Walnut SJ for my son

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  1. kmcanney

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    I started this one quite a while ago and had planned to have it ready for my son's high-school graduation. Graduation was delayed a couple of times around here, but I still didn't quite make it.

    Oh well. We're all at home these days, so he'll still be here when I finish the assembly and setup.

    • Body: Walnut back and sides with a western red cedar top
    • Trim: Abalone rosette, mother-of-pearl logo, and Madagascar rosewood binding
    • Neck: Mahogany with East Indian rosewood overlay and ebony fingerboard
    • Finish: Target Coatings EM6000

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    Work of art!
     
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    tintag27 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Great job - that is gorgeous... what a beautiful guitar!
    Your boy will be proud of you!
     
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    From the look of things you must be really proud of your son..
    Outstanding job on the guitar.
     
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    Looks G R E A T!
     
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    Great work on that one. I'm sure he will enjoy it.
     
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    Beautiful work!
     
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    Nice guitar, your son choose his dad well.
     
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    Beautiful!!!
     
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    Superb build! :cool:
     
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    Fantastic looking build. Your sons a lucky boy! Well done.
     
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    That's a real beauty :)!!!

    The finish looks really excellent; how do you like working with the Target stuff?


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    That's an amazing gift that he will always cherish. Beautiful craftsmanship.
     
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    Thanks, all!

    I’m still working through the learning curve, but I think EM6000 will be my go-to finish from now on.

    • It’s really clear. I did a shellac seal coat for the wet look, and I don’t see any of that dreaded waterborne blue tint.
    • I tested some repairs on scrap, gouging and scratching the final film before touching up. Target isn’t kidding: EM6000 burns into itself well. The repairs are as good as I get with nitro.
    • I let the finish cure almost 4 weeks before sanding, and I did still get some rolling. Target indicates 100 hours for full cure. I switched from Micro Mesh to Abralon pads, and I was happy with the results.
    • I sprayed HVLP straight from the can. I think I will try their retarder with my next build.
    • I also tried brushing with an expensive watercolor brush on a mahogany sample. Brushing works very well. If I don’t want to deal with spraying in the garage in the winter, I could absolutely finish a guitar that way. If anyone wants a brush recommendation, I bought a DaVinci 5080 size 60.
    • I’m still wearing PPE when I spray EM6000, but I’m a lot less nervous about what I’m doing to my lungs.
     
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    That is a very nice looking guitar. Bravo. The finish looks wonderful.
     
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    I'm a long-time Target Coatings user...dating back to about 2003. EM6000 is a really good product. The more recently introduced EM7000 high build version is also worthy. The extender/retarder is a very good idea in many cases to insure things lay down nicely...these finishes dry very quickly and it's easy to accidentally get a little more on than preferable which can result in orange peel if the surface dries too fast.
     
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