2002 standard to '59 'burst re-fin make-over project.

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    This has been my gigging guitar for 5 or 6 years now. I like the way it plays. I like the way it sounds, particularly since I put in a pair of Mules & re-did the wiring to 50s spec. However, I never liked the glossy cherry 'burst. I've heard these referred to as "clown 'bursts", & I can see Ronald MacDonald playing one of these.[​IMG]
     
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    Or maybe as a back-up to one of these.[​IMG]
     
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    However, it has a nice flame 'burst, not too over the top, just to my taste. I did a half hearted make-over a few years back. I tried to fade it in the sun, waste of time. I tried to get some checking/patina going' waste of time. Gibson use some crappy plasticy lacquer that they have the cheek to call nitro, hah.
    My options are; sell it & get a R9 (Yikes 3 grand) but still have the same lacquer, or strip it down & start again. You know what I chose.
    I paid £1k for this, OK , short tenon, swiss cheese body, but Gibson made a quantum leap in 2002, making them better than they had done in decades. I feel a project coming on.
     
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    OK, let's get this plasticy crap off, but what do I use? Stripper, sander, heat gun? I remember when I was a teenager, going through my Mick Ronson phase. I stripped the front of a 70s goldtop deluxe with paint stripper, yikes, the binding turned to jelly. I tried to save it with masking tape until it set & then sanded it. Just about got away with it but I learnt my lesson. At least it isn't poly, that's a bitch to get off. I went with a heat gun & scraper.[​IMG]
     
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    I was terrified to get the heat gun too close to the binding but it's tougher than I thought, no problems at all.[​IMG]
     
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    As I said, plasticy crap. Looks like tomato peel & feels very soft & flexible.[​IMG]
     
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    Get stuck into the top.[​IMG]
     
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    As you can see over the nut, all the colour is in the lacquer.[​IMG]
     
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    I'm a bit scaredy-cat to use the heat gun on the neck, so, old fashioned scraping there. [​IMG]
     
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    It had these funny lugs for the bridge posts. I had used conversion posts from Browns Guitars (which were rather good) but I thought I may as well do it properly, so out they came. I made a little mask, to stop any chipping but I could have pulled them out with my fingers. Pretty loose.[​IMG]
     
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    I couldn't help but notice, the most beautiful slug on my lawn. A rockabilly slug for sure, or maybe a Cramps fan.[​IMG]
     
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    OK, all stripped & sanded.[​IMG]
     
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    Right, let's tackle those bridge post areas. I had to plug them but I wanted to keep the maple top as clean as poss. I measured the holes & bought some steel tube with an internal dimension the same as the holes. I filed the tube down & put some teeth in it, to make some plugs.[​IMG]
     
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    I cut a couple of plugs from some hard-wood I had (oak, maybe) I then cut some plugs from the maple inside the control cavity.[​IMG]
     
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    Like this.[​IMG]
     
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    Trying to get the grain in the right direction, I glued & tapped them in.[​IMG]
     
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    Right, other things to do before spraying. Round off the fret ends.[​IMG]
     
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