Custom 50's style Flying V

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    I peeled the tape off of the skull inlay and cleaned the area surrounding it of Hyde glue boogers. The old brown glue stays soft for a few days when it is in a gob. That is the only thing that I don't like about it. My scale died so I don't have a way to measure my granulated dry Hyde glue. I will get one before I have to glue the neck on though. Anyway....ready to fill the cavities of the inlays. image.jpeg
    The inlay company recommends not using 5min epoxy but two ton epoxy instead so that's what I got. I laid out a glop, mixed it then put some black mixol in it. image.jpeg
    Then I poked the epoxy into the cracks and speed it a bunch of ways to make sure it was all stuffed in there. image.jpeg
    I had extra so I put some along the seam of the added edge piece. Now it has to sit for about 12 hrs to cure. image.jpeg
     
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    Brilliant build and awesome skills Joe! Your attention to detail is top shelf!

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    Thank you very much!
     
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    I VERY lightly sanded the face of the headstock on the bench belt sander, just until the pear was all showing. image.jpeg
    The detail looks really good but the eyes are sunk in just a little. I'm going to leave it as is though because it actually look kind of cool like it is. image.jpeg
    Then I put a light coat of black stain as a base for the black lacquer on the headstock. It looks pretty good. image.jpeg
     
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    Wow... just wow!

    I was watching this part with a lot of interest. I wasn't sure how that was going to turn out with the epoxy filling and colour matching but it's perfect! I have too many projects I have to finish up first but I really want to try something like this soon.
     
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    Thank you. I'm going to spray a thin coat of black over the headstock too and scrape the portion over the inlay off with a razor. The black stain helps me to not need as much colored lacquer. It will be nice and thin and easy to remove that way. I will take a good picture to use as a reference for scraping. I does look kind of cool as is though, it almost matches the unstained fretboard. I will get ready for the binding next.
     
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    I am toying with the idea of a hand rubbed tobacco burst. This is straight keda yellow, brown and black in water rubbed on a piece of scrap from the body. image.jpeg
    The color dulls when it dries so I hit it with a shot of stringed instrument lacquer and the color perked right up. image.jpeg image.jpeg
    So for this process it would be stain, sealer, grain filler, sanding sealer then clear coat. I would worry a little about the color under the sanding sealer but I think it will be ok.
     
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    I made a small piece of binding to get an idea of how it will look. Here is the headstock with it. image.jpeg
    I tried to get a few angles to check with the body colors. image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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    Here is my color test piece in the daylight, I like it. image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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    I have to pretty much finish sand the body and headstock before I route them for binding.
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    I don't want to sand The binding once it is installed to avoid scratching it so much. I sanded the body a bunch and raised the grain with some water so here is a shot while it was wet. image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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    I put some grain filler on and will let it sit for a day or two then sanding seal it. image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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    The little piece on the end that I had to add had a little crack where the glue didn't squeeze out. I filled it with gel superglue and sanded it down. Sucks but oh well I couldn't waste the body. image.jpeg
     
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    I made a little block to aim the drill bit for a 50's style v. I also have a doorbell hanger 1/4" bit to go from the neck pocket to the jack hole. image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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    And I get holes like this. image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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    I routed the binding channel and rear round over today. image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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    The short piece of test binding that I laminated would not bend at all. I heated it with a heat gun to see how it would bend especially around the shoulder corner. It deforms some and takes a bit of heat. image.jpeg
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    I will laminar the thinner two bindings and attach them then add the thicker one later.
     
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    My test piece is promising. I shot some lacquer over the sealer and all but a hole and deep crack disappeared. I think doing a hand rubbed burst will work fine. image.jpeg
    I want to test the ebony to see how it looks without dye and only Behlens fretboard oil. This is dry. image.jpeg
    And wet. image.jpeg
    I think it will look great natural.
     
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    I guess I'm taking on a bit of a VF-84 theme here. image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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    I took a large piece of my scrap pickguard material and sanded and polished it. I even tried to use some heat to bring the shine back but it doesn't look very good. I'm going to order some shiny black Gibson style 5 ply pickguard material.
     
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    Where did you source your binding in post #76?
     
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