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  • Looks amazing - as are those acoustic builds! Great job. Can't wait to see the finishing.
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    • Freeman, it looks great so far, can't wait to see the end.

      You gave me some good tips a couple of years ago on the Kit guitar Forum before Bill sold it. My OM21 turned out to be a great guitar.
      Thanks Rick


      I really like leading people astray, er, helping them get started. Some incredibly wonderful folks have helped me at many stages along this journey.

      We'll do some staining tonight

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      • Maybe cherry red base with a soft burst to the medium brown? Looks great so far!

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        • This is amazing! I didn't even know there was such a thing as build your own les paul kits!
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          • This is amazing! I didn't even know there was such a thing as build your own les paul kits!
            That's not a kit - he built the whole thing from hunks of wood. Amazing!

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            • How do building acoustics and electrics compare so far? I'd think the acoustic would be more difficult.

              I have to say that you also have a nice place to work and adequate tools, always a plus!

              I like your lifestyle. In some respects it's like my wife's and mine. No TV means lots more time in the day!
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              F*** 'em if they can't take a joke!

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              • How do building acoustics and electrics compare so far? I'd think the acoustic would be more difficult.

                I have to say that you also have a nice place to work and adequate tools, always a plus!

                I like your lifestyle. In some respects it's like my wife's and mine. No TV means lots more time in the day!


                I'll address this tomorrow - I have a date with my wife to go to yoga. I'm terrible at yoga but it is good for me, and besides there are all these sweet things in tight pants.

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                • The reason that I asked about stains and colors and all is that all thru this build I hadn't really decided. I started out thinking an amber fading to brown, but fairly light - I guess what I have always called an "amber burst". I did a tobacco burst on my mandolin and briefly considered that, but I think I'll save it for a Tele (there is always another build...). I almost got seduced by a cherry burst - so when you look at that scrap of maple you'll see the cherry red, a nice vintage amber, another orangish amber that I used on a dobro and a basic brown. I've also got a redish brown and another medium brown.

                  Cherry - amber - cherry - amber. I couldn't decide. I posted two question here - "Show me your amber burst" / "Show me your cherry burst" and all I saw were pictures of truely beautiful guitar. Finally one night I was reading a recent Fretboard Journal with an article about '59 Bursts and my wife looked over my shoulder. "I really like that one" she said. 59 burst it is.

                  I'll go thru the basic finishing step - start by sanding everything to 220, then 320. I pore filled the mahogany with StewMac paste filler (I like epoxy for highly figured wood). I use a plastic card to force it into the pores and squeeze off the excess



                  Sand back to the wood leaving just the filler in the pores



                  Mask the fretboard and sides of the binding - the top is a hassle and will be scraped. Now I wiped two coats of the amber stain mixed about two drops to 3 or so oz of alcohol. Sand the first back to wood, but because the figure has the grain at a different angle it absorbs more stain. Another coat and the figure is pretty well "popped"



                  I'm going to use a water based lacquer called KTM-9 - it is safe, gives pretty good results and is easy to clean up. Here is the finish, my little HPLV gun and the two stains that will be used



                  A wash coat of clear KTM seals the top and back, the I put two drops of the amber dye in 8 oz of lacquer and shot two coats. I guess I didn't take a picture at this point - darn. However next I put one drop of the brown in the remaining 7 oz and shot one coat starting about 6 inches from the edge and going out



                  Added two more drops of brown to what was left and another coat about 3 inches from the edge. The two more drops and 2 inches, then another coat at one inch. Its starting to look like this



                  Flipped the guitar over after it had dried and shot two coats of the brown on the back -



                  I'm going to stop at this point - there will be more finishing pictures but this at least answers the question of "what color are you going to paint it"

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                  • Lookin' good!
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                    • Keeps getting better...love the finish
                      "Anything that is complex is not useful and anything that is useful is simple. This has been my whole life's motto."
                      -Mikhail Kalashnikov

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                      • The burst looks very classy, and the figuring on the top is sweet. Keep the updates coming, FK!
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                        • oh man, oh man, oh man...that guitar is looking more beautiful every single day!

                          Do you have an estimate as to what the finished weight will be?

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                          • it looks incredible

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                            • I'm speechless.

                              Seriously, thanks so much for sharing this build.
                              Information is not knowledge
                              Knowledge is not wisdom
                              Wisdom is not truth
                              Truth is not beauty
                              Beauty is not love
                              Love is not music.
                              Music Is The Best.

                              - Frank Zappa

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                              • WOW! that is a fantastic looking burst!
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                                There's no "just a" allowed here. There's no reason to denigrate a great guitar that does the trick for you just because it's less expensive than someone else's.



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