First Build (SG-esque design)

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  1. PermissionToLand

    PermissionToLand Well-Known Member

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    Well, I just ordered Behlen's Deep Red toner with two day shipping, so it should arrive by Friday. That way I can experiment with mixing the two toners for the more reddish-brown I was looking for.

    Shooting for something like a mix between these:

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    I'm also finalizing the pickguard, TRC and cavity cover templates in the meantime.
     
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    So I've been playing around with colors a little.

    I got the Deep Red and it is a very vibrant, bright red. Not sure how that qualifies as "deep", but oh well.

    Here's just the Deep Red and nothing else:

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    And adding Walnut over it in each following picture:

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    I'm really liking the last one (despite the edges that pooled).

    Then, I shot some Red over the pieces that were already Walnut:

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    ... which seems to create a Maroon effect that also looks quite nice.

    I'm leaning towards the Walnut over Red though. What do you guys think?

    All together now:

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    Walnut over red for me, better saturation.
     
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    Shot the red as a base today!

    The can was very inconsistent and does not have a fanned tip like the Walnut, making it very hard to shoot a consistent light coat. So I had to make it a full thickness coat, meaning it is VERY red right now. But once the Walnut goes over it, it should darken nicely.

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    Looks good. Nice job.

    Cheers Peter.
     
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    Well, the Walnut layer did not come out great. When I started on the back, it was also spraying very inconsistently, which I tried to counteract by spraying heavier, which didn't really work because if I sprayed it as thick as the Red, it would be practically black. For the front, I tried spraying as light as possible (which meant holding the can about two feet away and wasting most of the spray) which gave a result closer to what I wanted, but was still inconsistent and gave a very peppered look. By the time I got a light coat on the rest of it, I was out of paint and could not have darkened the rest to match the back if I wanted to.

    So, at this point, I've decided it will be repainted. But, I will finish it as is for the course I'm taking and then refinish on my own time, over the next month probably.

    These pictures actually make it look way better than it really does.

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    Anyway, we continue by prepping the headstock:

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    And painting:

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    Brophy?
     
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    The shape is sharp !
     
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    PermissionToLand Well-Known Member

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    It's a family name that has a better ring than my surname.
     
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    The logo came out surprisingly well.

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    Shot two coats of clear and letting it cure now:

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    Really like that color.
     
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    SWE E E E T !
     
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    Well done!
     
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    After living with it for a while, I'm thinking of reshaping the bevel where my arm hits it (right above the bridge). I'm thinking either I'll soften/round the edge where it meets the side, or just angle the bevel further back to the point of nearly touching the rear bevel. However, I'm not sure how good either of those ideas might look.
     
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    Very nice
     
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    If it makes it more ergonomic, I would do it. It's great when form and function can coexist, but for me the contours on the SG are what I like most about them and makes them so comfortable to play, especially that area where your arm rests above the bridge.
     
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    Even on my SG, I've found my arm wearing the paint on the edge:

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    But, being a thicker body than the SG, I could create a larger angle to the bevel before meeting the rear.
     
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    That would be a good solution.
    I get the same wear spot from the arm.

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    What finish is that? I'm diggin' it!
     
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