NGD- Custom made (by me) sapele Explorer

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  1. failsafe

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    She’s all finished! Here are some hastily taken pics. Please excuse the lack of contrast between the guitar and the wood floor [​IMG]

    Specs-
    Sapele body and neck
    Macascar Ebony fretboard
    EMG Het Set
    Bone nut
    Schaller locking tuners
    Gotoh bridge / tailpiece
    Nitrocellulose lacquer finish


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    And here’s a shot with my first build.

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    The saplele guitar is obviously the heavier of the two, at 10.9 lb. As far as sound, the sapele guitar has a great midrange and high end, with a bit less bass than her all-mahogany sister. Definitely a joy to play through my cranked Boogie JPC2.
     
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    Spicypickles Sweeps & Mops

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    Very nice. i learned how to play guitar on explorers, and always wanted an MX-250 so this tickles me fancy.
     
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    I’ve always wanted an MX, but didn’t want to pay the crazy prices for one, so I learned to make one myself.
     
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    A great looking, smooth clear finish!
     
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    wow really nice job!
    really dig the figuring.
     
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    gorgeous!!
     
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  8. Charlie Foxtrot 3rd

    Charlie Foxtrot 3rd Seven strings, Zero skill

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    Nice one.
     
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    How did you do the finish? Do you have a spray booth?
     
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    mlp187 Burrito Master Contributor

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    Holy geez, good for you!!! That is gorgeous!!! Currently my favorite explorer!!!
     
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  11. failsafe

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    I use a makeshift “booth” out of plastic sheeting and a box fan setup that I place in front of the garage door. As long as I sweep a little while before spraying, and mist the air with a spray bottle right before, I don’t have a problem with trash getting in the lacquer.
    Here are pics from my first build, showing the booth.
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  12. failsafe

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    Thanks! I really appreciate that!
     
  13. Hollowway

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    Your builds are amazing. But your DIY spray booth is amazinger! :lol: You should seriously do a DIY spray booth thread for the rest of us. I'd love to do that, and even stuff like misting the air is a neat idea.
     
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    Haha, there really isn’t anything to my “booth”. Just a frame for two $20 box fans to fit in a doorway, and hang some plastic from the ceiling.

    To be honest though, on this build I didn’t even use the plastic. I just kept the area clean and sucked out the overspray and fumes with the box fan setup. I know that you aren’t supposed to use regular fans, due to the explosive nature of nitro lacquer, but I feel that there is nowhere near the concentration of fumes required to cause an explosion. The fans simply move the fumes out too quickly for there to be a combustible cloud of fumes. **Kids don’t try this at home**
     
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    As a fan of the Explorer shape this is beyond awesome! I love ebony fretboards but are difficult to find on Explorers that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg.
     
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    Wow, I really like that. Very classy. The inlay on the headstock is a nice touch too. Very nice!
     
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    That looks good. Enjoy it!
     
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    Thanks, it’s a metallic foil decal that I made on my wife’s Cricut! Maybe in the next one I will try a real inlay.
     
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    Thank you! I have been enjoying it very much so far.
     
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    Musiscience Hail the Ibbyborn!

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    The guitar is cool, but you really had me at JP2C.
     

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