First commisioned build

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  1. Kinghat

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    I'm about halfway through the build for a friends secret birthday present. His wife asked me to build something similar to my last build and to keep it super quiet for a surprise. Here's what I started with:
     

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  2. Kinghat

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    It's African Mahogany back with a curly maple top. The only mahogany I could find on short notice was only 5/4, so I had to make the maple cap 1/2 inch thick. I'm going to stain the top an orangish color and do a very slight 1/8 round over with bare sides, so it will be a type of faux binding. With the 1/8 round over there should be a clean line around the top where the faux sides should be visible from straight on.

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    And you're using power tools!?!? ;) :lol:
     
  4. R. Stratenstein

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    Fun project, thinking about the three people it will make happy--your friend, his thoughtful wife, and you!
     
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    Looks great already, nice top.
     
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    Looks nice, looking forward to the results.
     
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    Very nice!
     
  8. Kinghat

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    I am going to try to duplicate the color from this guitar. I built this one for myself earlier this summer.

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  9. Waylanderer

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    I've thought about doing this, and have done some preliminary testing on it. What I found was a tiny bit of bleed through (some places absorb the dye/stain more deeply than others) which made my sharp line not quite as sharp. I haven't tested extensively (basically I've just drilled cove-bit type holes in dyed scrap tiger maple and looked to see how sharp the edge is). Maybe a bit of sanding could fix it, but I'm not sure yet. I'm curious to what you find for this issue. If it worked, it would be a killer way to faux bind a top, plus you'd get rid of the sharp corner which bound tele's have.
     
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  10. Kinghat

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    Today I grain filled the mahogany back, did my final hand sanding and started dying the top.

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    That's very yellow. Maybe adding a bit of Amber would help.
    Looking good so far.
     
  12. Kinghat

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    After a couple of tobacco applications.
     
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    So, what you just blow smoke at it? :eek:





    Nice looking top!
     
  14. Kinghat

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    That would be pretty authentic!
     
  15. Kinghat

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    That's more like it
     
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    Better close up.

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    nice...wife ! b.
     
  18. Kinghat

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    Too late to turn back now! I think it looks pretty much like I was hoping for. Now to delicately clean it up with some careful hand sanding and cover it in sanding sealer.

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  19. Kinghat

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    Sprayed some Deft sealer

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  20. Waylanderer

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    It looks like the roundover through the dyed top came out well. Do you have a sharp line? How much sanding did you have to do after the roundover to get the sharp line? I think this looks great.
     
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