From GuitarAttack -- Very cool burst, Ryan. That is a great color!
Hi, my name is Ryan Cuda and I am a regular on the
But once I got it, I assembled it and was pleasantly surprised that everything went together without a hitch. There were no dead frets or any other nasty surprises. Then after playing for a few weeks I began disassembling and stripping the body and neck. This was an especially tedious job. I tried using stripper, a heat gun, and an abrasive flap wheel and nothing--NOTHING would make the sealer budge. So I resorted to hand sanding.
On a side note, as a result of the heat gun, the mahogany veneer bubbled up from the body so instead of trying to reattach it I removed it, revealing some fairly interesting grain on the back. It's even got a bit of spalt. Not bad for cheap basswood. After several days of sore arms and hands, I finally had removed all of the nasty sealer from the guitar. A quick trip to home depot to get some supplies and I started finishing the guitar. I taped off the binding with 3M blue painters tape and started staining the guitar. My original intent was to make the guitar cherry red, but I decided to go with something a bit more original. I went with Minwax burgundy, which is actually more purple than anything. I applied probably 40 coats of stain to the face of the guitar. The sealer apparently had seeped into the veneer pretty thoroughly so it would not readily take the water based stain. Then after reaching the desired color penetration, I began to make a "faux burst" by blending it with #0000 steel wool. All in all I'm very pleased with the way it turned out, but the burst could have been a little smoother. Next time I build one of these I'll do a real burst with dyes instead of stain.
The neck was much easier to work with than the body. It took about five
coats of stain to reach the desired color. I used the same "faux burst"
technique on the neck to hide the joint where the headstock meets the neck.
The face I painted with duplicolor black, about seven coats I think. Then I
applied the decal. I made the decal by printing it out on a laser jet
printer on a transparency sheet. Then I stippled in the letter on the back
with a Krylon gold leafing pen. I sealed the gold on with modpodge to
prevent the from dissolving. Then once it had dried, i attached it to the
headstock with Duro Spray adhesive. After that, I proceeded with clear
coating. I put about 16 coats of clear on the neck and body, but
considerably more on the face of the headstock, anticipating the extra
sanding I would need to do to level it out. The decal kind of embossed
itself in the clear coat.