First build: Gibson/ESP hybrid Explorer

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  1. Edika

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    This looks great! I hope it ends up playing as good as it looks. I know you are going for a Hetfield but that body would have looked great natural.
     
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    I don't know what "vanilla gorilla" is -- sounds vaguely racist -- but it looks great. Keep up the great work.
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    Haha! Everything is racist these days.

    But it is the color of the ReRanch nitro I used.
     
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    It doesn't sound racist, it sounds like the title of a hilarious 70s porno :lol:
     
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    I was joking. It was meant to mock the overly sensitive thinking everything is racist.
     
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    I have decided to redo the paint on the neck where it meets up with the fretboard. The masking tape I originally used let some of the color seep up onto the board, and didn’t leave a crisp line. Also, there was a pretty thick and noticeable ridge where there as well, which was not very pleasant to feel. It has been bothering me for a while, and I knew that t would bug me forever if I didn’t at least try to fix it.
    I sanded down the transition and masked it off for new paint. I’m hoping that I can blend it into the existing color already on the neck. Here’s a couple of photos of before. IMG_0344.jpg IMG_0346.jpg
     
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    After 2 coats.
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    Words cannot express how badly I want this thing.

    Nice work.
     
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    I made a little progress since I last posted. I shot another 3 coats of nitro last Saturday, bringing it up to 6 coats so far. I've been level sanding the high spots after every 3rd coat. I just finished the latest sanding.
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    Every time I open this thread and see new pics, Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together' starts playing in my head.
     
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    jesus christ. What an incredibly neat 1st build. Even the bleed on the neck/fretboard that happened is barely an issue compared to how sloppy alot of peoples 1st builds would be.

    Looks epic. Congrats man. Look forward to seeing more.
     
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    Thanks! I redid the mahogany/fretboard line and while it is certainly an improvement, I will use vinyl pinstripe tape on the next one to get it really crisp.
     
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    I’m so confused haha!:oolong:
     
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    Awesome job, dude! Keep it up! I love this.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    There isn't much going on around the house today. Daughter is at a birthday party, son is napping, wife is at the hobby store. Explorer is hanging in the guest bathroom, drying. I have 9 coats on a this point. I plan on level sanding and spraying the last coat or two of thinned out lacquer tomorrow.
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