It’s time for more blurry pictures! If I realized I was going to be spending this much time on this guitar modification project, I would have purchased a proper digital camera to take pictures, rather than use my Droid. Oh well, I made my bed, so now I’ll have to sleep in it. A few days ago, I finally was able to begin painting the guitar body. Now, I feel like I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Firstly, I have to refer anyone reading this who has even the slightest interest in custom finishing a guitar to this forum. This is a thread on a Telecaster Forum by a guy who goes by the handle of Buckocaster51. When it comes to posting step by step tutorials on how to custom finish guitars in a variety of ways, including adding rich sparkle finishes, this is most definitely the place to go. I plan on following his instructions very closely.
The first thing I did was to head over to Sherwin Williams to purchase paint and lacquer.
- I didn’t bother to sand the body to a smooth finish, or fill in any dings or scratches because the glitter, and subsequent coats of lacquer will provide a smooth finish. You won’t see much, if any, of the base guitar body.
- I stole the idea of using a “paint stick” from Buckocaster. The neck pocket has five holes, pre drilled. Four to mount the neck (and neck plate), and one larger hole which was most likely used to hang the body during finishing at the factory. This hole is covered by the neck plate, and neck, so it doesn’t matter if this gets beat up a little. I cut a small piece of wood to fit the neck pocket, and loosely attached it to the body, through the finishing hole. This “paint stick” not only allows me to easily hang the body while the paint / lacquer dries, but gives me a convenient handle so as not to get very much paint on myself during this step.