New Design Proto Build - Lyra

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  1. preeb

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    Main usage is for wood drying and treatment but I also use it as described above for the thinned Shellac to get absorbed into the surface
     
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    I'm always amazed at the level of thought and detail that you put into every step. It's something we should all aspire to.

    And I love all the softened edges on this design. It reminds me of a river stone...
     
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    For the color scheme I want something that will look vintage 40's style and will complement the Mahogany to its deepest most lustrous look.
    I will be using Shellac based color coats and start with what I call "Rusty Cherry". Both builds will receive the same color scheme with the maple top model getting a vintage honey top color.
    Both backs will also get busted.

    Here we go...

    The mahogany top proto sprayed with Rusty Cherry all over

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    Followed with a darker shade of the same color to burst the top, back and sides.
    The burst is mild and masks the transition glue lines nicely adding even more depth to this beautiful color

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    Note how flat and smooth the finish film is already without the need for sanding sealer. Only two coats of clear and that's it... no sanding and no extra unneeded coats (-;

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    The Maple build is getting the same color for the back but the top is kept clear

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    I now manually and very carefully clean up the over-spray down to the high recurve line keeping the line perfect and smooth

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    Overspray removed from the sound holes

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    and scraped around the board with this modified razor

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    Amber Shellac sprayed

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    first "Dirty" mid coat added

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    second darker "Dirty" mid coat added

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    and now I get back to the same gun I used for the back bursting to transition the top to the back

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    The glue line is there but just enough...

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    I'll let them hang for a day before spraying the clear nitro

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    The lighting in the spray booth is daylight fluorescent and doesn't do justice to those colors...
    Here's a shot taken with a flash just to get an idea of the color depth


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    They both look fantastic!!

    Nathan
     
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    Thank you. I really love the way both have turned out.
    Designing is one thing but seeing it come to life is overwhelming...
    like the difference between school Sex education and having your own child (-;
     
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    Beautiful build!

    When the body is hung it reminds me of Edvard Munch’s The Scream for some reason!
     
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    Your avatar too... (-;
     
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    Just beautiful! It just keeps getting better with each post. I absolutely love the shape and design, its personally taking some of my favourite elements and combining into one dream guitar!
     
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    Gil, you've read it repeatedly but I won't refrain from it: your level of resourcefulness and craftsmanship are as amazing as they are a privilege to witness.

    Parabéns e um abraço!
     
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    Stradivarius is alive and well and living in Arizona.
     
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    Thanks. I think (-;
     
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    Before the clear coat is sprayed the binding and nut sides need to be cleaned from the color coat

    I press a wooden maple straight edge on top of the frets

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    and scrape with a sharpened piece of band saw blade I shape to size

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    The creme dots look nice against the darker colors and I find them more visible on a dark stage than the dark dots in a creme binding...

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    Headstock sprayed in black lacquer. I use a logo mask to make scraping easier

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    Scraping the logo edges

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    and tint with UV aged golden lacquer

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    Stamping the body and neck with serials.. etc..

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    First clear coat is a thin misty coat of Nitrocellulose to fuse the lacquer to the Shellac.

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    I make sure there are no blemishes in the flat surface

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    The following coat is going to be the final wet and thick clear coat (hot lacquer without thinning) to allow safe buffing but will only be sprayed tomorrow.
    Once dry it will receive a wash coat of misty retarder and buffed to high gloss the following day.
     
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    They are beautiful!!
     
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    The second and final clear coat is done the old school way using hot lacquer without any added thinner. This particular lacquer is pretty thick in room temp and really needs a significant percentage of thinner to be sprayed but thinner is sometimes the enemy when it comes to blemishes so heating up the lacquer is making it flow nicely to be sprayed and helps it lay flat and shiny with minimal run chances. It will also lose less volume as it dries, minimizing shrinkage or lacquer pull at inside corners.
    Temp used is 100 degrees Celsius which is the boiling water point in my electric rice pot (-:

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    It will cure for at least a week or until it stops to outgas (by smell) and then I will spray the retarder coat to make it glassy smooth.
     
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