|Hi my name is
Eddie and I just finished my first Saga guitar. It’s a LP style, and I have
to say up front that when I decided to build a kit guitar I was excited.
But after receiving the kit I was very disappointed. It had stains in
the wood that would not come out. I was hoping to just clear coat it
and go on but no because it was so bad I had no choice but to paint it.
First, I put the guitar together. That is how I found out one of the tuning keys was smashed and unusable. I emailed the people I bought this from on EBay. He told me he would send one out to me, but that was almost a month ago and still no tuning key. So I had no choice but to buy a new set off E-Bay for around 30 dollars. I had them in my hands in two days! WOW that was fast shipping.
I also found the pickups had dings in them and after preassembly I found they didn’t sound all that good. So, I bought a nice set of LP custom pickups off E-Bay for around 33 dollars. They really sound good! So after I put the whole thing together I found I had to adjust the neck (truss rod) and I had to end up shimming the neck a little to get the strings to stop buzzing without have to raise the action to high. So after I played on it for about two weeks and made some other changes, I took it all apart and began to refinish it.
Note from GuitarAttack. This is a pretty good technique -- play the guitar for a week or two before you apply the final finish. Any problems that are lurking will shake out before you buff it out!
Now, some more fun. I wanted the natural look for this guitar but like I said I had to end up painting it because of stains in the wood. I tried some of the things that I found on Guitar Attack to bleach the wood but nothing would work. I went to Home Depot and found a few colors I liked a lot. I came home with two colors and wound up using Rustoleum Painters Touch Ivory Silk. It’s a color close to the natural color of the guitar. At first I was unsure of the Rustoleum paint because I have not seen anyone using it on a guitar before. It came out great!
It did take me two weeks of work to get it were I
liked it. Here is something I found that worked for me on the bindings. I
know some prefer to paint and scrape but I did the tape thing on mine. First
I cut ¼ inch strips (I couldn’t find any ¼ inch tape) and I took my time and
went around the bindings. After painting it I pulled the tape (hint pull
tape before the paint dries all the way -- it comes off cleaner) but after I
took off the tape some of the edges weren’t sharp enough. So now what do I
do… Take a cheap razor knife (you know the ones with the break off tips) and
slide the tip of the razor out just so it sticks out a little, equal to the
thickness of the binding. It was the perfect tool for scrapping the
I have about $400 in the guitar not counting time but I did enjoy building a lot. I hope to be able to buy a high end guitar kit some day but that will be down the road a while. Thanks for taking the time to look at my Saga. If you would like you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The guitar is called Eagle Blues!
Great job, Eddie -- a great paint job!