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PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:56 pm 
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Love the veneer; artful design and superb execution. I really like how you've modeled the pegbox sides next to the volute. Snakewood buttons? The tuners fit the look perfectly.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:03 pm 
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Thanks, Yes snakewood buttons on Waverly tuners.



I have the body prepped. On my last guitar well into a FP of the top I noticed a glue finger print flashing when I moved a light. Absolutely invisible while I was finishing. I use a glue that fluoresces in a black light and I have a black light. So this time before applying any finish I checked my surfaces with the black light and cleaned off any glue spots that I found.

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I finished the prep fill and started to pore fill. Here is the guitar where the back and sides have a coat of zpoxy and the top is sealed with shellac,

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:14 pm 
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While waiting for the zpoxy to cure, I cut out my hawk in moon logo. I posted this before, but I am getting faster. Also now the parts fit as soon as I am done cutting. Over time keeping the blade perpendicular to the pearl becomes second nature and I just focus on following the line. Here is a pictorial of the process.


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:42 pm 
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Looking very nice indeed! Love all the pictures.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 4:06 pm 
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Thanks John,

I finished my prep work and have sprayed my first coat of EM6000 a water based lacquer. My prep was z-poxy fill followed by a wash coat of blond shellac. In between the z-poxy and the shellac I spent a bit of time looking for gaps. I filled binding gaps with shellac and saw dust and I filled some rosette gaps with thick CA glue. All of these gaps were very thin, but I have learned that they get magnified with finish. I am padding on Royal Lac for the neck.

Here are some pictures of the guitar completely prepped for the lacquer spray.

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Here is the body with the first coat of lacquer (still wet)

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:07 pm 
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I finished spraying at let it rest for 5 days as per manufacture instruction. I placed the bridge and used a scalpel to mark out the bridge location and the fret board extension. I did this before any level sanding as I have learned that I end up marring the finish during this process. Before clearing the unwanted finish I level sanded the finish to P800 with a random orbital sander and buffed it out. I waited to clear the finish as I did not want any polishing compound on the wood where I am going to glue down the bridge.

I took a few teaser photos, cleared out the finish in the bridge and fret board area and am currently using my vacuum clamp to glue down the bridge.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 7:35 pm 
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It is all strung up. I have done no set up work yet as I like to wait a bit. But I made the nut and saddle so that they are close to final. The instrument sounds OK for the first 10 minutes strung up.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:10 am 
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That is an exquisite looking guitar. Just gorgeous.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:55 am 
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Beautiful John. Oh do I love walnut. Great combinations of wood.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:14 am 
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Jhon very nice as usual ... I want one of those work benches that look like a pool table too!
I do enjoy you sharing your builds. Thanks


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