The Paulownia Project

dean

Friend of Leo's
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Here’s an update on the project, so far.
- The GFS bodies (at least this Strat body) need a lot of work - but since I paid about $32 for it, I won’t complain.
- The body was full thickness.
- I converted the body to a hardtail. No huge problems with that.
- Biggest problem was getting the wood finished - it won’t be perfect, but it should pass the 20-foot test. The wood is really porous and needs a lot of wood filler and sander/sealer. I’ve got more into the paint products than the hardware.
- I plugged and re-drilled the neck holes.
- The neck was also a ton of work! It came out of a dumpster and was terribly stained and scratched up. I think it will work OK, though.

I’m slowly going through the sanding/polishing process, now, and will chalk this project up as a learning experience. I might do another paulownia project after I finish my next project (LP style). Here’s where I’m at right now (before rubbing it out):

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crazydave911

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I don't know about any others but I got a perfect body from GFS, from the kit they sell. A decent full thickness body and decent neck for $109 lol. Don't know if they ALL are but this one is 😁
 

crazydave911

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Cut my paddlehead headstock

Here's the body, paint grade but hey
 

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