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CJ's Guitar Project Tread

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by cjvictoria, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. cjvictoria

    cjvictoria New Member

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    Alright, this is my Gibon/Epiphone Les Paul project thread. Here you will see my progress in sanding/stripping the old finish off all the way to refinishing my baby.

    Not too sure if this is the right place, but I wanted to document every stage of my project.

    Here's some pics from while I was stripping
    it down and getting it ready for sanding:

    my baby
    guitar1.jpg
    scratches on the side --from being dropped.. multiple times, while drunk
    guitar2.jpg
    sicknasty gouges in the back, must be fixed
    guitar3.jpg

    Yesterday I started sanding. Got some blisters after about an hour. Used the power sander for half an hour. Then I searched all over the shop for some coarser sandpaper. I did not find any so I called it a day.


    Here's what I have right now:

    guitar4.jpg

    guitar5.jpg

    Like I said, I began just with hand sanding today and ended up whipping out the power sander to no avail, grit was too fine to take off all the lacquer efficiently: and now I have mad blisters

    I'm going to the hardware store tomorrow for some coarser sand paper. Then when I have some more results I'll post em up.

    By the way if you want to paint your guitar, you should wrap your pickups up so that no dust gets all up in them; and for that matter you should wrap up anything electronic so as not to have dust infiltrate them. It will make it easier when you go to paint, as there wont be dust falling out the pickups. :D
     
  2. phyregod

    phyregod !!YTINASNI

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    Should have chemical stripped it and saved yourself the trouble.

    Hindsight 20/20.
     
  3. UNDR8D

    UNDR8D ...has a job!

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    If you are refinishing a guitar shouldn't you remove the pickups from the body completely? I have never seen a refinishing where the pickups were left within 10 feet of the guitar. They are a sensitive sound conversion device and any damage, grime, dust, paint or otherwise will effect their overall tone and quality.
     
  4. cjvictoria

    cjvictoria New Member

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    well yes thats a good idea but i'm not sure they can be removed.... but i'll check.

    if i'm going to need a solderer to re attach them i may just wrap em up with some plastic during the painting.. any suggestions would be appreciated :D

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    chemical stripping on guitars is not a good idea cuz the shit can penetrate the wood and f it up

    and i think im going to go with a nice stain instead of paint, so i might need it to look its best

    still havent decided on a color yet so.. i duno

    i'll have some more pics in a few days or maybe even tomorrow
     
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  5. AlterEgo

    AlterEgo When one ego isn't enough

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    Of course they can be removed. Pull the two attatching screws out. Presto.
     
  6. cjvictoria

    cjvictoria New Member

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    note the two larger gauge wires, red and black
    1012082301-00.jpg

    red wire also has a smaller white wire that branches out of it
    both of these are soldered to the tone dial
    1012082302-00.jpg

    and here is the big black wire, which is also, you guessed it, soldered onto the tone dial.
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    no screw(s).
     
  7. teggyguy

    teggyguy high density foot.

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    Not so much...
    pickups are actually rather simple and not quite as sensitive as you say:

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  8. UNDR8D

    UNDR8D ...has a job!

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    I understand. They just fail pretty often or begin to sound shitty. Oh and he has hummers. Don't really want to get dust in those.
     
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  9. cjvictoria

    cjvictoria New Member

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    man its been a while since i updated here and still dont really have any update to give ya,i been workin hard and nonstop for the past two months, so.. yeh in a few weeks i'm gonna hit it again
     
  10. MthaFuknGreen

    MthaFuknGreen Green on the scene.

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    i think you should paint it green with a dark red stain on the neck.
     
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