Esquire Build Inspired by 70th Anniversary

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  1. Beebe

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    Thanks for these tips! I'll definitely be employing some of them. I'm mixing shellac from flakes at somewhere around a 1# cut in Everclear 190. I imagine it's close to diluting a premix 70/30???
     
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    Lightbulb moment: wait a sec, this is all shellac? I assumed you were doing lacquer once you ditched the original plan.

    Now I see that you never specified whether you did or not. Should I be wearing a dunce cap or no? I don't think it changes anything about my advice other than my being really unsure about the cut.
     
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    Yup. It's all shellac. I forgot to mention that when I switched to green. I've been working on developing all natural guitar finishes (yes I consider Everclear 190 all natural). I'll be adding a few additional alcohol soluble resins to the clear coat to increase durability and/or add natural tint. I'm also working on a varnish composed of pure Tung oil, essential oil solvents, natural waxes and terpentine soluble resins. I'm using only ingredients that were available pre-petroleum, and pigments that are not man made. I'm not anti-petroleum, it's just what I'm interested in. I also like working in poorly ventelated spaces with minimal personal protective equipment.
     
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    I decided to use 0000 steel wool instead of sanding because I'm liking the wood grain showing. Here is what it looked like after rubbing out the drips and dust.

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    Here is what it looked like after another Preval bottle of the color coat.

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    I took one with flash too.

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    Cool! I applaud your efforts, and I'm glad you explained. Technically, I think lacquer would fit your definition. It was in use in Asia for centuries before petroleum, AFAIK.
     
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    Thanks! I agree. As I understand it, shellac is a lacquer. It's just a specific one derived from the shells that the lac bug builds on the bark of trees.
     
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    I got a coat of ultra light shellac clear coat on today. 1 Preval Bottle. It looks about the same.

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    But I think I'm going to go with rosewood and a white 1ply guard now that it's green. And maybe brass saddles.

    Need to get this TMO oiled up. Going to try a new Tung oil based varnish blend I'm working on.

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    Just need an Esquire one:
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    And look at the difference on those headstocks btw oiled and not oiled. That was a linseed based oil there. I don't think people need to worry about tinting their necks so they don't look like Squires as much as they do. A little butchers block linseed oil will get you pretty much there.

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    Here's some more parts. The Kinman pickup packaging is great. I'm not sure about the texture on the pickup top though. Is that right?

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    And here's a comparison between the fender bridge and a made in USA unbranded "half-satin chrome" one from Philadelphia. A nice option for anyone who doesn't want the branding or the jagged edges. A little bet more expensive though... Maybe mid $20s. Don't really remember.

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    Today I put on a clear coat of shellac mixed with resins for durability. Still looking about the same, maybe just a little glossier, maybe shifted slightly yellow.

    I plan to let this dry for several days then rub it out with steel wool and finish it with either paste wax or hardwax oil... To prevent damage from whiskey shots.

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    So since our last visit... I rubbed through the clear coats seeing if I could get a nice look with steel wool only. Nope. So I sanded with a block and sprayed color again. And started clear coating again.

    I also got this little spray table set up now. Which is nice.

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    And I was growing fond of the feel of that fat neck I was using as a holder. So I was curious to see if I could clean it up. Apparently the linseed oil sealed the wood nicely, because I was able to rub all of the color off with Everclear soaked rags. I left some on for these pics so you can see what the layers look like while being rubbed off.

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    Decided to stick with the all maple neck.

    Rolled the freatboard edges.

    Neck finished with shellac over the hard wax oil.

    Started polishing the body and decided I want to build up the clear coat some more to fill in some imperfections.

    Having not finished the string holes in the back, decided to go with a top load bridge.

    Here are some picks. Plates are set down loosely just to get an idea so they are a little crooked.

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    And with the blonde shellac clear coats on there it's actually starting to look a little more similar


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    Looking good!
     
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