[New Score] 1$ flametop Strat body a lot of questions

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  1. xxAKSxx

    xxAKSxx Senior Member

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    Road to the Build...

    hey MLP a few days ago i scored a 3 piece alder strat body with a killer flametop for a dollar!

    paid a lot for shipping though...

    anyways it's a little damaged and i'm thinking pf removing the finish so here it is

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    so how do i remove the finish without damaging the figure...

    a lot of questions to come...
     
  2. CHUNKYNECK

    CHUNKYNECK Senior Member

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    Congrats, looks like a bargain for a dollar. Very SRV hamiltonish. I wouldn't be game to strip that top other than by lightly sanding it back. It's probably a thin veneer. Someone that knows more than me will probably be along to help you soon.
     
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  3. xxAKSxx

    xxAKSxx Senior Member

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    thanks
     
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  4. CHUNKYNECK

    CHUNKYNECK Senior Member

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    Things are slow around here atm with actual guitar advice. I've posted a couple questions and had no help either. Maybe we should have posted in the backstage under the title of boobs or something.:laugh2:
     
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    JMV Senior Member

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    I was thinking it's probably a veneer as well. I'd maybe just lightly sand it and add some clear to protect it.
     
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    I would agree with it being veneer as well, and sanding is one of the only, and most reliable, ways to take the finish off.

    The veneer is probably only a few millimeters thick, so it's very easy to go through.
     
  7. ihavenofish

    ihavenofish Senior Member

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    veneer is more like 0.5mm thick. if its veneer. looks like it might be photo flame to me. the body wood is definitely not alder.

    still worth alot more than a dollar of course :)
     
  8. xxAKSxx

    xxAKSxx Senior Member

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    anyways this is gona be in my collection
     
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    Body looks like pine to me...something low budget...with binding no less? May be a chance of the flame not being veneer due to the chipping it would cause when routing a binding channel. Only one way to fid out, eh? (I do not recommend doing it though)
     
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    It's very thin, that's what i was getting at :laugh2:

    But yes, nice score OP, whether you strip it or not, it is worth much more than a dollar. :thumb:
     
  11. bruce bennett

    bruce bennett Banned

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    looks like maybe its basswood to me... and a photo of the inner edge of one of the cavities will tell us what we all want to know..

    if its is a veneer, it possible to hand sand back to raw useing 220 and a flat block and then switch to 320 and the block when the color starts to disappear. BUT you MUST be very careful to watch the wood at all times while sanding..... if you see ANYTHING that looks like a new wood grain appear, even if only the size of a pin head.. STOP SANDING THERE.

    you may never be able to sand it back enough to change the color, ( that all depends on if they stained the raw wood red or if the red color is applied above a sealer coat.)
    but it is possible to sand one back to raw and then bleach the color out. although red is the one of the hardest ones to remove completely.

    I'd say your best course of action is to block sand it back with 600 and then spray a fresh clear coat over it.
     
  12. xxAKSxx

    xxAKSxx Senior Member

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    well it seems like alder at least...

    so is it worth a build...
     
  13. ihavenofish

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    not alder, guaranteed. basswood is my guess.

    (none of this should discourage you in this refin, but its easier to do a good job when you know what you are dealing with :)
     
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    yawny Senior Member

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    To echo Bruce and Fish, there is such thing as good basswood, it just has a bead rep as being the go-to material for some lower-quality instruments, but in no way is inferior to alder, just different.

    I believe Music Man basses are basswood and Warmoth offers bodies in basswood. A good piece of wood is a good piece of wood (to a certain extent)
     
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    The question I have is....what was the shipping cost?

    And was it damaged in shipping or did the seller know about it.
     
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    xxAKSxx Senior Member

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    34 dollars and no it wasn't damaged
     
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    Congrats man. Gonna be a Shredder?

    Is it a flat top, if so how hard would it be to apply a new vaneer if he goes through the exsiting one. I hav done it with countertops and other odds and ends using flat weights.
     
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    if its bound, new veneer would be a little annoying. otherwise, easy.
     
  19. xxAKSxx

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    binding will be changed anyways...

    thanks

    here are the colors i'm thinking of...

    Leaf Green
    Sonic Blue
    Alpine White
    Wine Red

    What Do you think
     
  20. ihavenofish

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    if youre going solid... sonic or daphne blue is what id do :)
     

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