R8 Burst Refinish

Mr. Beef

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I'm starting the process of refinishing a members R8 burst that was previously refinished by someone else, although not to the satisfaction of the member. I'm pleased that he has asked me to do the work for him and that he has confidence in my work.

I know this is a risky thread to post because of the interest in '58-'60 LP bursts and all critiques are welcome and appreciated.

Ultimately, the guitar will have some light checking and fading. The neck binding is being replaced as well. When the guitar was refinished the first time, the "Lest Paul" logo on the headstock was done with a water slide decal and just didn't look right with the guitar. I'll be applying a proper silkscreen "Les Paul" logo in place of that.

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Getting her stripped down

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Amazing top. Horrible headstock work previous guy did.
Will you be finishing with the same dirty lemon?
 

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Some extra dye/black coverage on the headstock around the logo is needed.

Having made a few burst clones it always annoys me when I can't get the seamless MOP/black transition.

How do you plan to do the checking....and how much??? I'm hoping its very light that you go to....then let it continue on its own after that.

Thats a prime candidate for a 'Pearly' finish actually!!

Did you get one of the slikscreens from 'Voices' on this forum??
And you've probably got the ser no. stamp kit too.
 

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Some extra dye/black coverage on the headstock around the logo is needed.

Having made a few burst clones it always annoys me when I can't get the seamless MOP/black transition.

How do you plan to do the checking....and how much??? I'm hoping its very light that you go to....then let it continue on its own after that.

Thats a prime candidate for a 'Pearly' finish actually!!

Did you get one of the slikscreens from 'Voices' on this forum??
And you've probably got the ser no. stamp kit too.

Agreed on the black around the Gibson logo. I'm going to do the checking in the freezer and not go too far with it. It would nice to just get it started and then let the owner continue it naturally.

I happen to have a silkscreen box and will apply it using the same gold used for gold tops. Also have the rubber numbers to do the serial number properly.:D
 

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Applied the tinted grain filler...

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The back and neck look good after revmoving the grain filler.

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Getting ready to go to work on the R* burst (left).


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A view of the back...

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Cleaned up the binding...

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and tinted the binding...

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Next, I'll get it ready for fading.
 
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Time to get this beauty in the sun!!

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Looks awesome! Can't wait to see the results!


Frank
 

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Is there a benefit to doing the fading before doing the sanding + buff-out? Seems like an extra assemble/disassemble step.
 

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