Precision Guitars White limba (aka Korina) Explorer Kit build.

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  1. Flakey

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    Ok I refuse to pay those wacky guys down in Nashville the money they want for a Korina Explorer so I ordered a kit from those wacky guys in Vancouver Canada for a kit to put together. It will be here sometime this week. Like the L.P. Junior I did last year I'll be happy to document its assembly if there is enough interest. It will be from start to finish. So...any interest?
     
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    Sure thing there is
     
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    Heck yeah. I'm in. Subscribed.
     
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    I won't be interested until I start to see pics; my brain just works that way. :lol:
     
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    Can you get the correct body and headstock shape? The one on the website looks weird.
     
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    Yes, interested.
     
  7. Flakey

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    I'm sure they're not exact copies. Don't want the legal team from Nashville knocking at he door but if thats the case I'm sure its nothing a little sanding here and there can't handle.
     
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    Definitely interested, being a fan of odd-shaped guitars.

    My #1 for gigging is a MIJ Jackson Warrior.
     
  9. Flakey

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    ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT!! good things arrived from Canada yesterday!
     

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    Lets get to the unwrapping!

    Nice two piece white limba body and one piece neck with rosewood fretboard.
    The frets are dress flawlessly ! :)

    Headstock profile doesn't look exactly like Gibson but that's a good thing. It keeps attorneys away!

    I don't have a temp plate for one so I don't know if you can sand away the wood to get an exact profile but its not something I'm concerned with.
     

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    It looks like the body might have some nice yellow color to it.
    So I applied some mineral spirits to it to get an idea what it would look lie if I just put clear coat on it.


    Yep it has a slight yellow color to it I might not dye it after all.

    I'm open to other's thoughts about it.
     

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    Now lets check the all important neck pocket fit!

    Great! Slight resistance while pushing it in and snapped in with a slight pop! just what I want. No gaps anywhere to be found and the neck doesn't flop or shift side to side when pushed or pulled.

    Precision Guitar has done it right again! :)
     

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    I'm going to veneer the headstock with a piece of black dyed plain maple or should I put burled walnut like I did with the Lp. Jr.?

    Anyways, last time I used the white wood glue and heat press method this time I'm going with hide glue.

    So I'm going to mix up a batch!
     

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    So I fix a one to one ratio of hide crystals and water and mix them together in a jar.
    I make sure the lid is tight and let it sit overnight for the crystals to soften.
     

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    ...& I was almost in on an Explorer kit build, but GC used had a Korina Exp w case at a price that was just absurd. It wasn't gonna last another minute so I snatched it up. I'm amazed how nice the neck is.

    Looking forward to this unfolding.

    I'm thinking nitro over time will darken yours up beautifully.
     
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    Ok after letting the crystals sit overnight they have absorbed the water and softened. Now they look like fish eggs.
     

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    Next I need to melt it. I do this by putting the jar into a old slow cooker filled with about an inch of water and heating it up to about 160 degrees F.
     

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    Ok melting is done I now have some hide glue ready after I let it sit overnight!
     

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    I vote for the maple.

    I'd like to suggest a dark grainfiller (after a good shellacing of course..don't want to stain the body, just fill the pores) after thats sanded,leveled and re-sealed then tint the clear with a touch of amber, maybe a drop or 2 of brown to take the brightness down. It will make the touch of yellow in the wood and make it pop, the filler will add nice definition.

    Another way to add a little extra highlight to your finish is to alternate the lightly tinted and clear in layers, also called shading (from stew mac book?) I believe, this give a nice deep finish presence that sometimes adds character to low figured woods. You can do the same process with your sealer. I use shellac so I do tint, clear,tint clear scuff then nitro clear or nitro tint then clear if I want more out of the color.

    Looking forward to the rest of this!
     
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    Dang, old school. Love it.
     
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