Silk screen to pearloid on a headstock

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  1. Matt Karr

    Matt Karr New Member

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    Would it be possible to take my Sg to a luthier and have them route out and install inlays into my headstock using the silkscreen decals as a template? If so would it be worth it?
     

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    Biddlin Well-Known Member

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    It would certainly be possible, though could be costly. In terms of resale value, it could decrease it by quite a bit, 20% maybe more. If it makes you happy, that is priceless.
     
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  3. Matt Karr

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    I don’t ever plan on selling it, it’s just a 60s tribute anyway, not really a high end SG
     
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    Would it be more cost effective and/or less work and man-hours to just have the headstock veneer swapped for the one with proper inlays?
     
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    papagayo Well-Known Member

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    You know what? Polish the headstock with a scratch remover for car, it' s very fast and easy. I did it on my Les Paul Tribute.
    And it' s not expensive.


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    On second thoughts I'd personally go for the 1st option because then I'd only have to work with one surface which would be easier I think.
     
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    There are people who specialize in this sort of work. A friend of mine, Capt. Bill Nichols, specializes in inlay and does it on existing situations. Check him out at Nichols Inlay.
     
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    It has the "proper inlays." He wants to modify/alter it.
     
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    Proper inlays as opposed to the silk-screened logo and crown?
     
  11. Matt Karr

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    How has the long term outcome of that been? Has it made you’re headstock cloudy or and other adverse effects?
     
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    The finish stays perfect
     
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    cerebral gasket Well-Known Member

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    Nothing wrong with silkscreen logo if you ask me.

    It's not a rule, but I usually see the headstock / neck combinations below:

    Bound necks - headstock logo as inlay
    Unbound necks - headstock logo as silkscreen

    I don't spend much time looking at headstocks and just play the guitar.
     
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  14. Matt Karr

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    Do you think the automotive scratch remover could be applied to the body to polish that? And what brad did you use?
     
  15. Von Trapp

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    Yes. Depending on the state of the guitar one can for instance use Mequiers Swirl remover or Ultra glaze finishing. When painting a guitar I've used (after the various sand paper grits) Micro mesh pads, 3M Perfect-It III and Meguires Swirl remover in that order. The result is a damn mirror, I'm tellin ya.
     
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    My Sg has a satin nitro finish on it, would that make it look more glossy or just eat the thin lacquer of my guitar?
     
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    The only way to make a satin finish glossy is to spray a gloss finish. Flat -satin, if you want- finishes are flat throughout. Color sanding with a very fine paper, in the 2,000 and up to 3,000 grit will flatten the surface and then polishing will make it appear very nice, but not glossy. You can use those polishes without fear of burning through the finish...unless you just go wild on the thing. You have to be careful on edges since the paint is thinner there. The polishes referenced are very fine and are used as the last abrasive action before you glaze the finish.

    Guitar finishes are, more or less, the same as finishes used on cars, which is why car chemicals are well-suited to guitar paints/coatings. Nitrocellulose lacquer goes way, way back and was the go-to finish for early custom cars. You've maybe heard of the 15 coats of hand-rubbed lacquer? Same stuff. Personally, I would use an acrylic lacquer since it doesn't discolor as readily and is more durable. But that wouldn't be an authentic finish, even though it would be better. Better still would be a two-stage polyurethane, but that would be even further from factory and polys don't look quite the same as a single-stage lacquer.
     
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    If done with proper attention you can bring a satin finish nearly to a gloss, but I would do it all by hand and I would use Virtuoso polish rather than an automotive product.
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    Flat finish to satin with one application of Virtuoso cleaner and polish.
     
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    Nah, it would just make it glossy.
     
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    This guitar looks like my Les Paul CM
     

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