper horn just looks odd, really odd. And the F hole, I don't know what to think about it, it doesn't flow with the rest of the guitar at all. Just kind of ends in an odd fashion. The "launchpad" of knobs looks weird to me as well, I think with the heavy carve in the top recessed knobs would have looked a lot better, can't knock the wood work you did there though, I know from experience it's not a simple task. Not sure what the inlay looking part inside the horns is supposed to be either, but it doesn't fit with the flow of the guitar IMO either. Just to many things look out of place on this one. Having said that, the work itself looks good. Cudbucket, Your guitar is very nicely done, I don't care for the color on it, particularly on the back, but color is a moot point. Overall the guitar is very nicely done. I think it the end, what really stuck out to me with Stew's guitar, is of ALL the guitars this month, it is one of two that was not a transparent finish over figured wood. Figured woods are nice, but everyone does them. Having painted over 300 guitars to date, I would rather see a perfectly executed solid black, or Kandy color done to a transparent finish. There is so much more effort and technique involved in getting the PERFECT black, or the perfectly laid kandy pearl than spraying a transparent. That's not saying at all that a trans finish is easy to do, far from it, it's probably harder when you really have to consider the color and grain of the wood to end up with the perfect color, but the actual spraying, and clear coating is more forgiving than the others. Black means you have to be absolutely perfect in your finish or everything jumps out like crazy, Kandies mean you have to spray perfectly or you will see grain lines in the metallic or pearl from gun overlap. Having said that, as I mentioned earlier, pictures can hide many imperfections in a finish, so you really don't get a great idea of what things REALLY are in the finishes here. More than anything I was trying to judge all the guitars this month based on final execution, some I thought were really good, some really bad. That's how it goes. No, I'm not becoming arrogant, I think my guitars are nice, but I know they still have a ways to go before I'll be totally happy with them. Most of it comes down to personal taste, but then really, that's what GOTM is anyway, a popularity contest of sorts. So, I really tried to be objective in this months vote. Sorry if I hurt any feelings or offended anyone, but the only way you really get better, is when people give honest criticism and you can take it and use it to your advantage for the next ones. Peace......
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    Wood Toxicity

    I did some searching after the recent thread with Cocobolo wood, and found this chart, some interesting stuff I didn't know, there's a couple woods I'm going to be a hell of a lot more careful with now, that's for sure!!!! http://www.cs.rochester.edu/u/roche/rec.wood.misc/wood.toxic
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    Lighting A Chevy Ssr On Fire

    More than a Mexican Strat, less than an original 59 les paul In the end, after he gets the clear and everything done, he'll have spent about $10,000 Canadian on the paint. The clear is being done at the same body shop who did the prep work on it.
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    Lighting A Chevy Ssr On Fire

    Yup, it will be cleared in the end, as for it being a bit much, I love it, and to each their own
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    Lighting A Chevy Ssr On Fire

    4. Now take a curved stencil (I made a few out of photo paper and solvent proof airbrush stencil material) and start to crisp up your pattern, start doing some filling in and start to build the fire pattern. http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/SSR/stencil1.jpg http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/SSR/stencil%20and%20red.jpg http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/SSR/stencil2.jpg 5. Then I goofed and didn't take a picture, but after you lay out your first stencil set, spray the entire thing with a Kandy Tangerine same as you did with the Kandy red. 6. Next, using chrome yellow, start to brighten up the outter edges of the fire as well as the base of the fire. http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/SSR/yellow.jpg http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/SSR/yellow2.jpg 7. Next take the same Kandy tangerine you used in step 5, and spray all the yellow back. http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/SSR/tangerine.jpg http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/SSR/tangerine2.jpg http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/SSR/tangerine3.jpg That's all for now, after 16 hours of spraying today, I'm beat, will finish up tomorrow. http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/SSR/16hours.jpg
  11. Here's some pics for you on the current project in the shop, a 2004 Chevy SSR. Yes, I know it's not a guitar, but the same principles apply! 1. First step was to sand the entire truck with 800 grit, this was actually done by the body shop that will be clearing it (due to lack of a full size booth at my shop) http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/SSR/prep.jpg 2. Then using Moly Orange, lay out a loose pattern for your fire. http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/SSR/map.jpg http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/SSR/map2.jpg http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/SSR/map3.jpg 3. After your pattern is done, spray over it with a Kandy red, I like to use a Kandy wine red, it looks darker and deeper (more evil) Don't worry about the kandy overspray if you're spraying on black, you won't see it once the clear is sprayed. http://pics.lgmguitars.com/pics/SSR/red%20...y%20tonneau.jpg
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    air brushing...

    as far as I know the minijet is only an HVLP gun, but you can still set the pressure higher and use it as a conventional gun
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    Two Tone?

    $100 isn't bad if they lay on a nice coat, when you consider the clear is around $300 a gallon. However, when it's just coats after the car is done, seems a little high, especially when you have to do the final sand and buff. Oh, under NO circumstances should you color sand this stuff, I don't get why people ever color sand anything to start with but do NOT color sand Kameleon paints. Usually most body shops charge $50 when they're doing it along with a car.
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    Guitar Of The Month For May

    geez, this is embaressing now LOL, a thread gets started about my guitar being in GOTM and it's got the least number of votes in here can I forfeit and save face now LMAO!!!!!
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    Two Tone?

    you can use nitro, but I don't recommend it at all, especially with the chameleon paints, they are developed specifically for use with the 2 part urethane, if you can't clear with that yourself take it to a body shop and have it done. The nitro will mess with it more than it's worth.
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