I never thought I would hear myself say this, but ‘glitter is expensive!’

My goal for the look of this guitar is to finish it in a way that befits the big, illuminated, KAOSS Pad near the tail.  After researching a wide variety of ways in which you can finish a guitar, I decided to do a black sparkle on black paint, heavily lacquered look.  I purchased black chrome hardware to replace the original ‘standard’ chrome pieces.  Also, I plan to offset the color of the body and hardware with a white pickguard, similar to Eric Clapton’s  “Blackie” guitar.

The main reason for this post (again, out of order), is due to the fact that I’ve been trying to order everything that I need so that I have it for when I am ready.  I hate waiting on mail order delivery, especially when I find I have an hour of free time here and there to work on the project.

I’ve been reading a GREAT form post by a custom guitar builder, who gives some step by step instructions on finishing a guitar with a great sparkle finish, and so I’m going to use his method.  After researching sparkle paint online, I found this retailer that sells just about every color imaginable.  The only downside is the cost.  $24 for 4 ounces of black aluminum flake sparkle!  I guess the old adage holds true in that that ‘you get what you pay for, and you have to pay for quality…’  I settled on the jet black aluminum flake, 0.008 Hex Size, 4 ounces total.

It’s difficult to get a true sense of the color of the metal flake, but you get the idea…

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