Back to Square One

After contacting the manufacturer of the John Deere Blitz Black paint, I found out the issue in regards to the paint finish coming out glossy. Apparently, this paint does not like numerous coats. The more coats you build up, the glossier it gets. Therefore, I need to sand my finish back down and start back from …

Neck Decal

Today I started off by applying the Sable decal to the Truss Rod Cover Plate. I first sanded the polyurethane finish I sprayed on the cover yesterday lightly to get a smooth surface and then trimmed and applied the decal. Once that was done, I went to pick up another can of the Blitz Black paint. I …

Neck Decal

After letting the last coats of paint on the neck cure for about a week, I decided it was time to put the decals I had made on it. Since this is my second custom guitar, I came up with a logo to dub the guitar, Custom 2. A while back when planning this guitar, I …

Final Color Finish

After a long break from working on Sable, I was finally able to find some time to get back to it. During the break, the primer had ample time to setup. Before I started to spray the final coats on, I lightly sanded the primer so to have a smooth under-coat for the color finish. …

FCB1010 Phantom Power Mod

I found a phantom-power mod on the Yahoo FCB1010 User Group that allowed the FCB1010 to be powered through the MIDI cable so you did not need the power cable supplied with the FCB1010. I went with option of installing a switch that allowed me to still use the supplied power cable if I so desired. You …

Paint Preparation Continued

I read up on sanding sealers and decided to go by my local Rockler to pick up some sanding sealer.  I found a product I think I’ll be happy with.  I then proceeded to put 3 coats of sanding sealer on the body with a foam brush.  This sealer went on very thick and should do …

Paint Preparation Continued

After leaving the neck and body to set overnight, I checked to see how the primer setup. To my surprise, the grain was showing slightly through the primer on the back of the guitar body. Not too noticeable, but I want the finish on this guitar to be top notch and not look like I …

Paint Preparation

I started preparing the body for paint by first creating a layout for the various controls that I need on the body (1 volume, 1 Fishman Powerchip, 2 push/pull tones, 3-way switch, and ON-OFF-ON switch). I scanned in an outline of the body and control cavity and used AutoCAD to layout my controls. Once the …