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  1. Thanks for the reply. That was my first thought too. I wanted to kill two birds with one stone, using the normal build coats of clear to build enough to hide the decal edges. But I'm afraid of sanding through the color on the initial level to give the decal a level surface to begin with. Plus the color is a metallic, Shoreline Gold, which I'm not sure would respond to leveling too well.
  2. I have a customer who wants a large decal on the top of a guitar body that I'm currently building for him. I have he color shot and am ready to start he clear. I assume that I want a level surface for the decal right ? So should I: 1. Follow my shooting schedule including leveling first, then apply the decal, then shoot a ton more clear to try and make the decal edges disappear, and then level again 2. Shoot a few coats of clear, apply decal, and then continue with shooting schedule All of the info that I've been able to find concerning water slide decals has been for headstocks or applying decals to an already finished body. Thanks
  3. Thanks a lot for the input guys. I'm gonna double check with the client but I think routing from the rear, just enough material to make room for the pickups, is the way to go. Thanks Steve
  4. Yeah but a strat still has a decent amount of unmolested wood on the backside before the trem route kicks in.
  5. I’m building a Grover Jackson Schon inspired seven string for a big Neil Schon fan. I want to route for the pickups from the rear because we are going for a recessed/ultra clean look for the top. The body so far: For the pickups I only want to see the height adjustment screw heads and the pickup bobbins. Like this look: If I route from the rear, a bathtub type route to accommodate any pickup, do you think this will remove too much wood and create strength and stability issues ? Lower drawing shows what wood will remain down the center block of the body: There will be wood of course on either side of this swiss cheese but I’m afraid it won’t be enough. Opinions ? Thanks, Steve
  6. Yes I saved a chunk for the headstock if I need it. I actually have a ton of the veneer. Enough to do 10-12 guitars. It's already pre-joined in 8" or so wide sections in big paper backed rolls. Got a few big roles of it from a millwork shop that was just looking to clean out their shop...$0.00 I met PG once back in 90 or 91. Mr. Big came to town with Badlands and The Cult opening. I won back stage passes and met Paul, Eric, and Pat. I said nothing intelligent but yes, he was very nice. He actually said "hey i have to go brush my teeth I just ate something with onions", and then he came back out and found me to continue our conversation.
  7. Not sure I want to cover this top up with the Fireman style pickguard...we'll see
  8. Out of the "press" with a little naptha ...
  9. PG Fireman copy.....sort of. African mahogany body, pommele sapele veneer top, black limba neck, Ib Gibraltar bridge....not sure on rest yet Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze
  10. And my first attempt at binding a fretboard.
  11. Got the ebony fretboard sanded to thickness and fret slots cut.
  12. DAMN...that's a good point. Thanks Prostheta. I've have to give painting the necks some thought. I planned on a tru-oil finish for them which still may work as well.
  13. Awesome wood choices ! Where the heck did you get that acrylic ? That's beefy stuff.
  14. I was able to salvage one neck. I can only imagine how much meat is NOT left between the rods and the sanded surface....I'm guessing a few passes with some 400 grit may start to expose the rods. I'm going to keep moving forward with this one to at least get SOMETHING out of this "build in batch" experiment. Having one completed, I at least can get a feel for some of the things that I may want to change for future builds of this model. Like electronics and hardware choices, strap button locations, jack location, control locations, etc. I already know that I'll going to incorporate a better pickguard design and an actual logo.
  15. Good points... Thanks for the question sdshirtman but I think I'm gonna toss them rods and all.
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