NGD, Epiphone SG Custom for a refresh

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  1. Nop

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    Hi,
    Yesterday I get a new guitar. This is an Epiphone SG Custom. She has EMG 81/85.
    She was sold with a hardcase, the 3 originals pickups and I get all for... 150€ (it should be something like 180$).
    Why this price ? Because the owner of this beauty had the bad idea to paint it so bad...
    As you can see I have some work to do on it. Here comes the pictures before I strat to refresh her

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    She start to be naked now

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    (Yes i'm going to remove tuno-o-matic and stopbar screw that are painted in green)

    Here comes the EMG
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    I plan, for the color, to just teint the wood. I'm not good in paint job, so i'm going to try to reach something like this. I'll just let the back of the neck nude, because it feels so good. I'll just "finish" him.

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    What I plan:

    - I already bought on internet rythm/treble, knobs and '66 pickguard
    - Make this one in 2 humbucker configuration (that's why i'll put a 66 PG)


    And that's all for now. Today i'll buy necessary to get this paint off, maybe i'll have more picture this night for you.


    (Sorry for my english)
     
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  2. Mr. Happy

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    Why would anyone paint an SG green?
     
  3. Nop

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    I don't know what was his goal... But I don't care because I get it for less money than a stock one
     
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    wow. i don't know what to say about that finish.

    Congrats on the purchase and good luck bringing it back to its former glory.
     
  5. Norton

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    Three pickups.....keep the custom vibe alive.
     
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    It was a bad green paint job to boot.make that nice Epi right again Nop.
     
  7. Nop

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    Cleaning has just started.
    It's far to be finished of course, but this is the begining of a new era for her :D

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    I would consider going with a dark stain to cover up that dark strip of wood.
     
  9. Nop

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    Today I've bought something to stain the wood, but I don't know the english name haha.
    I'll try to get something like Gibson SG faded brown
     
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    Nice score!! It was a fugly color, but add some TLC and you should have a wonderful instrument when you are done. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread to see how it comes out :applause:
     
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    Maybe I'm weird, but I could get into a guitar that color if the paint job were done well.
     
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  12. eS.G.

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    No offense....I kinda liked the green. Made me want a jolly rancher apple candy. BUT I cant wait to see what you do with her. :)
     
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  13. Nop

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    Today I start the 3rd day of sanding the guitar.
    The first 2 day was made with my hands, so it was a bit slow, but today I have a sanding machine for it.

    The neck is soooo beautiful, the wood and the feeling on it is perfect. Even for a chinese made, woods are better than what I'd expect.
    Before this one, I had a 94 korean SG, and my past experience with chinese SG were bad... So I was a bit affraid to switch on a chinese one... But no deception with this one !
     
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    hi nop,

    good luck!

    i once saw an epi custom (original ivory) sanded,
    and it looked very nice with the wooden finish..

    i think they only did put some gloss on the wood.

    kinda of a worn type g400..:)


    greetz
    lars
     
  15. Nop

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    After some thinking about my guitar, my level for doing this job (it's the first time I do that kind of thing), and watching some picture on internet, I let the Faded Brown idea, and I made a go on a pure white paint job.

    Here come the pictures with the white paint finished, and the first layer of polish. The polish is far to be finished of course, I'll need something like 6/7 more layers
    Sorry for the bluery one, and on the picture the guitar look a bit more yellow, but in reality it's really a pure clean white

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    Cool, white is nice on these guitars.
     
  17. Goldmember

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    I have nothing to add to this thread, other than to scream, "ROCK 'N' ROLL, MAN!"
     
  18. eS.G.

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    I am partial to the white ones. :)
    Good on ya Mate can't wait to see the finished product!!!
     
  19. MKR

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    that refinish looks like it's coming along nicely. Keep the pics coming. I give you full marks for doing this.... A refin is something i have wanted to do, but could never really muster up the courage to do it.
     
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  20. Nop

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    Thanks you so much guys, I appreciate so much your help :)
    I'm still doing polish, so I don't have new pictures for you for now.

    I hope i'll receive soon all the things I bought to bring my guitar beautifuuuuul.
    I'm waiting for black '66 pickguard, rythm/treble ring, 4 witch hat knobs.
    I also have to find now gold screws, some of the gold I've now are not originals one and others are painted in green (I still don't understand why this beauty was painted in green ...)
     

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