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Old November 19th, 2013, 11:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1953 relic CV

Started as a 2008 vintage blonde CV 50's. I removed all the poly/paint down to the seal coat and shot it with a thin coat of satin so the grain still showed through. Was going after Vince's 53 look. Looks much better in person, the flash makes it look whiter than it is.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 11:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Started as a 2008 vintage blonde CV 50's. I removed all the poly/paint down to the seal coat and shot it with a thin coat of satin so the grain still showed through. Was going after Vince's 53 look. Looks much better in person, the flash makes it look whiter than it is.
And I'd say you nailed it pretty damn good. Nice work!
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Old November 19th, 2013, 11:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice. Looks sweet!
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 03:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 03:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Great job.
That really takes that guitar out of the standard CV vibe.
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 04:16 AM   #6 (permalink)
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ohh pretty! thats the one guitar i still need to get my hands on... a nice white tele. i'm jealous. and that's a very tasteful relicing
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 10:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
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nice job on that!
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 11:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I changed guards and did a tad more relic work to it.
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Old December 25th, 2013, 11:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I just got a neck off one of those,and that's the look im after on this project.nice guitar love the paint!
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Old December 25th, 2013, 11:54 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Looks great!

How did you remove the poly/paint?
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Old December 27th, 2013, 10:17 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Looks great!

How did you remove the poly/paint?
Sanding, sanding and sanding. I actually had a couple of bloody fingers and had to put on gloves. I swear it took FOREVER to get the poly off with 150 grit...especially in the horn areas. Sanded down to the seal coat, then went with 400 grit and then 0000 steel wool.
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It really does look old, with the wear in the right places.. Very, very nice. Would you go with a coarser sand paper in the first stages, if you were to do another one.??.. so it wouldn't take so long..????... I have a white CV-50 and am tempted to make mine look old too....
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Old December 27th, 2013, 01:16 PM   #13 (permalink)
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It really does look old, with the wear in the right places.. Very, very nice. Would you go with a coarser sand paper in the first stages, if you were to do another one.??.. so it wouldn't take so long..????... I have a white CV-50 and am tempted to make mine look old too....
I don't think I would use anything heavier than 150 grit, mainly because you want to get to the seal coat as slowly and evenly as possible. Heavier grit I think would take off too much too quickly, and would also increase final sanding/rubbing work. I used a rattle can satin ivory VERY lightly as to let the wood grain show through. It looks (and feels) like a real vintage guitar now. I love it.
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Old December 27th, 2013, 03:09 PM   #14 (permalink)
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So you left the seal coat on or removed the seal coat? On my strat i went down to the seal coat not to the wood and it still feels more modern than vintage to me.
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Old December 27th, 2013, 03:17 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I left the seal coat on, mainly because wood is so porous and paint shows everything. I couldn't see removing it and just having to do it again. I'm not gifted enough to work the wood good enough to paint directly on it. The dull satin finish applied very lightly makes it feel and look very old...at least on mine.
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You use a sander or all elbow grease?

Looks fantastic!
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All by hand, no power tools.
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Old December 28th, 2013, 09:07 AM   #18 (permalink)
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DennisM: thanks for the how to info.
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Old December 28th, 2013, 12:19 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Outstanding! Just really looks perfect. Well done.
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Old December 31st, 2013, 10:03 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Looks awesome. I'm picking up a CV50 later today (hopefully) and would love to do some light relicing as well. Im very new to it though. Did you do any sanding to areas of the body that arent obviously reliced? Also, did you do anything to the neck/fretboard?

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