The Special Tiger

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  1. MM73

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    Not much to say here.
    Lined it up, drilled it, and routed it.

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    I did need to kiss the jack bore face with a 5/8 forstner to get the jack recessed a bit into the curved surface.
    Will probably do the same for the strap buttons to avoid that shoddy look of a flat piece attached to a curved surface.

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    Pots are just what I had handy to check fit.
     
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    Had to make a template to make a clean looking cover recess for the control cavity.

    After that was done, the rest moved along nicely.

    Aside from pass thru holes for wiring, this body is ready for paint : )

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    ...finish work o_O

    First real use of the airbrush and compressor.
    Somehow clogged the medium nozzle when spraying the shellac base, and I can’t reassemble it!

    So, tried the fine tip nozzle opened up.

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    This is 6% Mixol white in Behlens lacquer thinned 2:1; first coat.

    Went on thin and even sprayed at 30 psi. But it took a lot of passes.

    I think the fine tip may not be great for spraying lacquer.
    Will try to get the medium tip cleaned and see if I lets me increase coverage on each pass. The shellac in alcohol didn’t need as many passes.

    ...and lots of fuzzies to fine sand out before the next coat.
     
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    Got the medium nozzle back together.

    After using it to spray shellac, I took the needle and nozzle apart and soaked in lacquer thinner to clean.
    It swelled the o-ring in the nozzle!

    I let it dry, and it went back together easy-peasy.

    Spraying with the medium nozzle was better.

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    Getting closer.
    ...but the dust and fuzz is killing me!

    I also have a heavy nozzle on order; will see if that helps me lay down base coats a bit more efficiently with the airbrush.
    Not worried so much about time, but don’t want to overwork the little compressor.
     
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    Hey Mark,

    It's looking really good!

    Never thought an air brush would have a wide enough fan to paint a guitar body. This is where the fuzz is coming from. As for the dust it takes a great deal of cleaning the shop to avoid the dust!

    Is there any reason you did not get a full size spray gun??

    I have to say the finish you are getting looks much smoother then my rattle can applications. Mine need quite a bit of wet sanding to make then even and flat.

    Keep up the great work!
     
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    The airbrush is definitely not ideal for base coats, but with patience, it does a great job.

    The fan with the medium nozzle isn’t much bigger than 2” diameter.

    I picked up the airbrush and compressor because I have a strong interest in graphics work...and I hoped the setup would be good enough for larger jobs. Truthfully, I had been overwhelmed by all the options for a full size gun. Figuring out what I needed for detail spraying was more straightforward.

    Again, not quite ideal for large jobs, but I’ve learned a lot. My decision on other spray gear will be more informed.

    I’ll be moving on to clear coats and graphics without any sanding.

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    Well, I’ll knock the fuzz off once more.
     
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    Been noodling on what I want to do graphic-wise on this one, and am ready to get started.

    Trying to stay ahead of the colder weather settling in around here.
    Plenty of warm fall days for spraying before I get chased indoors.

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    I have a couple coats of clear over the white now.

    Sizing and layout for graphic starts today.
     
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    Mark, it's looking really good!

    Can't wait to see what you do with the graphics!!
     
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    Scattered parts, notes, password, and time have left me frozen in time.

    First, a bit of liquor store patriotism.

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    Second, guitar crafting in progress.

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    Hope all has been well with everyone!

    Next, gotta see if Jupitor’s DPP 335 is finished.
     
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    I was wondering where you went, friend. Glad to se you back and back at work!
     
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    Back in the saddle! What's the plan?
     
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    Yes, the plan.

    12th fret markers to be replaced with a strip of ebony.
    The pic shows a piece of electrical tape I had used to check aesthetics before I routed away the maple.

    All kinds of trouble making the template for the body graphic.
    Lots of little curves to be cut, and i am making a mess of it all.
    Gonna try and find someone with a cricut machine that I can borrow.

    I did polish up the body.
    Use of the airbrush for the base white coat resulted in what I might describe as a thin skin finish - glossy, but the poplar grain can be seen thru it. Spray cans have always left me with a very opaque finish over poplar in the past.

    More work and pics to come : )
     
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    Nothing is ever easy.

    The ebony is tough on the plug cutter and can break apart while drilling.

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    I marked the direction of grain on markers to keep ‘em inline with the grain on the neck, but am having a hard time keeping the grain perfectly straight.

    Good-ish
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    Waiting for glue to dry, then I’ll trim it up.

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    This view made for a better pic, it is clamped up now.

    1/4” fret markers from ebony continue to drive me crazy...brittle little buggers.
     
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    Progress.

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    Nut slot cut, fret markers in, and 12” radius sanded in.

    Side markers and neck mount holes next. Then frets.

    Gotta get back to the graphic template...tedious!
     
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    I offered a drive to the beach or camping.
    They wanted to stay home. o_O

    Ended up being a productive weekend in the shop.

    Had some Warmoth 6105 wire...

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    Frets are seated well and the level and fret rocker doesn’t suggest much leveling in my future : )

    Sanded through 220.

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    ...and getting really difficult to procrastinate that graphic template for the body.
     
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    Darkened up the neck a bit.

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    • 3 or 4 base coats of clear Behlens
    • 4 - 6 coats of tinted laquer (2 oz clear + 2 drops transtint brown)
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    I didn’t keep track of the tinted coats; just walked it to the shade that I liked.

    Applied super thin with my airbrush.

    Will get more clear over it, then move on to decal work.
     
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    Peek-a-boo!

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    Finally getting some graphics work done!
     
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    Very nice!!

    Glad you're back at it!
     
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    Amazing!

    Inspiring me to get back to building...
     
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