Franken7 project

Discussion in 'Sevenstring Guitars' started by Iron1, Jun 13, 2019 at 6:39 AM.

  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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  2. ExplorerMike

    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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  3. Iron1

    Iron1 Old School Blacksmith

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    Thanks!

    Here's the body reassembled.

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  4. MerlinTKD

    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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    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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