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  • PROJECT: Zakk Wylde Rebel

    Ive always liked Zakk Wylde's Confederate flag Les Paul Custom but you cant buy one so the only option was to make one! I dont have the cash to buy a Gibson Les Paul Custom to do it, so I purchased a used Epiphone Les Paul Custom in Alpine White.

    I will update this thread as I progress with the build/customisation.

    Costs to Date:
    Epiphone LP Custom
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  • #2
    Sanding continued....






    I used some 400 grit sandpaper on the top of the body to remove the top coat of lacquer, therefore the finish would be roughed up so further coats of paint would stick better

    Masking off the binding:




    I masked off the top binding so when i applied sanding sealer to the back/neck/sides/headstock i wouldnt get any on the white finish on the front.

    Applying the sanding sealer:




    Masking off the whole of the guitar except the front to prepare it for the flag design...

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    • #3
      Masking the back:



      Onto masking the flag design:









      Cutting and placing the stars (This was very tricky to get it lined up!!)





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      • #4
        More stars....











        After 4 coats of blue:




        ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

        I cut out a template for the numbers '04' which feature on Zakk's guitar, and then used them to cut it out of masking tape. I tried using the '0' template but it didnt look very good so in the end I drew it on the masking tape using ruler and compass and then cut it out with an x-acto knife. I used the template for the '4'

        Then I applied some coats of the red, which fortunately have covered the error mentioned above (Painted a bit blue which should be red!)



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        • #5
          Measuring up where to put the numbers using the templates I made...



          Masking tape cut and applied....







          After 1 coat of red...



          After 5 coats of red....




          ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

          Taking the masking tape off....



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          • #6
            All the front masking tape removed...








            All masking tape removed from the guitar....





            You can check out this and my other guitar projects on my website, www.mrguitartech.com and while you are there sign up to the forums!

            Ive done the clear coat as well but it looks pretty similar to no need for more pics! I am now leaving it for 1month for the paint to cure before the rebeling begins!
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            • #7
              Nice work!

              Not really my thing, but I'm glad it turned out.

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              • #8
                looks fantastic


                so you're keeping it pretty, or are ya gonna relic it?


                need some bottlecaps?
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                • #9
                  I liked it before. :cop: :cop: :cop:
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                  • #10
                    Not really into Zakk (skammer)...or the Confederate Flag (what it stands for)...or both of those together (zakks from Joizey)

                    But you did a good job doing what you wanted to do.

                    Did you clear coat it after?
                    Are you gonna hammer bottle caps into it?

                    Shouldn't there be another partial star behind the bridge pup?

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                    • AJ6stringsting
                      AJ6stringsting commented
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                      abstract wrote:
                      Not really into Zakk (skammer)...or the Confederate Flag (what it stands for)...or both of those together (zakks from Joizey) But you did a good job doing what you wanted to do. Did you clear coat it after? Are you gonna hammer bottle caps into it? Shouldn't there be another partial star behind the bridge pup?

                      I was thinking of doing the same thing but with my Tribal Nation Flag (Comanche Nation flag) . You did a real good job !!!!


                  • #11
                    Great job but why would you want a guitar that mimcs a guitar that was built for an **************************** crook like ZAKK?

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                    • #12
                      Great job but why would you want a guitar that mimcs a guitar that was built for an **************************** crook like ZAKK?


                      Why is Zakk an **************************** crook? did you buy a 357 customs model?

                      Thanks for the positive comment on the work tho :lol:
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                      • #13
                        That's the best looking rebel flag in Europe!

                        Also, kuddos on the Kerry King JCM 800!
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                        • #14
                          I not only "bought into" the 357 scam...I told friends who "bought into" it also.

                          I was able to get my cash back (I paid with a CC). They weren't (They sent checks). HIS friends set it up, HIS website promoted it, HE is a crook of the highest order. PM me I'll give you his home address (what you choose to do with that info is none of my business).

                          You don't have to feel bad for me or my friends...but you cannot say Zakk didn't know/benefit from that ****************.

                          He'll get his.

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                          • #15
                            or the Confederate Flag (what it stands for)


                            And what does it stand for?

                            The guitar is looking great dude. Keep the thread updated with pictures.
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