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My First Three Creations


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These are my first three builds. First came the mahogany Godin style (semi-hollow mahogany/maple cap with Fralin HB's). Next came the Tele (alder/maple cap 5-way switch on the HB and tele bridge). I just finished the Sparkle Strat with Fralins in it. I made all the bodies and finished them, but bought the necks. I'd like to build a neck, but it seems daunting.

Brad

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Thanks. I have been thinking about starting a neck or two and have the wood, but I'm just stumped with how to go about doing it. The tele top was stained dark brown, sanded, stained amber/brown, sanded, and finally used an amber stain. I read up on the tutorials and copied the PRS idea of staining very dark and then sanding it out to get the contrast. It really turned out better than I'd hoped. I used a lot of test pieces of wood and practiced with mixing different shades of dye.

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start making a neck and by the time its done it will all make sense :D

This is absolutely true. When I started building my neck I was nervous and unsure as to whether or not I could do a competent job. Now that I have essentially completed it I look back and see that it was easier and simpler than I thought it would be, and the next one will be that much easier! Hindsight is 20-20! To borrow a phrase from Nike, Just do it!

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Building necks is probably the most fun part of making guitars! Serious.

Love the sparkle finish strat - I'd love to do me a finish like that sometime, but I've got little to no clue how to go about it; what'd you use?

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The sparkle paint can't really be captured right on a picture, but it is dazzling. I wanted to try the opposite of the figured maple tops of the first two guitars. I bought the "flakes" used to create the look here: http://www.paintwithpearl.com/ and then just added them to the nitro lacquer and sprayed it on. I had to put a couple marbles in the sprayer and shake it often so the flakes wouldn't sink, but it came out great. I used .oo4 sized flakes and didn't have to sand anything down. I guess sometime with bigger flakes you are left with too rough a surface. After the top clear coats, this guitar is quite smooth. I found a few videos here that give a good approximation of the real look of the guitar. Press play on the video to check it out:

http://www.warmoth.com/paint/paint.cfm?fus...flake_turquoise

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