A long overdue silverburst build update

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A while back I reached out here a got some fantastic help regarding a tracing of a late 70's cutaway. I know @HardCore Troubadour was one of the respondents.....and my memory unfortunately has failed :facepalm::run:me on the handle of the guy who posted a dead straight on pic of his 79 Custom.
Big thanks once again guys.

Just thought I post some pics here of the progress.....we're locked down here in Aus due to a second wave....and I finally bit the bullet and decided I was going to do the multiply binding at last (its a seriously scary task to contemplate!!)
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I also have a more detailed post in the Luthier's Corner:

 

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Yeah.....the spraying will be another brown trousers moment. Of course I get to put this off for a while as we're in winter now in the southern hemisphere........I need warmer weather with my classy 'chain hanging under the lean-to' spraying booth :rofl:

The painting of the convoluted bursting effects will require some thought. It seems to have the most of any colour over the whole history of Gibson's lineup. I already have some pics of the various body bursting areas, and the back of the neck/headstock. I am still not sure whether the sides of the headstock have bursting done on them too.
 

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Funny you mention the bursting on these Norlin Customs..... My late 1978 cherry sunburst has bursting everywhere..... on the side and back of the headstock....

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The neck.....
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The body sides....
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And back.
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Now whether the silverbursts follow suit,.... owners will need to chime in.
 

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That looks very similar to the silverburst pattern.......both ends of the body, the waist, the edges of the neck shaft and headstock rear.....plus the regular teardrop front and back. Plus it looks like the SB might follow the sides of the headstock like on yours......I've seen pics where I couldn't tell if it was just the poor lighting of the photo, or if there really was a lighter patch near the middle tuner.
 

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That looks very similar to the silverburst pattern.......both ends of the body, the waist, the edges of the neck shaft and headstock rear.....plus the regular teardrop front and back. Plus it looks like the SB might follow the sides of the headstock like on yours......I've seen pics where I couldn't tell if it was just the poor lighting of the photo, or if there really was a lighter patch near the middle tuner.
I’ll get you some photos
 

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Thanks so much.
I can't believe the end of the headstock is bursted too:eek2:
Must have broken out the airbrush for that level of narrow gradiation.
 

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I love the look of a silverburst Norlin!
 

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Was thinking about this last night as I was playing.
How are you going with this?
 

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Well......
The guitar is complete 'in the white'. Which is to say with no finish yet added.

Don't hold your breath for finishing to happen. I'm still in winter, so can't spray with the temperature we have. But also I have no nitro left atm, and neither do any of the local luthier supplies places.

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I should add another few non-norlin type abberations to the list.......

Neck profile: .907 1st - .96 12th
I don't like pencil thin necks. I can play my 75 and 80 (both about .78-.8 at the 1st) but they are not my most comfortable necks. Generally when I build I like .95- 1" at the 1st. So this silverburst is a slim profile for me.

Weight: Approx 7lbs as pictured
Add in finish and all the hardware and we're likely in the high 8lb range for the finished guitar.
 

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Looks like it's come up nicely so far.
If you need any more detailed shots of anything, let me know.
 

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Funny you mention the bursting on these Norlin Customs..... My late 1978 cherry sunburst has bursting everywhere..... on the side and back of the headstock....

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The neck.....
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The body sides....
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Now whether the silverbursts follow suit,.... owners will need to chime in.
Yeah, the maple necked LPCs lend themselves well to some extra detail on the finishing touches on the heel and headstock. Not so much on my '83 w/mahogany neck..............
 

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We're only just starting to get out of winter weather here, so firstly I've not yet had any suitable weather to use my outdoor spray "booth". Secondly I have no clear left........and none of our suppliers has nitro in stock at the moment for me to get the finish I need.
It will be a little while until I can get this one complete unfortunately.
 

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Ok,

Just started with some nice weather, and finally I've got hold of the new season's clear from the supplier. Whilst I've really got nothing done on the silverburst that you can see in a pic, I'm in the critically important stage of completely levelling every surface so the metallic doesn't telegraph any minor imperfections that would be quite fine for translucent finish.
My 'prep' for doing the silverburst is doing of a 'test spray' on another guitar.....similarly its a metallic with a burst over the top so I get the guns (and my technique more importantly) set up perfectly for both tasks. This one will be a Goldburst.....like this:
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So far I've got a small start on the gold, and some of the colour on the back:
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