Are you the lucky owner?
Congratulations to you sir! You lucky SOB.
Sharp dressed LP i'll say!
Just please tell me this one isn't getting reliced.
Gold top is awesome Gil. Nice work.
A couple of questions:
1. You said: "a misty coat of retarder sprayed over the entire guitar and straight to buffing."
Do you mean you don't wet sand? If you've explained your technique in this thread somewhere, do you have an idea where I could find it? I sure would love to avoid all the wet sanding and go straight to buffing.
2. What kind of case do you have with that gold top?
Thanks for your help.
I feel very honored and lucky that it is mine. Stay tuned for the 1959 burst which is mine too, might be up tomorrow...who knows.
It has been an absolute joy working with Gil, I would highly recommend him to anyone considering a custom instrument. The attention to detail and genuine desire to make each customer happy is something you don't see often anymore. Not to mention, he is the only builder I have ever seen that says you have a time slot, and an 8 week build time, then actually delivers in 8 weeks. I had a couple other builds that were supposed to be 6-8 weeks, turned into 8-10 months.
Thank you Gil.
Wet sanding and rubbing is required when the final "wet" clear coat is less than perfect and it happens sometimes. It has a lot to do with the weather too because getting a perfectly smooth clear coat requires the right conditions. You can always do another wet coat to fix the surface but that will end up with a thicker finish film which I do not like... so there's basically only one chance to achieve that.
The misty retarder wash helps getting a flat buffing result without over heating the buffed lacquer. When the film is very thin any heating can cause a buff through which means... well... back to square one.
The buffing must be done within 30 minutes or so after the retarder wash.
Gibson did the same thing in the 50's.
I love the Lifton cases of course but I never trust them for overseas shipping.
I use ABS/Aluminum flight case and recommend adding the Lifton later just for show off even though a Lifton case screams "Steal Me" (-;
Oh. my. God.
I've had some weird thoughts lately about ordering a 54 Goldtop, a 59 ES-335, a 59 Strat and a 1960 Jazz Bass all in one go. I'm sure there will be a way to do so, that do not involve me living in a cardboard box.
Have to figure this one out