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I was woundering if its possible to do put a Holoflash veneer on a guitar, and then doing a swirl job on it. Im pretty sure its possible, what im mainly woundering is if it will have parts of the holoflash showing after I pull it out of the tub, or if I would have to use acetone to alter the swirl a little bit to let the holoflash come through in places.

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You could always try a swirl with transparent paints so you can see the holoflash film through them. That might be interesting.

That might work, but my idea was more to have a swirl job, and make it look like the holoflash is swirled into it. I don't mind using acetone, i'm pretty confident I could make it look right if I had to. This will be my first swirl job though, and I thought i'd just ask, so I'd know what to expect lol. The holoflash won't be a problem, im pretty decent with my exacto. So, I just gotta worry about getting the swirl to look right, and the headstock, but I think i've got a good idea to do the headstock...Just dip the veneer in the tub, and let it dry and then put it on the headstock and cut it out. If that doesn't work, i'll just leave it black though.

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In that case, I would recomend doing a swirl with only one or two colors and making sure that there are empty spaces between the paints when you swirl it. That would leave more natural looking holoflash swirls than if you did it with acetone. Honestly, I don't think you could get it to look as natural as the rest of the swirls by putting acetone on it. Better yet, use the paint you want and(if you can find it) some transparent paint of the same type. I really don't know much about swirl finishes or what type of paint you use, so this might not be as feasible as I make it sound. I'm just throwing ideas out there. I would really stay away from the acetone idea.

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I would be very interested to see this. I was thinkin you were talkin about doing a holoflash top with swirled back and sides, but this could be cool as well... the only thing id say is DEFINATELY test this out on scrap. I would be afraid it would be extremely busy-looking. Thats gonna be a helluvalotta colors between a flash and a swirl

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I would be very interested to see this.  I was thinkin you were talkin about doing a holoflash top with swirled back and sides, but this could be cool as well... the only thing id say is DEFINATELY test this out on scrap.  I would be afraid it would be extremely busy-looking.  Thats gonna be a helluvalotta colors between a flash and a swirl

Yeah, i was woundering about that also, but Im only going to use 3 colors over the holoflash, black, green, and either dark red or purple, haven't decided which one yet. So the swirl/holoflash won't be extremely busy, hopefully it'll turn out like im seeing it in my head. If it turns out good, i'll post some pictures.

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Yeah, I will Definately test first, After i cut out the holoflash for the body and the headstock im sure i'll have a lot of scrap left over so i can practice. But im going to make sure its just like I want it before I dip the guitar, and if it doesn't work like I want it to, decide if I want to just do a regular swirl, or what.

Oh, if you guys are woundering what else im going to do to this guitar, im also putting in new pickups, and rewiring it totally different. Its getting 2 Duncan Designed Buckshot humbuckers(i've played on them and love the tone, and there only 25 bucks each) and a Dimarzio Blue Velvet single coil in the middle, and redoing the electronics so its Volume/5 Way selector/kill switch. It has some wiring problems anyway, so im just going to totally redo the controls.

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  • 3 weeks later...

The tutorial on here shows that the holoflash is done with an adhesive tape, which I've done and had it come out very nicely, but I've also done swirls and the first thing that comes to mind for me is how the adhesive tape will react to being stuck down in the water...

Hmm.

If you've tried this yet, let us know, if not, maybe I'll try it...

I've got some "holoflash" tape and the itch to swirl something else...

Hmm.

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