Paint job ???

Discussion in 'Norlin Years' started by Jackassrock, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. Jackassrock

    Jackassrock Senior Member

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    I've got a beat up '86 standard in black that I love to the moon and back, and I'm considering having it refinished. I'm thinking tobacco burst, cause I have always wanted one, and I play in a KISS tribute band that gets paid pretty well, so it would make sense to have one in that finish around. I do have a couple questions though before I take the plunge.

    1) What kind of finish would be on this guitar form the factory?
    poly? nitro? something else? I have no idea.

    2) What are the chances this top is so fugly that it has to be a solid color?
    I can hang with a plain top, in fact I'd prefer it, but how many pieces of maple with different grain patterns are there likely to be? Are there remedies for an ugly top?

    and 3) Who is the guy to go to?
    In the midwest possibly, I live in Cincinnati.
     
  2. ARandall

    ARandall Senior Member

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    All Gibsons are Nitro.

    The top on that era guitar is 3 piece......regardless of opaque or trans finish. The top bits were glued randomly and allocated randomly so if you check out the pics of typical guitars of the period you should get some idea of what to expect.

    The remedy for an ugly top is to paint it black.

    Not sure on local guys, as I'm about 20,000k away
     
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  3. elephantrider

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    restoration guitar in cincy.
     
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  4. TheX

    TheX Voice of Reason Silver Supporter

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    This was a beat to crap Norlin Deluxe with yet another headstock break. Ugly ass 3-piece top now shiny and beautiful.

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    elephantrider Senior Member

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    ^ man.... i'm in round rock, and i want to play that bad boy !
    do you take paypal ? ;)
     
  6. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    Black covers all sins..plus, with cream plastic, gold speed knobs and double white uncovered pickups, will do ACE quite well IMO.
     
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  7. Jackassrock

    Jackassrock Senior Member

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    I just saw a clip from the Paul Lynde Halloween special this morning, and noticed the black LP. Still want a Tobacco burst tho...
     
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    indeedido Senior Member

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    Ace was predominantly a custom player so black is out as his custom was black. However before he got his cherryburst he had a tobacco standard. I think that's where he's coming from. I say go for it! While you're at it, have the middle routed out.


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  9. Left Paw

    Left Paw Senior Member

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    Way cool !!
     
  10. 1981 LPC

    1981 LPC Senior Member

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    Most likely a 3 piece top but it could be 5 or even 7.
    Still, as long as the grain doesn't vary wildly it could be a nice looking top/burst paintjob.
     
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    Darth Mildly Grumpy Senior Member

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    Umm......

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  12. Jackassrock

    Jackassrock Senior Member

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    They all played a bunch of different guitars in the early days. However, the tobacco burst Deluxe/Standard, and the triple bucked cherry burst are the two that are most closely associated with the spaceman. Can we agree?

    That's all I'm going for. **** I even used a white Custom one time for a KYSS gig, HORROR OF HORRORS !!!!!
     
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  13. Who

    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    TheX, is Nu-Finish what you use for the final scratch/swirl removal?
     
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    jerry47 Premium Member

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    Good question Im kinda interested in your finishing process, From first wax application to the final wax application What waxes and exactly what do you use as a wheel or buffer?? Thanks.
     
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    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    Hey @TheX ..... do you have a link to your process, either here or at ReRanch?

    Thanks!
     
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    Jeez, the X, that finish is spectacular. I usually dislike really shiny finishes, but that really has to glow of true lacquer, rather than just paint. That's really something. As far as the OP is concerned, I think I'm the only human being on earth who gets a kick out of a bust on a multi-piece top. I'm so burnt out with the fixation on flame and cosmetics, and the Collector's Choice copy mania, that I will admit to loving it when someone relies on shape and color and thinness and luster rather than some eye-popping maximum flames-per-inch spectacle. When you can get an Epi with a paper-thin maple flame war going on, it's over, as far as I'm concerned. But as most posters say, the usual deal is to do a solid color on a multi-piece. And look at that black on by the X, well -- yes.
     

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