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  1. First post ever, second guitar build ever. I'm building a neck-through baritone, and approaching the step where I need to order finish supplies. I had planned on doing the entire thing using a uniform gloss nitrocellulose, but wanted to ask if I should consider doing that for the body, and a different route for the neck and headstock, maybe satin nitro or TruOil or some other option, something less grippy. The transition from body to neck is sufficiently distinct where I could mask it off without going nuts or having it look terrible, but I don't have any good sense of whether or not this is worth considering. Thoughts? PS: The core is maple/padauk laminations, the wings are khaya.
  2. Residents of countries/states that level restrictions on the quantity of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in their finishes might be left in two minds as to whether adding compatible solvents is actually against manufacturer's recommendations or simply a symptom of local VOC regulation. Read the full article here: http://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniques/finishing/you-can-add-all-the-thinner-you-want
  3. I recently grain filled espave using aqua coat (apply, scrape, sand repeat). I then laid down 4 coats of sanding sealer and during my level sanding I noticed a few spots where I didn't completely fill the grain. Can I re-apply grain filler at this stage even though I have the sealer down or do I need to sand it all back and start over? sorry for the basic question pretty new to this. thanks!
  4. Got this kit which is a dual bucker Tele. It has been sanded but needs some work before I would consider starting finishing/stain/paint work, which I hope to do some type of burst with the wood grain showing. All and any advice on how to bring the grain out please send my way.
  5. I want to apply an even amount of laquer to my guitar body so that it feels glassy-smooth like when it was original. It was bought used with various patches of hardened goop over the neck and body which I foolishly (insanely) scratched away with rough sandpaper. To make matters worse I applied some laquer to the exposed wood parts in an attempt to "cover up" the rawness thinking I could fill in the blanks and everything would be ok. I have a can of minwax clear gloss spray which I'm sure is nitrocellulose. I'm wondering if I should sand down the body and neck and then reapply some laqueur to get back the glossiness. I'm looking for advice about how to refinish the guitar so I can undo the error of having sanded away the goop. Second Question The inlays on the guitar are also noticeable as I fret over them. They seem to be sunk in when compared to the fretboard. Is there any easy troubleshooting that can be done? Please visit this photo album for pictures of the specified guitar: http://imgur.com/a/FAjnZ
  6. Hi Thanks for the encouraging comments and feedback from you all for the quick 'tips and techniques' relating to wipe-on varnishing. The problem with encouraging a Brit, is that they have a tendency to come back and pester everyone again I thought it might be of interest to some of you in terms of how you can easily and cheaply make a basic flat-topped entry-level guitar or bass look a million dollars. Veneering! This: ...can be transformed to this: ...with a surprisingly small outlay. Does it take years of practice? No - the above one was my first go. BUT there are things that make it a lot easier and much more likely to end with a satisfactory outcome. And that is what the next few posts will be - the Andyjr1515 outlook on how to strip and veneer a guitar or bass without ending up blubbing like a baby or resorting to terrorising local pets, children and old blokes like me out of sheer frustration Like before, I'll probably do a bit of cutting and pasting from previous threads in various forums. So, if you've seen them before then apologies - but also be reminded that you can run from misguided and over-enthusiastic contributors, but you can't necessarily hide!!!!
  7. My grandpa gave me all his guitars after he retired as a preacher. One was faded and needed to be repaired, I broke the guitar down, finished all the sanding and ready to start finishing. I want to have a nice Gibson red finished but know what products work best or where to buy sense I doubt it's Lowes or Home Depot. 1) Paint Brand & Type? 2) Lacquer Brand? 3) Sealer Brand? Thanks for your suggestions.
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