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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 03-21-2015 07:15 PM 1358 views 1 time favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started on this about six weeks ago, and posted here for ideas on how to finish it. Many thanks to Charles Neil, Dallas, Tennessee, and everyone else who offered great ideas and suggestions!

I started out buying some blue transtint dye, with intentions of creating a bright blue finish. I mixed up a small test batch with Danish oil and got just what I wanted on a sample board. However, when I tried to mix my full batch, the blue ended up getting diluted too much. I was out of dye, and just wasn’t happy with the washed-out blue I was getting.

Figuring I was going to end up throwing this out and ordering a new bottle of dye anyway, I decided to play around a little with it. I had some black oil-based enamel on the shelf, and stirred some into my dye/Danish oil mixture just to see what would happen. It turned out to be sort of a midnight-blue glaze that I didn’t think looked half-bad, so I decided to ditch my plans for the bright blue guitar and go with the flow. Here is how it looked with just the glaze applied:

I was planning to spray lacquer for the top coat, but the more I thought about it, my lack of indoor spray booth and the rapidly/frequently changing weather here in the Big Easy made me decide to go with wipe-on poly instead. It’s a finish I have experience with, so even though I knew it was going to be time-consuming, I went with it. No regrets. Here is another in-process photo:

Several people suggested I might want to upgrade the electronics. I may do that at some point in the future, but I’m quite happy for now with the way it sounds.

Thanks for looking, and thanks again to those who offered advice along the way!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 03-21-2015 07:18 PM

well 2 times is the charm charlie…this is a really cool guitar…i would love to hear it…maybe you should email me a track of you playing it…. if you have one or do one…i would love to hear it….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 03-21-2015 07:18 PM

Beautifiul Craftsmanship on this gutair, Charlie!!! Congrats!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 03-21-2015 08:23 PM

Nice job Charlie.
I have always wanted to make one of these. Maybe someday.

And, the finish looks great.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 03-21-2015 08:36 PM

That’s awesome Charlie…I would imagine it sounds as good as it looks…!
How do you like the trans tint dyes? I bought 6 bottles of various colors and have mostly just played around with them on scraps.

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#5 posted 03-21-2015 08:45 PM

Excellent! I like the color. Looks like you dodged a major bullet on the finish! I’m not sure I would have been so lucky. I’ve meant to try the TransTint on some samples. My only experiment so far has been to use some bright green fountain pen ink to dye some maple that I used to turn a tool handle. That worked pretty well, and in retrospect, I probably could have diluted it. I used it straight.

-- Lee

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#6 posted 03-21-2015 09:08 PM

That turned out to be outstanding Charlie! Make some recordings on cell phone or other system and let me put them through the computer.

I’d like to hear nice clean sound with a great backup.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#7 posted 03-21-2015 09:45 PM


Greg, I really liked the transtint. Like I said, I ended up diluting it more than I wanted, but that was my bad. Mixing it into Danish oil seemed to work really well, although you can use alcohol or other finishes too.

Lee: They definitely go a long way when you mix them.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 03-21-2015 09:45 PM

Dallas: As soon as I get around to recording something I’ll post it and let you know.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 03-21-2015 10:21 PM

It came out good bud. It looks grayish in the pics but I like it like that. Gotta love Louisiana. One day it’s 40 degrees, the next, it’s summer.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 03-21-2015 10:42 PM

Yeah, when I put the clear coat on it turned from blue-gray to gray-ish black, but I still like the color.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 03-22-2015 02:07 AM

Looks great! How does it play and sound?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#12 posted 03-22-2015 02:07 AM

Okay, I just put up a quick and dirty YouTube to give an idea of how it sounds. On the first song, I just recorded a solo over some music I had recorded earlier. The second part is just playing around with some different sounds.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 03-22-2015 02:28 AM

Very cool project!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#14 posted 03-22-2015 12:26 PM

Charlie, a beautiful job

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#15 posted 03-22-2015 03:09 PM

This is a beautiful musical instrument, Charlie.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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