Is this a dumb idea?

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  1. Uncle Remus

    Uncle Remus Silver Supporter

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    I have an Ibanez John Scofield jsm10 which is easily better than my es335. I saw these reasonably priced, but I hate relicking. I have built many guitars, but have never done a refinish. Am I crazy to think that I can buy one of these and refinish it. Screenshot_20171215-224031.jpg Screenshot_20171215-224031.jpg
     
  2. TheX

    TheX Voice of Reason

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    You would have to be careful with what is probably a veneer top. Other than that, sure...it can be done
     
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  3. Uncle Remus

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    Thanks. I think I will pull the trigger on it. Might be a fun project.
     
  4. chasenblues

    chasenblues Senior Member

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    Just throwing this out there..

    The guitar pictured is a AMV1000,Not a JSM10 i hope the "good Price" reflects that.
     
  5. Uncle Remus

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    Well aware of that. I just like the jsm so much (have 1) I thought this might be a cool project. Very similar to the jsm with a different headstock. I will probably drop some duncan 59s in this one and vintage wire it to give it a different flavor. Just under $600 most retailers have them at $1099.
     
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  6. Tone deaf

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    X is right about the veneer. Inexpensive archtops are not carved nor are they solid wood caps (in most cases). I would go very lightly on the sanding. Test the finish with your solvents and find the right one to dissolve the finish. Let the stripper do the work (how many times have you heard that one?)...
     
  7. NewDayHappy

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    If you have to ask, it's probably not a good idea. :laugh2:
     
  8. I Break Things

    I Break Things Senior Member

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    No, no, no. You got that all wrong. If you have to ask, you need more whiskey.
     
  9. jc2000

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    What's wrong with it the way it is??
     
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  10. Who

    Who PM me if you need me. I'll get the e-mail Premium Member

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    He hates relicing.



    As for the refin.... it's poly, on thin wood. As mentioned, it will be very difficult, unless your goal is a solid opaque refin.
     
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    That fake aging looks atrocious and amateurish. (IMO)

    They are great guitars, though...
     
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  12. Uncle Remus

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    I probably will do an opaque job in it. I am thinking about doing a candy apple red.
     
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  13. northernguitarguy

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    It looks stoopid.
     
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  14. Who

    Who PM me if you need me. I'll get the e-mail Premium Member

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    You don't even need to sand it back to wood. Problem solved!
     
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    Relic jobs on poly finished guitars look particularly retarded to me.
     
  16. truckermde

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    Agreed. Simplifies the prep work. :thumb:
     
  17. Freddy G

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    That's pretty ambitious. Not only is a candy finish very difficult to perfect, but it will telegraph every little imperfection in the prep.
    Just soz ya know!
     
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    No way would I refinish a 'cheap' guitar- or expensive one. There are too many great deals out there. I wouldn't go close to that. And rewiring those is a major pain.
     
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  19. Tone deaf

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    It's like trying to fade a pair of Tufskinz.
     
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  20. northernguitarguy

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    I’ve been playing the Northern for 25 years and it was used for years before me. Some dings, buckle rash and the headstock is a bit cloudy, but the finish is totally intact.
     
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