Franken7 project

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  1. Iron1

    Iron1 Old School Blacksmith

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    I picked up a Jackson JS22-7 for dirt cheap so I could mod it/screw around with finish techniques and overall just have something to scratch the itch when I wanted to make a change, instead of screwing with my main guitars.

    It's the one on the far right:
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    Since two of my favorite guitar finishes are teh transparent white KM-7 and the black & white EVH Frankenstrat, I thought maybe I could marry the two designs somehow.

    Took it apart and figured I'd tape it off first just to get an idea of what it might turn into.
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    Since I figured this looked okay, I started down a rabbit hole and sanded it out a bit.

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    Then I found some white paint with a grey undertone to it and used the dry-brush technique I posted about on here a while back.

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    After that I found some clear coat to apply



    I'd originally intended to pull the pickups, block in the neck hole and finish over it, but I was so far down the rabbit hole with the dry brush/stripe thing I decided to just leave it stock until I get my hands on an upgraded bridge pickup.

    Now I'm working on the back of the neck. Found a black stain and want to black the neck out, but allow the wood grain to still show thru. At first attempt, I got less than desired results, so I'm going to need to sand on it a bit and try again.

    I'll post more pix as the project progresses.
     
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    ExplorerMike 60% of the time...it works every time.

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    Pretty cool man! I’ve got a JS22-7 also and have been thinking about doing something like this to it and another LTD I have. Keep us updated with progress!
     
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    Iron1 Old School Blacksmith

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    Thanks!

    Here's the body reassembled.

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    MerlinTKD EIght.Fold.Path / Hinge Theory Contributor

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    That's pretty awesome looking :D
     
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    JamesGrote SS.org Regular

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    Looks amazing! Love the metallic effect of the brushed white.
     
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  6. Iron1

    Iron1 Old School Blacksmith

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    Thanks! Very pleasantly surprised with it.

    Yes! I wasn't expecting that, but it definitely has a hit of blueish/steelish to it that I'm loving.

    Now to finish the neck...
     
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    Iron1 Old School Blacksmith

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    Haven't had as much luck with the neck so far. Was going for a much darker blackish tone, but after 3 coats of stain this is where I was:

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    And the fourth coat:

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    Getting there... but don't think I'll be able to achieve the full charcoal effect I was picturing in my head when I started. But, at least it's getting closer... not sure how much patience I have for continuing to stain it before I call it done.
     
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    Iron1 Old School Blacksmith

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    Two more coats and the neck landed on the basic color I was after, with a hint more brown than I wanted, but oh well. It also got a little trash in the finish up near the first few frets, so I'm trying to carefully get that out without having to resand. Overall, for my first time doing this, I'm pretty happy with it. Didn't turn out perfect, but it was fun and I learned a lot. Not sure I'd do the neck, if I had it to do over. But, it looks cool - hopefully with some careful polishing I can get the few tiny spots of grit out of the finish.

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    Iron1 Old School Blacksmith

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    Final bookend shot:

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  10. ExplorerMike

    ExplorerMike 60% of the time...it works every time.

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    Pretty awesome man! I’m digging the neck color too, I think it came out great.
     
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    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    I think that has almost a flamed maple effect to it. I bet it would turn out pretty cool to tape the center line and run the white to it, let it dry, and repeat on the other side. It could give it a cool bookmatched effect. Really cool idea.
     
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    Iron1 Old School Blacksmith

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    Thanks - the neck color is stunning in person. I didn't do the greatest job getting it on though. :lol:

    Thanks! Not sure what you mean about the center line, though, but like where I *think* you're going with the idea.


    Edited to add: Found a neat trick to get the trash out of the neck finish - "sand" it with a piece of crumpled up brown paper bag. Read that trick on a furniture wood-working site and figured I had nothing to lose. Worked like a charm.
     
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    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    I mean masking to the center, so that once both sides are pained, your brush strokes would look like a bookmatched flamed maple top. If you started painting the left side first you’d mask so the edge of the tape lined up with the center, and the width of the tape would be on the right side. Once dried, you’d move the width of the tape to the left side, with the edge lining up perfectly to the center again to brush the right side.
     
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    Iron1 Old School Blacksmith

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    Ok, so something like this:
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    or this:

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    ?
     
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    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    That would work too. I’m taking about using the masking tape only to stop the brush strokes at the center line so you could end up with an effect similar to a real bookmatched flamed maple top. It would end up looking closer to these:
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    Iron1 Old School Blacksmith

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    Awww, man, now I have to buy more guitars to experiment with... sigh... :lol:
     
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    sPliNtEr_777 SS.org Regular

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    Looks really good!
     
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