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JohnnyRaz

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arrived this morning.
bodies an incredibly well matched 3-piece, not full thickness, but not too far off (about 43mm thick). some errant looking drilling, but nothing beyond my capacity to fix.
necks grand too excusing the usual big ugly plastic nut.
hardware is so-so - will keep it to get it set up. Electrics similar. will probably shift them on adverst for a pittance.
This will probably take me a few months to work through, but has potential..worth a punt at the price for the body alone...
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how fine do you intend sanding to?

i'd say its been sanded to 120, but not consistently, so I'll work from 120-400, grain fill sand 220-400, stain and then shellac/french polish (I've actually more or less figured out the 'spiriting out' part of french polishing, which renders it distinct from simply fucking the stuff on)

Plan is to stain with mahogany red dye, and then use 'brown' shellac as top coat. this gives a lovely honey red color on the scrap pieces I've been messing with. we shall see...
 

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will be interested to see how you fare, i've never actually used shellac.
do you hand sand or random orbital it?

I've had good success with using shellac on a guitar neck recently - but as mentioned I've been practicing the technique a bit more recently so it's a little more 'french polishing' and a little less 'slapping it on and sanding back'.
I'd hand sand with a wooden block.
I'm a little worried re the grain - I've had good success with home made grain filler before (basically fine surface filler + black poster paint), but the grain is some nice and deep on this I want to make it a feature.
 

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I've had good success with using shellac on a guitar neck recently - but as mentioned I've been practicing the technique a bit more recently so it's a little more 'french polishing' and a little less 'slapping it on and sanding back'.
I'd hand sand with a wooden block.
I'm a little worried re the grain - I've had good success with home made grain filler before (basically fine surface filler + black poster paint), but the grain is some nice and deep on this I want to make it a feature.
Neck cut and finished
 

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i'd be tempted to soak that in stale tea and then rusty vinegar (note: i have not tried this approach; just rusty vinegar on oak)
Ha - I’d be afraid the filler would wash out.
The fun part starts after I get the rest sanded and can get to making it look better rather than worse
 

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