Cobra Burst Refin

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  1. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    The body binding is on and it's time to go to work on the neck and headstock.

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  2. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    Refretted and bound...

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    Here's the start of the headstock binding.

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    yamariv Senior Member

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    WOW!! Amazing work!! :wow::wow::applause::applause:
     
  4. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    Last piece of headstock binding going on, then all the binding is done! Next, I'll clean up the headstock and install the MOP logo. Then onto the finish.


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  5. jestremera

    jestremera Senior Member

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    Great work!
     
  6. Herr Dalbergia

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    Looks sloppy for me at the miters, sorry...
     
  7. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    Thanks for the opinion. It looks better in person, and maybe they picture looks a little funny since the binding isn't leveled off yet. If it ends up less than perfect, I'll take it off and so it again.

    That's why I post this stuff... you guys are the harshest critics.:D
     
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    jordans0nly Senior Member

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    Well honestly, I thought it's coming along nicely. But hey, I just do tech support...what do I know? lol
     
  9. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    So now I have a problem. I've tried to apply the dye to the top for the burst and the nasty discolorations keep coming back. I just removed it again and have bleached the hell out of the top. I'll give it another go during the next few days and see what it looks like. I haven't had this problem with other studio refinishes. I have a couple of nice pieces of flamed maple veneer that could be applied, if it comes to that.


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    Well that sucks. Do you know what causes this?

    Regarding dyes vs. spray-on lacquer, are you not set-up for the latter?
     
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    Not to be a D- Bag, But im pretty sure were watching learn as you go type Refin Sessions
     
  13. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    Huh? not sure I understand.
     
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    I believe he is inferring that each of these refinish threads, etc. are your first attempt at these types of work and we are witnessing your first attempt at doing them... meaning you haven't ever done this stuff before or are not experienced in this sort of work, and you are learning through trial and error while also showing us your trial and error with these threads. I could be incorrect in my understanding of his statement, but that's the way I took it.
     
  15. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    Ah. Well, that's certainly not true. I've been at this for quite some time and have worked on a variety of types of guitars. I thought it would be helpful to show some of the challenges that can arise when approaching different projects and also to show some of the creative ideas that members have requested be applied to their guitars. Isn't that what this forum is about? People should realize that problems arise and, just because they're not posted, doesn't mean they don't happen. I appreciate comments, constructive criticisms, advice and solutions. That's what this is about, right? Members making contributions and sharing ideas and solutions?

    Over the last 15 years, I've encountered many challenges refinishing guitars and made many mistakes. That's the definition of experience. I, personally, appreciate the challenges and embrace mistakes... that's the only way to learn to avoid them and improve your craft. If, someone doesn't like my binding channel, that's okay. Through experience, I've found that I get better results using the methods that I'm sharing. A cobra burst finish on this plain top is a challenge. It would certainly be easier if this were a flame top. The member who sent me this guitar asked for something specific and I'm working to deliver it.

    Comments, opinions, advice, etc. are always appreciated as long as they are constructive. The people that I've worked for have always, at a minimum, been satisfied. Maybe I shouldn't be so transparent with the process and lead people to believe that all goes smoothly all the time?
     
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    I appreciate your threads, Mr Beef.

    Thanks for all the sharing of info & experience :)
     
  17. MrGansburg

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    Not at all. Very informative and interesting thread and good to see that things don't always go according to plan even for experienced people.
     
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    Not to be a dick or anything, but when you preface a statement with "not to be a....", it usually means you are. :naughty:
     
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    Thank you for all your posts and threads Mr Beef. It's really inspiring to watch your work.
     
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    lol..............Funny you'd start a statement with those words as an opener. Get it..?
     

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