R8 Back From Dave Johnson.

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  1. Mr Bones

    Mr Bones V.I.P. Member

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    Posted this across the street, but wanted to share with the MLPF bretheren.

    :applause: Couldn't be happier with Dave's work. The finish really is amazingly done. The red is dark and richer, yet more translucent. Dave said when he stripped the finish he found the top on this one (a 2001 R8) had been stained, and other '01s I've seen had also seem to have stained tops. The first refin was an overspray, after this one the flame does seem to have more depth and movement. The inlays were also changed, and are a huge improvement over the 01 inlays which after owning the guitar for severl years had actually turned a dull grey color :wah . The top was lightly aged to match the rest of the guitar which has its share of scratches and dings from playing. Light checking that Dave did is really amazing, it is very subtle and quite different from the non cold checked checking ive seen. Here are the before, previous top refin, and current pictures. I'm not a big fan of red sunbursts, and had originally planned to have this faded by Dave Johnson, but after he sent me the first few pics after the refin, I liked it just how it is, and will enjoy it fading naturally. This guitar is perfect now and I promise no more work on it :hippie:

    My Photo skills are good enough to get a good shot of the checking, and the camera however hard I try always caputure more red than there is.

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  2. jimmydeuce

    jimmydeuce Senior Member

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    I think that's the best one I've seen from Dave so far. Beautiful guitar.
     
  3. Tone Hunter 81

    Tone Hunter 81 Senior Member

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    :eek2: :eek2: :eek2: :eek2: Speechless....:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

    I'm not a fan of cherry burst either, but that is incredible!!!
     
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    Sure looks like the Brockburst flame & all
     
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    goldtop0 Senior Member

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    That sure is a good lookin' gat,congrats:)
     
  6. thefishingline

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    That sure is very dark..is that the way your wanted it or the lighting from the pics?? Iv'e never seen one that dark in cherry...cool
     
  7. Mr Bones

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    it is darker than any of the washed cherrys gibson does, but if you look though BOTB, most of them seem to have started out with a much richer red than gibson does now. The color in person really is dead nuts brockburst color. I decided on the darker red because the plan originally was to fade it, and I wanted a good place to fade from.
    Here is a shot right after paint:
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  8. FLICKOFLASH

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    prefade

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    after fade

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    ..same guitar
     
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    Tell me about the fading process.
     
  10. Todd Louis

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    Verry Nice Man!!! Now change that Jack plate:)
     
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    you set your guitar in the sun or tanning bed for hours many times over :shock: Old Lacquer formulas fade faster ,( some as little as 4 days ) many new lacquer are basically fade free
     
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    Nothing is Fade Free... Everrything Fade's in time
     
  13. FLICKOFLASH

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    Gibson has fazed out using aniline dyes for their backs as of this year & the new lacquer does not fade or is more resistant to.
     
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    ...more resistant...I've done a bit of fade on the back of my '07 R8 in a couple of spots but it takes longer than previous years reissues...
     
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    The new stains I assume are water based .They claim it is more grain enhancing to the mahogany ( I heard they look very good) , Did your back look any different from the get go ?:eek2:
     
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    That is the perfect color, the perfect finish!!
     
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    ...both the new R0 and the R8 back graining does look a lttle more pronounced and nicer looking than on my 2004 R0...
     
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    Why bother to have such a wonderful color burst...done by the very talented DJ and then fade it? The prefade is beautiful...the post fade is greenish brown...ugh.

    I guess I just dont understand. :wtf:
     
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    The greenish hue is very desirable to vintage fanatics & is very hard to duplicate ,Fading is also something that all real burst have, & the degree of fade is what has given all the different shades & the Magic of Vintage & 50 years of Mojo
     

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