1952 Goldtop LP... My New '59 Burst Project

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  1. diceman

    diceman V.I.P. Member

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    :applause:

    That really did fade out, huh? Looks great!
     
  2. Cyanide

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    that top is so nice and killer finish too!
     
  3. LeftyF2003

    LeftyF2003 Premium Member

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    That looks amazing. Was worth doing the top twice!
     
  4. jworle01

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    I just love that flame pattern. I think the blank I bought from the same stash may have similar potential... Of course it will not be strapped to a 50's les paul :(
    What a great thread and project. I can't wait to see her strung up ;)
     
  5. jimi55lp

    jimi55lp Senior Member

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    Nice flame!
     
  6. boogieongtr

    boogieongtr MLP Vendor

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    Getting close to the end now. I have been letting the lacquer cure out and today I tackled the headstock. I sprayed the headstock with black aniline dye mixed into lacquer. After a couple coats there is a nice build up of black. I then applied 3 more coats of clear lacquer. I'll let the lacquer cure out for a coule of days and then do the LP silk screen.

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  7. mapleflame

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    Niccccce!!! Hows the fading going.
     
  8. RobP

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    Great work! Lookin' good...:cool:
     
  9. ryancrossguitars

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    I sold my 52 miss it today , there is a mod out there a bridge that does justice,andy brauer pulled it off a esay conversion does not effect the guitar but will get strings on top instead of the under
     
  10. boogieongtr

    boogieongtr MLP Vendor

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    Thanks, today I had some time so I buffed out the entire guitar.
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    Wow.What for a great guitar.Great Job.
     
  12. boogieongtr

    boogieongtr MLP Vendor

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    Thanks, today I'll do the silk screen. Thanks to forum member Voices for a great job on the sild screen!!
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    The silk screen has the Gibson logo and the tuner holes etched into the screen. I use a flashlight to line up the tuner holes on the template.
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    One swipe with gold oil paint and the results are a vintage looking silk screen.
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  13. lpcustom69

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    Very cool.
     
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    Now that you've told us how all this is done are you going to kill us?!?!:eek
     
  15. boogieongtr

    boogieongtr MLP Vendor

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    I need to cut down the existing P90 pickguard for humbuckers. First I made a template. Then I screwed the pickguard to the template and used a trim router to reshape the guard.
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    Here is the guard mounted to the guitar. I also installed the pickup rings. Next I'll do the final assembly and neck adjustment.
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    hi.how are you cleaning the screen from color (oil) without distroy the screen?
     
  17. ordenes10

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    Another question about the color. is the red only red anyline or did you mix blue or anything? the red looks great.
     
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    Good question. Also, I recall from when my mom used to paint with oils, they used to take forever to dry. Is that the case with the paint you're using too, or did you add something to it to help it dry faster?

    The guitar is looking fantastic, BTW, Jim! I'm loving this thread!


    Frank
     
  19. planks

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    Fantastic great thread!
     
  20. boogieongtr

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    Thanks, it's almost complete. I also have 2 more in the works. I clean the screen out with Naptha then blow it dry with an air hose. It doesn't harm the screen in any way. The gold oil paint I use is from Wal Mart. You get a 12 pack for $7. bucks. The oil takes about 5 days to dry without any accelerant. I'm experimenting with a few different products to try to get the dry time down to 48 hrs. or less. I'll let you know what I think works the best.
     

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