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  1. GuitarMaestro

    Wipe on Polyurethane Varnish

    Makes sense - good to know that this is not an option with the wipe-on.
  2. Hi Scott! Good tip concerning the witness lines - makes sense. So far I only did nitro finishes where this is not a problem,
  3. GuitarMaestro

    Wipe on Polyurethane Varnish

    Durability sounds good then! Concerning spraying poly i found several tutorials stating the following: If you want to apply several coats and you want them to bond chemically and not mechanically, the timespan between coats has to be short (10-15 minutes for the Spraymax 2K for example). Most of them spray several coats in short succession and then they wait, sand and then apply several coats again, etc. Might be possible with wipe-on as well?
  4. GuitarMaestro

    Wipe on Polyurethane Varnish

    Thanks for your answers. Concerning spraying poly - it seems it can be done in a similar way than nitro: Jeremy sprays about 10+ coats and sands in between. I don't know if the individual layers melt together (probably not) but Jeremy at least does not warn about sanding/buffing through the top coat...
  5. GuitarMaestro

    Wipe on Polyurethane Varnish

    Really well written and great tutorial Andy! Thanks alot for taking the time! You write about the wipe-on poly: It will never look quite the same as a well applied and properly buffed spray finish It isn't as tough as a commercial poly finish - but it is tough! How would you say it compares to a SprayCan 2K poly finish? When you say it will never look quite the same than a sprayed finish - what are the main differences?
  6. Thanks for your answer Scott. I knew that tutorial already - it's great btw. But he writes about the wipe-on poly: It will never look quite the same as a well applied and properly buffed spray finish It isn't as tough as a commercial poly finish - but it is tough! So my question was aimed at finding the best way to get a poly finish without a spray gun / compressor. I will probably get a better finish with the SprayMax 2K spray cans than with the wipe-on I think?
  7. Hi there, What's currently the best option to get a high gloss poly clear coat without the use of a compressor / spray gun? Probably still the SprayMax 2K clear? Or are there better options in a spray can? What about these wipe-on poly finishes? Can they really come close to a proffessional finish? Many thanks in advance!!
  8. GuitarMaestro

    Guitar Of The Month For January

    That bass is one of the most impressive builds I have ever seen. So many different woods combined so well. I think there is excellence in every detail. The shape is awesome, the bubinga fretboard looks so cool, all these patterns created from contrasting woods.... I would not want to have to play a 8 string bass and have to use that gazillion of switches though, but I dont play bass anyway....
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    Guitar Of The Month For March

    Pffff....That bass is awesome looking. And you custom built it down to the pu's. I would have voted for it if I was a bass player. The finish is spectacular. The pu color does not really match the finish that's true, but in other months you could have easily won with that bass. Congrats!
  10. GuitarMaestro

    Guitar Of The Month For March

    Wow....this was hard. In terms of look and craftmanship I was unable to pick a winner because they all deserve to win in this department. Because of that I voted for the guitar I would love to play/own the most. And this is the PRS style guitar. The doubleneck is VERY impressive as well, but to me doubleneck guitars are quite worthless: I don't need a 12 string and I would never want to play a guitar that heavy and huge.
  11. GuitarMaestro

    When To Radius...

    Ok....I stand corrected to some extent. I really depends on the inlay shape and size. I was always thinking about shark fins, block inlays or anything else that nearly spans the width of the fret board. In these cases I still think it works way better to radius after inlaying. But I did not think about the more complex inlays constisting of hundreds of small pieces where each piece is small but the whole inlay is big. In this case it makes no difference as clavin pointed out. Or even gives advantages. Sry....if it came across as an attack....
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    When To Radius...

    I bet no-one of the people here that recommends doing that radius first actually tried that. If they did they would knew about the problems. It works for simple inlays like dots but for nothing which is more complex or bigger in size. If you radius first you can't even lay your inlay on the fingerboard to draw a precise outline of the inlay on the board. Even if you would manage do get the outline on problems will follow: 1. You can't precisely guide the router base on a radiused surface. 2. The cavities bottom's will have the radius too, but your shell piece is flat 3. If you use scrapwood under the routerbase like setch told it solves the radius problem, but this setup will be very shakey and probably not produce clean results. I can only state again: Every book on guitar building I read recommends to first do the inlays. Every luthier I heard of does it that way. Doing tight and perfect inlay cavities is difficult enough on a flat surface. There is no disadvantage in doing it that way. So why would anyone want to radius the board first is beyond me....
  13. GuitarMaestro

    When To Radius...

    You should do the inlays first and then the radiusing. That's the common way of doing it and it worked for me perfectly as I inlayed a set of sharkfins. The shell once it is glued to the wood is not fragile anymore and the more coarse grits are no problem as long as you follow them up with finer grits.
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    Guitar Of The Month For December

    Although I am no fan of acoustic guitars I simply HAD to vote for CGHBuilder's acoustic. What a beautiful guitar. It simply looks perfect and it has that tempting look of a guitar that you just HAVE to play if you see it. Additionally building a proper acoustic is alot more difficult than a electric, so vote for that guitar. Without the acoustic in the mix I had voted for rhoads. Impressive axe as well. I love the choice of woods and the workmanship looks soo clean.
  15. GuitarMaestro

    Where To Buy Strat Neck

    Warmoth, stewmac and all other guitar builder supply shops sell Fender-style necks made from maple. You can really get them everywhere.