Note from GuitarAttack:  This is a great story and there are lots more photos at the Picasa link below.

Scott Crittenden <>

Okay, this is freaky. Since I began my own Les Paul-style Saga kit back in the winter, two different blue Saga LC-10s have shown up on Guitar Attack - so hopefully we won't put anyone to sleep with this one! I used Guitar ReRanch's Lake Placid Blue Metallic (along with white primer, black, and clear coat) for mine, BTW.

I ordered the kit from Instrument Alley at a reasonable price, got it quickly and started to work.

The pictures mostly tell the story:

By far the most work involved in this project was the painting. After I built a stand-up frame to hang the wood parts, I masked off the body binding - a tedious process that took a couple hours. If I'd known I was going to be masking it again (twice!) I'd probably have given up then and there. :)

I applied two coats of primer and then moved on to the color coats - blue on the top and neck, black on the back and headstock - about six of each color. Then I followed that with eight coats of clear lacquer. Unfortunately, I didn't sand well enough between coats. I started out this project with a real phobia about sanding - I figured I would sand too aggressively and have to repaint, and who wants that? Well, I've learned that lesson now! - I've got a little orange peel on a few spots around the guitar. Fortunately it's not too noticeable. (It did inadvertently produce a weird, not-altogether-unpleasant metal-flake effect on the black rear surface of the body, under hard buffing. :)

By the time I had applied the last coat of lacquer, I was convinced that I really needed to follow the ReRanch sanding directions to the letter - and so I commenced the wet sanding. Here's where I learned the next lesson: when the directions say "wet" sand, don't get carried away with the water, already! After wet sanding with 400-, 600-, 800-,1000-, 1200-, 1500-, and 2000-grit paper in quick succession, using sopping-wet paper, the delicate laminate on the guitar top got soaked, and swelled into a crack between two of the large mounting holes. Next time I won't slop so much water, and I'll dry the guitar between

After the body spent the night in the shop trash can, I dug it out again and decided to try a repair. I sanded the crack all the way down through the laminate, and rebuilt the area with synthetic wood compound. I followed that with a bit of careful sanding, some primer on the repaired area, and then some more new coats of Lake Placid Blue on the whole guitar top - after another complete re-masking (ouch). (I had pretty much sanded down through the lacquer coats by then, so I just applied the new blue over the whole thing.)

After that, the finishing was pretty uneventful. I buffed out the clear coats, wired up the rig and applied the shiny bits. I stayed with all the stock hardware supplied by Saga. The sound is pretty good, though it's got a bit more hum than I expected. If I start to play the guitar a lot, I might trade up to some nicer parts, and shield all the cavities. But for now, I'm getting ready to start my next Saga kit (also from Instrument Alley) - a Stratocaster.

I always wanted a nice surf-green Strat. :)

Thanks, Scott -- Great looking guitar!

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