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Paulie, if you told me you were going to burst the back and neck, I might of had to come to Ireland and throttle you for covering up that nice walnut.....but i must say i like it. I agree with Wez on the neck join, just because its a single piece, but even so that is going to look really cool when you're done. I also agree with Prostheta. How long are you going to let it cure before leveling and buffing?

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Paulie, if you told me you were going to burst the back and neck, I might of had to come to Ireland and throttle you for covering up that nice walnut.....but i must say i like it. I agree with Wez on the neck join, just because its a single piece, but even so that is going to look really cool when you're done. I also agree with Prostheta. How long are you going to let it cure before leveling and buffing?

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Had to blend the front to the back somehow. This was the best option, Suks having to cover the heel but it just didnt look right without the heel stained ou aswell :D

Im not sure how long to leav it cure. Ill be levelling it a little tomorrow so I will get an idea of how long It has to wait then. Probobly cut it from 320 to 6000 if all goes well. But this stuff usually goes off fairly quick. Might give me a bit of time to get one of my own finished.

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Paulie, if you told me you were going to burst the back and neck, I might of had to come to Ireland and throttle you for covering up that nice walnut.....but i must say i like it. I agree with Wez on the neck join, just because its a single piece, but even so that is going to look really cool when you're done. I also agree with Prostheta. How long are you going to let it cure before leveling and buffing?

SR

Had to blend the front to the back somehow. This was the best option, Suks having to cover the heel but it just didnt look right without the heel stained ou aswell :D

Im not sure how long to leav it cure. Ill be levelling it a little tomorrow so I will get an idea of how long It has to wait then. Probobly cut it from 320 to 6000 if all goes well. But this stuff usually goes off fairly quick. Might give me a bit of time to get one of my own finished.

I had another look and see what you mean about blending the front to the back. I didn't pick up on that when I first looked. What are you using to clear this? That sounds faster than nitro.

I don't believe for a minute that you'll get time to get one of your own finished. And If you do, someone will walk in the next day and buy it. :D

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I had another look and see what you mean about blending the front to the back. I didn't pick up on that when I first looked. What are you using to clear this? That sounds faster than nitro.

I don't believe for a minute that you'll get time to get one of your own finished. And If you do, someone will walk in the next day and buy it. :D

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Decided to give the good old rustins a blast here. comes up realy well if you burnish it correctly.

As for my own gitirz, I want to get a bit done on my green JS. Im not selling that one for less than €4000. so that should deter too many would be spur of the moment punters :D

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I had another look and see what you mean about blending the front to the back. I didn't pick up on that when I first looked. What are you using to clear this? That sounds faster than nitro.

I don't believe for a minute that you'll get time to get one of your own finished. And If you do, someone will walk in the next day and buy it. :D

SR

Decided to give the good old rustins a blast here. comes up realy well if you burnish it correctly.

As for my own gitirz, I want to get a bit done on my green JS. Im not selling that one for less than €4000. so that should deter too many would be spur of the moment punters B)

I'm going to have to give Rustin's a try on my next go round. I've seen and heard nothing but good about that stuff.

It will be good to see the green one done. I think I may have mentioned that I'm looking forward to that in the past.... :D

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That's a beautiful piece of wood Paulie.

If I was limited to a single type of wood for bodies,

I think it would have to be Walnut, I love it love it love it.

Hmmmm :D that being the case. I must put up a thread on a full Black Lotus for you & Scott. Would make me take more piks of one aswell. I have on one the books here to start this month. just waiting on the customer to decide on a scale lenght. Its a single piece of Black Walnut with a rosewood board. The billet for the body is as streayt as this guitar. only it will be much more curvacious with no figured top.

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That's a beautiful piece of wood Paulie.

If I was limited to a single type of wood for bodies,

I think it would have to be Walnut, I love it love it love it.

Hmmmm B) that being the case. I must put up a thread on a full Black Lotus for you & Scott. Would make me take more piks of one aswell. I have on one the books here to start this month. just waiting on the customer to decide on a scale lenght. Its a single piece of Black Walnut with a rosewood board. The billet for the body is as streayt as this guitar. only it will be much more curvacious with no figured top.

:D :D B)

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Got a little bit done on this. Micromesh rules, but it takes a while to do it right going thru the grits. These are of the front after the 12000 grit & an initial scrub with a medium polishing cloth for marble was started. Still a lot of grease on there & the centre is all that is realy any way done. Still working out to the edges & around from the back.

But at this point its going well.

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You can kinda see the transition from the micromesh to the rock burnishing cloth in the bottom pik.

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This looks like it's turned into a purple guitar. A really nice purple guitar.

I've never heard of a rock burnishing cloth, but it makes perfect sense that they exist. Where does one find one of those?

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HA HA HA yea its got a very light purple wash over it to bring up the grain. Originally it was just black, but when the clear was getting buffed the flame was vanishihg. it was just turning into a mirror & would only reflect the flame in very strong full spectrum light. So I cheated a litle & added a little tint to make it pop out more. I sometimes use blue, but the purple works better with the walnut back.

The rock cloth was in a craft shop in Dublin. Had been there so long the guy didnt even remember where he had gotten it from. They sell quarts, crystals, bits of funky coloured marble, fossels & all sorts of other crap. So i got some polishing stuff from him. Cleaned him out i think. Looks like leather but it works well. Takes ages is the only problem.

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This one is going slow just now. Micro mesh rocks but takes forever. Got the front prety much sorted, back at 6000 grit (i think :D ) & the same for the neck.

Some piks of the headstock with the inlay, bit mucky looking as its got pumise all over it from sanding. But you get the idea.

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Not much to show, Just getting the back level & polish done. at 6000 grit here (I think :D ) Im always loosing track of the grits when doing this. But thankfully I keep a fairly detailed log of every build I do, So I just have to look it up before starting again.

Anyway. Piks.

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Man I hate how slow polishin goes.

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On one hand the fade makes this look like it got burnt around the edges; on the other hand, the finish looks deep enough to wade in. This is going to be awesome Paulie.

What did you do the logo inlay in? It looks sparkly.

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On one hand the fade makes this look like it got burnt around the edges; on the other hand, the finish looks deep enough to wade in. This is going to be awesome Paulie.

What did you do the logo inlay in? It looks sparkly.

SR

It will look a lot better later today when its past 12000 grit & into the burnishing stage. The front just needs the final swirl polish at this point (& all the grease taken off)

I do a lot of my inlays this way. Metal filings in a hard clear epoxy. Brass, copper, oxidized copper, bronze, stainless & aluminium. But this one is titanium. Salvaged parts from a dead Ducati. The motor had a lot of titanium componants that were being replaced so I salvaged them for this kinda stuff. Its cool what you can do with salvaged junk. Im gearing up for a PRS dragon using salvaged washers, pop rivets & sequens for the scales. & Old ear rings, rine stones & bracelets for the rest of it :D

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Killer looking guitar Paulie :D

Thanks man. Im kinda diggin this one myself. Pity its a customer build as its gona be a realy nice one. weight next to nothing & the resonance when you tap it is seriously strong.

Got the front prety much polished out, Just need the final swirling grit. But thats not untill its all good to go.

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Its a good sheen. Nice & reflective but the flame still pops right out. So im happey so far

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Few more, The back ready for the swirl coat. Just have to blend a few spots around the edges to the front, & finish the inner faces of the horns. I think it might look even better than the front, Its just so hard to beat a nice chunk of walnut.

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I think the back and front look like two completely different guitars. On of them needs to change lol. I saw the back first, and through it would be a shame to cover it with swirrl, but then I saw the front and said "yeah the back needs to go."

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I think the back and front look like two completely different guitars. On of them needs to change lol. I saw the back first, and through it would be a shame to cover it with swirrl, but then I saw the front and said "yeah the back needs to go."

OK. Maby I mis-spoke. The swirl coat is actually the final polish stage. It gets rid of any polishing swirls from the previous grits. Makes it ultra shiney, way more than it is now. Not a swirl like Mr Vai has on some of his gitirz.

As to the two guitars thing. That was my intention, from the front its a big standard shredders machine, black hardware, black guitar, flame maple. but the back is pure wood porn, over the top timber grain. Presonally i hate the front, the back is my own preferance here.

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