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Thread: LEFTY Smeck stage deluxe build

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    OK been applying finish.....but whats changed?



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    Is the burst lighter in the center, or is that just the way it looks with wet finish?

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    Close enough you win, George!

    After getting maybe 5 coats in, the brown burst just became, I don't know, brown! And wrong. The pre finish brown was interesting but the varnish just mushed it up. After face timing Stacey, he gave me the go ahead to strip it! I could have lived with it but every time I looked at it I'd ask myself "does it look awesome?". That's not how it should be. It's much better when I look at, as I do this one, and say to self "wow I love that!". Soooo, it really only caused a few days set back so seems it was best decision ever!

    Working on neck, fretboard, inlay etc now.


    Sam

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    Man, I am getting excited. Sam has sent some awesome pics of the work. Pretty much know every inch of the guitar through his photos.

    This second run at the finish is perfect.

    Looking forward to seeing for finished!!!

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    great work Sam! Has a vintage vibe for sure.

    How much does it weigh?

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    Thx elastic. Well there’s been about 3 weights now....we’ve had macassar fretboard 1-neck 1, macassar 2-neck 2, Gabon 1-neck 2......hence the Long space between posts, just trying to get to actual new progress! 1st neck I just disliked aesthetically, faulty truss rod broke upon twisting in 2nd (before install).....

    Preliminary weights suggested it’s gonna be around 4 lbs exactly, 4.1-4.2 lbs is my guess. Not bad for a jumbo right?

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    Last edited by Sam Van; 12-21-2017 at 04:19 PM.

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    OK maybe 4.4 lbs plus strings, saddle and bridge pins!

    Stacey and I are getting the vibe of a satin finish here. There's no way to get that factory satin perfect with my setup, so this is about as good as I can do, maybe a bit smoother with the varnish thinned a touch more for final coat. We might go with a more buffed out version but not all the way buffed.

    NOTE that nothings glued on here, pick guard isn't final shaped etc.....

    Untitled by Sam Van, on Flickr

    Untitled by Sam Van, on Flickr

    Untitled by Sam Van, on Flickr
    Last edited by Sam Van; 12-22-2017 at 03:32 PM. Reason: Saddle not bridge

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    It’s alive! And I love it! And I’m keeping it!

    Shocking how comfortable it is for such a “jumbo” guitar....

    Smaller sound hole makes for some tight bass. Sustain on higher fret single notes is best I’ve built and better than the scgc.

    Pics, videos etc coming after final setup and such.

    Sam

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    I'm on my way too Oregon now with my shotgun

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    It’s alive! And I love it! And I’m keeping it!

    Sam

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    Dammit! Texans always gotta influence the outcome with guns!!! Ok fine it’ll ship as planned.

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