First build: Gibson/ESP hybrid Explorer

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  1. failsafe

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    I just put the last coat of clear on about an hour ago. I'm pretty happy with how it's turned out so far. It should polish up pretty nicely.

    I thinned out the Behlens 1:1 for the last coat. For the build coats, I used a mix of 2:1, based on some recommendations I found while researching. These ratios seem to work will with my spray setup. I don't really see any reason to change it up for the next build, which of course, I've been planning for weeks now.:D

    Now she just needs to sit and dry for 30 days, and then I get to experience the joys of cutting and polishing!

    note: I use spray booth filters in front of the fans, they were just removed at this point since I was done spraying. I try to be somewhat of a conscientious neighbor. IMG-0422.JPG
     
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    Nice. The waiting is the worst part! But, that gives you time to work on the next one. :D
     
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    FTFY :D
     
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    Small update while waiting to polish the clear. Made a cavity cover.
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    Another week of waiting to buff out the clear coat and assemble. I had some free time today, so I went ahead and shielded the control cavity. I picked up a roll of .003" copper from Hobby Lobby and glued it with 3M spray glue. Continuity test was good without needing to solder any of the pieces together!
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    Done! My wife shot some quick picks me trying it out for the first time. All I can say is that it turned out much better than I expected it to when I started. It's such a satisfying feeling to finally play a guitar that you built out of rough planks of wood!
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    Really great shots by your lady!

    The guitar is ok too :p
     
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    Mint! Kudos on the paint work, every time I try spraying nitro it’s a complete failure.
     
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    Thank you!

    @J_Mac how are you spraying nitro? Gun or rattle can? What’s the issue?
     
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    Rattle can. I just struggle to get an even coat. Blobs and spatter :(
     
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    I used ReRanch cans for the sealer, primer, and color coats. I got a few splatters with the primer but I think it was because I had forgotten to put my spray can trigger thing, and my gloves finger got in the way of the nozzle.

    The clear coats were shot with my spray new gun setup. I’ve never used one before but did plenty of research and got the gun dialed in in no time.
     
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    Beyond impressed, dude. Wow.
     
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    Looks impressive for a first build, great pics and really inspiring to start an own build
     
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    I'm with J_Mac on this, that finish looks immaculate. Great job, man!
     
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    I love the finish on the headstock, just the front. Very classy.
     
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    So what part of the guitar is Gibson-like and the other is ESP-like?
     
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    Body- 58 Gibson
    Headstock- ESP MX 220

    Although, I’m the end, it is probably just an MX copy which was a Gibson copy to begin with :lol:
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    I've been experimenting with the rattle can fan tips stew Mac sells for a couple bucks. So far they show some promise. A little leaky though, so make sure you spray horizontally.

    Also this guitar is beautiful.
     

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