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GFS Surf Green Relic Tele

Bazelevs
September 12th, 2013, 01:51 PM
Starting new relic project,

Lightweight Paulownia Surf Green body 3lbs.
Cheap chinese hardware and pickguard.
Squier neck.

Bazelevs
September 12th, 2013, 01:55 PM
sand paper, steel wool pack, screwdriver, razor blade

blowtorch
September 12th, 2013, 01:55 PM
I have that body as well, it's been sitting around for a couple years or so, I really need to slap it together with the neck and other stuff I bought for it

Bazelevs
September 12th, 2013, 02:02 PM
I've used sand paper, salt water and antiperspirant that contains aluminium chlorid, that is.

Bazelevs
September 12th, 2013, 02:16 PM
I have that body as well, it's been sitting around for a couple years or so, I really need to slap it together with the neck and other stuff I bought for it

I was afraid that dimensions won't be correct, but neck fit the body well.
string holes drilled incorrect, also control cavity. I've expected this type problems from $50 body.

blowtorch
September 12th, 2013, 03:33 PM
Yes I've pretty much assumed as much, thanks though for verifying that. Nice relic-ing, looking forward to seeing it assembled

Bazelevs
September 13th, 2013, 01:06 PM
Yes I've pretty much assumed as much, thanks though for verifying that. Nice relic-ing, looking forward to seeing it assembled

thanks :)

Bazelevs
September 13th, 2013, 01:09 PM
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blowtorch
September 13th, 2013, 01:20 PM
that is looking great.

I wonder if you can darken the exposed wood some more, without too much trouble? sorry if I'm getting ahead of myself

Bazelevs
September 13th, 2013, 01:47 PM
that is looking great.

I wonder if you can darken the exposed wood some more, without too much trouble? sorry if I'm getting ahead of myself

I was thinking about it, but still haven't found easy way to do it.
Maybe someone can help?

blowtorch
September 13th, 2013, 01:52 PM
I think maybe I've heard about people using coffee grounds? and of course there is the old shoe polish trick, if it works on necks why not body scrapes?

waparker4
September 13th, 2013, 02:01 PM
If you want it to look dirty, how about... dirt ? :mrgreen:

The body and hardware are looking great so far.

Bazelevs
September 13th, 2013, 02:33 PM
I've applied several coats of tru oil on dings and 2 coats all of the body.

Bazelevs
September 13th, 2013, 02:39 PM
I think maybe I've heard about people using coffee grounds? and of course there is the old shoe polish trick, if it works on necks why not body scrapes?

If you want it to look dirty, how about... dirt ? :mrgreen:

The body and hardware are looking great so far.

I'll try this on wood blank ) it should work:razz:

I've already tried tea + vinegar steel wool, but it doesn't looks naturally, it looks like see thru black finish, too grey

hesleptonstuart
September 13th, 2013, 03:32 PM
Try oil. I used motor oil, rubbed it on and left it to soak then came back and wiped any excess off. Really darkened the wood. "Fresh" wood really ruins a relic. Great job though, how's it sound?

Bazelevs
September 15th, 2013, 01:46 AM
Try oil. I used motor oil, rubbed it on and left it to soak then came back and wiped any excess off. Really darkened the wood. "Fresh" wood really ruins a relic. Great job though, how's it sound?

thanks for advice, will try on next project.
I'm waiting for string ferrules and pickups to finish it.

Bazelevs
September 17th, 2013, 02:15 AM
I've ordered Tone Emporium TE-05 Boutique '52 Tele Pickup Set from Canada, anyone used them?

good specs for $60 set

Sand cast High Grade Alnico V rod
RWRP for hum cancelling middle position
Vulcanized Fiber Flatwork (bobbins), Nickel/Silver neck pickup cover.
Scatterwound, Cloth insulated push back wire

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Tone-Emporium-TE-05-Boutique-52-Tele-Pickup-Set-/130949797440?ssPageName=ADME:B:EOIBSA:US:3160

oramac7891
September 17th, 2013, 04:56 AM
I'd like to hear about the method used on the hardware, that stuff look great

marsh99
September 17th, 2013, 10:12 AM
This is gonna look great when it's done, looking forward to it!

BigDaddyLH
September 17th, 2013, 10:27 AM
Wabi-sabi!

chippertheripper
September 17th, 2013, 10:37 AM
Looking sweet.

netgear69
September 17th, 2013, 11:35 AM
aging wood = tru oil cooking oil any type of oil then get some carbon you will find it on the wheel trims of your car from the brake pads rub it in to the wood then wipe it off then a fine mist of clear coat to seal it in very nice !

blimpo
September 17th, 2013, 09:41 PM
Black dye thinned some applied with a soft cloth on bare wood is the trick.

Let it soak in and dry. If not dark enough, reapply.

Bazelevs
September 18th, 2013, 03:31 AM
Thanks everyone :wink:

I'd like to hear about the method used on the hardware, that stuff look great

I've sanded a little bit with soft sand paper and steel wool. then I put hardware to the salt water for 1-2days. After I've sprayed it with antiperspirant spray, (I've used odaban antiperspirant, it contains 20% aluminium chloride, maybe you find other with similar ingredients), left it dry for 1-2 days, it became too rusty, so I sanded it a little bit.

If you want worn chrome(not rusty), tear up some bits of steel wool 0000 or 000 , put it with salt on cardboard and wipe neck plate on it. it make really worn chome, not scratchy. I've done neck plate.

Bazelevs
October 6th, 2013, 12:20 PM
vv

Bazelevs
November 27th, 2013, 06:22 AM
Finished! :wink:

https://plus.google.com/photos/118432968410901663442/albums/5950875812997462385

src9000
November 27th, 2013, 06:31 AM
Nice, congrats.

Lunchie
November 27th, 2013, 06:38 AM
Did it originally have a poly finish? Just wondering how the complete tru-oil coats worked with the original finish.

Bazelevs
November 27th, 2013, 07:16 AM
Nice, congrats.

Thanks!

Bazelevs
November 27th, 2013, 07:26 AM
Did it originally have a poly finish? Just wondering how the complete tru-oil coats worked with the original finish.

it was urethane finish, sanded top coat, then applied 2 thin coats of tru oil, I think it need to dry at least 2 weeks maybe more, it was sticky a little bit, so I've polished it with wool rag, it's not perfect but looks aged satin and good for relic finish.

here is my other relic project with poly finish + tru oil

https://plus.google.com/photos/118432968410901663442/albums/5950873657560475489