Age the wood
Put some wire wool in a jar of white vinegar let it ferment for 24hr
put a tea bag in a jar of hot water
Brush the tea onto any bare wood areas let it dry
Brush some of the vinegar on the same areas don't soak it on have the brush almost dry
do it in stages or the wood will go...
It is a sad time been there twice i can totally sympathise
It does effect some people massively infact the only time i ever saw my father cry was when the dog had to be put down
good on you for giving your pets a great life
If the decal is made out of decal paper you can use anything over it nitro /poly/acrylic etc
If the decal is made out of vinyl nitro will melt it
easy way to find out is test on a scrap piece of wood
If the pots are split shaft which are not great on them barrel knobs face the gromet along the split or it will just bend the shaft that should fix the up and down motion
The crack in the finish on the neck pocket is probably where someone has forced the neck in pretty lazy at quality control...
Looks like it is going to be a great build the body looks amazing
Did you buy that neck direct from ALLPARTS without seeing what you was buying ? them minerals stains are unacceptable that should be marked up as a 2nd
The damage is in the dark area of the burst so i don't see why people are reluctant to take the job on if it was further up the body into burst then yes it would be a hard job
From looking at the picture there looks like a ripple crease in the clear coat above the chip from the trauma poly...
Old 12 strings look cool but if there is ever a guitar to avoid it is an old 12 string
unless you have forearms like popeye and fingers of steel or you plan on letting leprechauns limbo dance under the action
A good crisp image depends on the pixels from looking at that image it looks like the resolution is really low
go to image size in your software and bump the resolution up until you get something acceptable
I used to have a digital piano it was a heavy beast of a thing with weighted keys which sounded great with headphones not so good through speakers
replaced it with a 88 key M-Adudio usb into the pc running it through stand alone or VST software hammonds synths grand pianos sounds amazing...
Certain companies have removed some chemicals from them hardware store bought paint removers
if you look online you will still find the nasty stuff to brush on
Have to agree with oldunc belt sander is not a great option
The heat gun will remove it if you are careful put some double masking...