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Topic: from 2006 les paul to retro rockin' rockabilly guitar! (pic heavy)  (Read 14409 times)
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ars_anima
« on: June 22, 2008 07:36:17 PM »

So earlier this month I started a thread in which I showed my guitar, with swallows I painted on with acrylic paints. Well, the swallows were rubbing off, and there was a few pretty large scratches all over my guitar, so I decided to refinish it completely. I took out all the hardware and electronics, and stripped the paint off, sanded the body, repainted it, and polished it to a nice, shiny finish, but less smooth than before to give the guitar a used look so scratches and bumps won't show as much.


here's before:



stripped, sanded, and stained to a nice faded color:



the devil design:


during the painting:



AAAAND the FINISHED PRODUCT!!! ZOMG!!1!11



yaaar!





look at that sheeeeeeen!

also, take a good look at that devil 'cause i'm effin proud of it! I designed it on a whim without any reference!


This craft made me learn a lot both about painting, wood finishing, electronics and guitars. I had a few problems putting it back together, and it's still not 100%, but the electronics work correctly, so it's just a few small adjustements i'll get done next time I see my gf who's stepdad happens to be an absolute guitar maniac.

If you have any questions about the process, just ask!^^


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HeartOn
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2008 07:44:27 PM »

That is GORGEOUS and so ambitious, dude! I really love the embellishments and initials under the strings.
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urbanchic1212
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2008 07:53:09 PM »

wow i love it sooo much it looks awesome sooooo awesome im in love Cheesy
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YeOldeRockstar
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2008 07:57:08 PM »

This rocks my socks. If only i was cool and could play guitar i would want one just like it. =P great job!
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2008 07:57:45 PM »

OMG that's awesome!!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2008 08:12:26 PM »

Holy crap, that guitar is freakin' gorgeous! Seriously, nice work!  Shocked
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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2008 08:33:17 PM »

It looks so much better and so much more awesome!
You did a really good job!  Cool
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2008 09:25:19 PM »

wow. epically better. this is awesome. i love the amount of color you left to make it look worn. very very cool piece. hitting this rocks. be proud man, be proud!!
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ars_anima
« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2008 07:39:40 AM »

thanks to all! Grin

Hearton: unfortunately, since they were painted free hand, it isn't very straight or symmetric... but at least you can't tell when i'm playing! :p

YeOldeRockstar: I suck at guitar myself Tongue that's why I wasn't afraid to tear mine appart!

melyssa_marie: it can't get any better than epically better! thanks Cheesy The worn look is actually also practical! with the black mirror finish, every dust particle or scratch stood out like hell. now, a bump or scratch is camouflaged by the uneven color!
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2008 07:49:16 AM »

i love woodgrain. the stain really brings it out. i didn't even notice the part under the strings. do you have a better picture of that part?
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