A couple of SG's

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by SG John, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. jtees4

    jtees4 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2014
    Messages:
    447
    Likes Received:
    281
    Your work is just so freakin' incredible...it is pissing me off :squint: I may be a little "jelly" (as my daughter would say).
     
    SG John likes this.
  2. JohnnyGoo

    JohnnyGoo Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2014
    Messages:
    7,930
    Likes Received:
    3,939
    Location:
    NW Oregon
    Wow just wow.great work.great thread.amazing
     
    SG John likes this.
  3. SG John

    SG John Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    3,313
    Likes Received:
    1,797
    Location:
    North of Boston, on Atlantic
    Thanks guys. Did some leveling of the lacquer with some 500 grit paper, and sprayed another two cans of clear coat. At first, it only looked like orange peel would be an issue, an easy one at that. But after 8 hours of curing, it looked like the grain pulled the lacquer in some more. I'll see how it looks when I get home on Friday. I'll do some more level sanding, and to see how the coat looks after taking down some of the peel. It may need a few more coats next weekend.

    :fingersx::fingersx::fingersx:
     
    grausch likes this.
  4. SG John

    SG John Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    3,313
    Likes Received:
    1,797
    Location:
    North of Boston, on Atlantic
    Just a quick update on the Special. I've been drop-filling voids in the lacquer, especially around the inlay where the epoxy shrunk. I did a bunch of leveling tonight, to see where the body and headstock looked in regards to final finishing. Fortunately, Saturday looks good to spray several more coats of clear on the guitar while I'm fixing the front brakes on my car. After these coats get sprayed, I'll pretty much be at a point where I'll have to finish it whether I like it or not.


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]
     
    grausch and eS.G. like this.
  5. SG John

    SG John Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    3,313
    Likes Received:
    1,797
    Location:
    North of Boston, on Atlantic
    I di get some more work on the Special. I got the ridges cause by spraying sanded down, and now all the parts such as pickups, tuners, bushings, etc. fit where they're supposed to. Got it wet sanded with 200 grit paper, and most of it is ready for polish.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]





    Most of it is ready, but not all??? But why? Because I got the big GFYS! The black lacquer started lifting off of the holly as soon as I started wet sanding. I'm still thinking about how I want to fix it. I know the correct answer is strip it, but I need to deliver this Feb 7. It's also got a bit of "wear through" on the finish down near the strap button area. I'm sooo screwed. Argh!



    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2015
    grausch likes this.
  6. wilto

    wilto New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2014
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    15
    What a damn shame!:wow:
     
  7. Alex_SG

    Alex_SG Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2011
    Messages:
    2,743
    Likes Received:
    1,972
    Location:
    Western Australia
    Sorry it's not working out like it should, John. I still think you are a top notch builder though!
    :wave:
     
  8. javamagic

    javamagic Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2006
    Messages:
    3,506
    Likes Received:
    1,254
    Location:
    Ennis, Clare, Ireland
    It always happens to me during the final wet sanding. I think I've put enough lacquer on the guitar but it always rubs through on a corner or edge somewhere. I'm sure there's a solution but it probably involves applying heavy clear coats with a gun and compressor - ergo: money outlay. :(

    Hope you get things sorted out before delivery day. :)
     
  9. shreddy bender

    shreddy bender Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2012
    Messages:
    3,190
    Likes Received:
    3,065
    Location:
    Kelowna B.C.
    One thing I've learned is to NOT sand edges and corners. Even with a thick sprayed on lacquer, corners never get as thick of a coat as the flats.

    Also SG John, a question- you said you were doing the brakes on your car when you did your spraying. Do you think you may have got some cross-contamination thing going on? Maybe a bit of brake fluid or something?
    :dunno: Just trying to trouble shoot.

    It's going to be a beautiful guitar no matter what pitfalls you have to overcome!
    You do some beautiful work (as do you as well javamagic)!
     
  10. shreddy bender

    shreddy bender Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2012
    Messages:
    3,190
    Likes Received:
    3,065
    Location:
    Kelowna B.C.
    Here's a trick I use for some applications- "the ebonizer"!:naughty: It is good for small touch ups but I don't see it working very good for your situation.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. javamagic

    javamagic Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2006
    Messages:
    3,506
    Likes Received:
    1,254
    Location:
    Ennis, Clare, Ireland
    I try to avoid the edges and corners, just sanding the flats, but there only needs to be one fractionally high spot and...
     
    shreddy bender likes this.
  12. SG John

    SG John Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    3,313
    Likes Received:
    1,797
    Location:
    North of Boston, on Atlantic
    I got a message from Lou about this. He said that any moisture that gets between the lacquer and holly will lift the finish right off. He's had it happen to him a number of times. I should have maybe sanded the insides of the bushing holes after wet sanding to avoid any water wicking in.
    As for the rub through in the other spot, I started repairing it today after work. Hopefully, I don't make things worse.


    Thanks, and yes I was real careful. Also when I did the brake job, I prepped the guitar first, and sprayed the first couple of coats before starting the brake job. The guitar was in the house between coats keeping warm, and my hands never were near the guitar itself, just the hanging wire. I'm pretty sure of the cause now, and need to carefully repair it to prevent refinishing it.



    Yup!

    :applause:

    Thanks. Hopefully, this gets sorted, otherwise I'll be arriving in London with only a tube tester and my wife will empty my wallet at Foyle's Book Store.

    :ohno:
     
    grausch and shreddy bender like this.
  13. javamagic

    javamagic Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2006
    Messages:
    3,506
    Likes Received:
    1,254
    Location:
    Ennis, Clare, Ireland
    There are a whole lot of other bookshops down the Charing Cross Road, some general, some specialist. Perhaps you should steer her away from the area altogether. :hmm:
     
    SG John likes this.
  14. deeaa

    deeaa Member

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2015
    Messages:
    47
    Likes Received:
    50
    Location:
    Finland
    This thread is SO full of awesome!!!!
     
    SG John likes this.
  15. Mike Kay

    Mike Kay New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2014
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Mount Prospect,IL
     
    SG John likes this.
  16. SG John

    SG John Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    3,313
    Likes Received:
    1,797
    Location:
    North of Boston, on Atlantic

    She managed to spend $300.00 USD at Foyle's. I thought she was going to do far more damage than that.


    As for things around here, Number One is on hold until the Ice Age we're in retreats. SO, I managed to rout the neck pocket and fit the neck on Number Two. Also did a little bit of work on the T-Bird (more on that later).


    [​IMG]




    Test fitting of the neck is perfect. Slid in with very little resistance, and I was able to pick it up by the neck. Hopefully, I can get some more done this week. I have a feeling I'll be shoveling snow again tomorrow night instead.


    [​IMG]
     
    dampsneaker and ricardo_vicente like this.
  17. Geronimo76

    Geronimo76 New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2015
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Berlicum, The Netherlands
    Great topic! True craftsmanship.
     
  18. dampsneaker

    dampsneaker Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2013
    Messages:
    431
    Likes Received:
    474
    I just read this from the beginning to here. I was literally eating popcorn at one point like a damn GIF.:rofl:Maybe the silver lining in the Snow-O-Rama will be that you get the time to nail this down. Great stuff. Amazing skill set and even amazing'r patience.
     
    iqraam and SG John like this.
  19. SG John

    SG John Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2006
    Messages:
    3,313
    Likes Received:
    1,797
    Location:
    North of Boston, on Atlantic
    Hi all! I got a chance to do some work today. I started out by drilling the hole for the pickup wires in the body of the Junior. Then I drilled and routed for the controls. Surpirisingly, ny bad case of tennis elbow from shoveling snow and repairing crashed CNC machinery didn't hamper me too bad.

    Here's some obligatory shots.


    [​IMG]


    I did check to make sure that everything fit properly before moving on.


    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]



    After that, I grabbed my Micro-Plane "cheese grater", and got to work on the neck.


    [​IMG]



    [​IMG]


    I had only rough cut the neck shape. I needed to head to the Laundromat. The damn change machines were busted when I got there. Oh well, I'll work on it some more tomorrow or Tuesday night.

    :cool:
     
    grausch likes this.
  20. WDeranged

    WDeranged Active Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2012
    Messages:
    174
    Likes Received:
    63
    The diagram on the first page of this thread is exactly what a budding luthier friend of mine is looking for, anyone know where I can find it?

    Lovely work btw :cheers:
     
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2015

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice