As promised, although a little late, here is the second and hopefully final part of my Les Paul headstock/neck repair.
I would have done this yesterday but an unfortunate occurrence happened…... My boss wanted me to work.
Anyway, I got a coat of clear lacquer on over the top of the black lacquer and it went on much more smoothly.
After letting the clear coat dry overnight it still had a faint orange peel to it so I got out some 1200 grit 3M wet-dry sand paper and skimmed it off a little bit. I ran out of 2000 grit paper and it was too late to go anywhere and get any so I grabbed a medium heavy paper grocery bag and used it.
This worked moderately well, but still left a rather satiny finish.
Next I got another piece of the paper bag and wet it down with isopropyl alcohol then set to rubbing the lacquer down again.
This time it came out much nicer and smoother and shinier.
Next up was a coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax. Now it’s nice and slick!
Now we have to get the strings on it. I chose to use the strings I had removed from it as they were nearly new and I didn’t want to waste another set if it broke.
The strings I have been using lately are Fender 150JL’s .012-.050” these give both the Strat and the Les Paul a smoother more mellow tone in my opinion.
All that was left to do was tune it and test it.
I have about a half dozed tuners of different makes and brands, but the one I have been using most lately is an app for my Android phone called Audio Tuner
This little app actually shows you what frequency you are tuning at and you can choose from a number of tuning styles.
And finally the test:
Forgive me for the really crappy playing. I couldn’t find a pick and my blood pressure had fallen to a really low level because of some of the meds I take.
Les Paul Neck/Headstock Repair Test 1
So there you have it.
A small piece of black cherry for the splint
Gorilla Wood Glue
RIT black powdered dye
Denatured Alcohol for mixing the dye
Isopropyl alcohol for cleaning and rubbing
Harbor Freight medium Super Glue Gel
Baking Soda to cure the super glue
Deft clear lacquer as a sealer
Deft Gloss Black Lacquer
Deft Gloss Clear Lacquer as a final coat.
120, 150 and 220 sand paper
320, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1200 wet/dry sand paper (3M brand)
0000 steel wool
Brown paper grocery sack.
All in all I would say this looks much better than my original repair and I am much more pleased with it.
It is a skill building process, especially in finishing and sanding and fitting.
All of these skills I need to practice more.
If I can get a shiny shiny shiny finish on a guitar neck, nearly as good as the original, then I’m sure anyone can!
This guitar should sell for around $200 – $250 especially if I include a small practice amp.
-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!