R8 Refinish... Sunburst to Road Worrior

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  1. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    Soooo... I redid the top of the guitar awhile back and took it easy on the aging. I think we're almost there. Finishing up the new nut and then maybe some fine tuning.

    Installed a pair of Tom Holmes pickups with Jimmy Page style wiring.


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    Wow, that looks great!
     
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    hell yeah :applause::applause:
     
  4. deadlyweasel

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    Jeez Jim that is amazing!
     
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    Looks great!
     
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    Amazing work Jim!!! Well done
     
  7. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    Finito!!
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    Looks fantastic.
     
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    Very nice!!!!
     
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    Absolutely amazing!!!! Work of art!!!
     
  11. Ph03n1x

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    Overall, I like it but not sure how far I could take relicing. It seems like a scary process. It looks like razor blades were used on some spots? I can see a few pics where the cuts continue from the nitro to the binding. Did the freezer trick not work enough to crack the nitro? I've read that people use coffee or other tricks to get that dirty well used look to the nitro checking. What did you use? One day, I plan to do something similar. I've always wondered about nitro checking. It sounds like it can be tricky process.
     
  12. Mr. Beef

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    I repeatedly froze the guitar to get the checking, and in order to give it the REALLY worn look, I enhanced it in some places with a razor to chip it away. It's darkened with a variety of things, including but not limited to coffee. I save a lot of grime and dust that builds up in the shop from other work and I use that in the wood. Vinegar and salt to turn the bronze powder green and, when possible, a little natural sweat. In some areas, I rubbed away the finish with acetone and the rubbed a belt buckle on it to give it the 'wormed" look. I chipped away the finish in some places and I referred to my '71 Deluxe for inspiration. There's a picture of it somewhere in this thread.
     
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    A real stunner Jim!
     
  14. nicolasrivera

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    Really nice outcome, well done.

    Its surprices me you didnt get heat by the guys that loved to trash my relic threads.
     
  15. Mr. Beef

    Mr. Beef Custom Refins/Restoration Premium Member MLP Sponsor

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    Maybe they just haven't found it yet? I've certainly enjoyed your threads!
     
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    Terrible !!

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    So...do you put this soaked paper towel on top of the nitro? It doesn't react with the topcoat?
     
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    Mr Beef: Thanks for starting and updating this super-interesting thread. What's really impressive to me as a player and as one who does his own guitar work, is the way you persisted with the finish and distressing of the top until you fulfilled your vision for the piece. As we all know from experience, shortcuts and "good enough" results are present every single working moment, and it is truly inspiring to see this example of seeing it through and getting it right. The final piece really has that Snowy White look -- played forever.
     
  20. Mr. Beef

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    You'll have to wear away the clear coat in the areas that you want to oxidize the bronze powder.
     

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