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    Looks sweet man!
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    It is coming along in a completely amazing and astounding manner!

    Keep it up. This will be up with the most painfully exact replicas ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Dodds View Post
    It is coming along in a completely amazing and astounding manner!

    Keep it up. This will be up with the most painfully exact replicas ever.

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    Whoa that's a lot of pressure, but thanks for the compliment!

    I'm hoping the relicing comes off as good as the tape. I tried to get several details down like the bit of white showing along the neck pocket sliver, but I'm sure I'm going to screw something up when I relic and/or tape for the red. I just hope it isn't something that bugs the crap out of me.

    I'm not normally a perfectionist so this project is testing my patience. I go back and forth on "just good enough" to "that doesn't look right." For example, I "fixed" the two cut stripes below the squiggle by shaving off a 1/8" (if that) from each one. After I did it I looked at the two tiny strips of paper and thought: "really?"

    It's going to be really hard to start beating the crap out of this thing after I just spent all this time taping it, but it will be worth it
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    Okay, so my right hand is killing me. (Insert jokes here).


    I exclusively used this guy to get most of the relicing done on the white. Still have a bit to do. I did mention before we were going to be good friends. That might be incorrect...we are slowly becoming embittered at how much time we are spending with each other.



    Anyway, I spent most of my spare time working on it this weekend and had to go back and forth in order to give my hand some rest. Here's the front:



    You'll notice the upper right horn isn't completely done yet (nor is the side). That's what I have left to do. You may also notice a "feathering" effect on the black lines. I took the knife and scraped along the grain pattern (more or less vertically with the picture) along every single line of the guitar. This knocks down the tape edges and it doubles to create the look of the white seeping into the grain where the black is It also gives a bit of a road worn look to it.

    Here's the back:



    I think the bottom edge might still need some love (well, abuse is probably a better word for it). This is actually when things started getting really difficult. The paint is so embedded into the grain and getting leverage is so difficult that getting back down to bare wood got exceedingly difficult.



    Here's the one side:



    Where I left it on the other side (still have yet to finish it):




    Once I finish the scraping of the paint, I still need to drill the holes in the horn areas (and a few others) before taping for the red. This part of the process is much harder than I thought it would be, but I hope the little details will be worth it in getting the overall effect.
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    Looks good so far!
    All you guys have a lot of patience for the painstaking details. Killer stuff
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    I don't have any pics to update yet, but I finished the white relicing and started taping for the red. I think I have most of the stripes done, now I just have to cut the random shapes at the heel and around the bridge.

    I have no idea what Ed was doing when he taped this up. All of the random stripes and awkward bends around the body contours are a challenge to duplicate because the tape wants to naturally conform in a far different manner.

    The effort I spent on the white taping has paid dividends with the red, though. There's only a few spots that I've noticed where the intersection of lines doesn't line up 100%, but I'll probably be the only one that notices with most of them. For the most part I've been able to subtly bend and reshape lines to get the right look where there's a minor discrepancy.

    Unfortunately I'm going out of town tomorrow night for the weekend so I won't be able to get any work done outside of tonight. I'll try and take some pics and post them before I leave.
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    I think I finally finished the tape for the red. I might have to back and thicken/thin a few stripes or move them slightly, but it's about 99% there.

    Front:



    Since I took this picture I ended up making a few very slight adjustments and also taped up with pickup cavity.

    Back:



    Top:



    Heel:



    Continued below...
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    Bottom edge:



    Top edge:




    So now I'm heading out of town for the weekend and will hopefully be able to start painting next week!
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    Awesome!
    You must be anxious to get the painting finished so you can unveil her...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RRvh1 View Post
    Awesome!
    You must be anxious to get the painting finished so you can unveil her...
    I think I'm more nervous than anything. It's one of those things that once you spray it, you better like it, otherwise you practically have to sand it down and start over. I've got the pictures on my phone so I can look at some reference photos this weekend and compare. If there's something I don't like I can fix it before I spray, so maybe it's a good thing I'm going out of town
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    This looks outstanding so far! I look forward to seeing the finished product!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsbll4 View Post
    I think I'm more nervous than anything. It's one of those things that once you spray it, you better like it, otherwise you practically have to sand it down and start over. I've got the pictures on my phone so I can look at some reference photos this weekend and compare. If there's something I don't like I can fix it before I spray, so maybe it's a good thing I'm going out of town
    Yeah, enjoy your weekend off and come back to the project with a clear head. You've done a great job so far, and all the homework seems to be paying off.

    Good Luck with the finished product next week!
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    Alright, time for the red!


    Here's one last shot before I sprayed:



    And after 3 (or was it 4?) coats of Super Red II:



    Time to peel the tape.



    ...and some more...





    Continued below...
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    I realized I forgot to paint the bottom with a couple of coats, so I had to mask it off and do a quick retouch:



    Fully peeled front:



    Fully peeled back:




    I only had a couple slight bleeds, but nothing a razor blade can't fix. Now I have to start drilling holes, scraping, and dirtying this thing up!

    I probably won't be able to get to it much tonight, but things are definitely progressing!
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    Awesome job! You must be impressed so far.
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