- Sep 15, 2012
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Tbh veneering without a dedicated vacuum press, or bespoke caul/book press is very tricky and high skill as you have to exactly trim the centre line to compensate for the compound curves of the top allowing a flush join, and the unattached veneer will sit ‘cupped’ and preformed on the bench top, so a simple refin would be FAR less labour intensive..That 55/59 is a thing of great beauty. Just fantastic. I', curious about the 53/59. With your chops, why veneer the top? Maybe I'm just turned off by the fact that every Epi getting spewed out of an Asian assembly line can have a AAAAAAAAAAA (veneer) top that I find that feature to be a real turnoff. I'm doubtless in a minority, but I would rather see your fantastic burst on a plaintop than slap a veneer on that 53. But that's just personal choice. Your work is amazing, and resurrecting these guitars is really a great mission. Impressive, sir!
The reason to veneer was made between myself and the owner, as he already has a ‘50s GT, and this one with its three piece mismatched plain top, end grain wraptail plugs and crack between the knobs/seam separation had very little to offer visually, and he wanted a classic Burst.
I’ll be shooting my usual vintage correct faded/aged finish so while the figure is exceptionally strong for a ‘50s original, it’ll have a totally authentic vibe and present very well imo