SG Style Guitar

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My son and I used a guitar kit to build an SG Gibson style guitar. The kit was nice. It came with a piece of mahogany already routered out for the wires and such. The neck came shaped and had the fretboard already glued in place. So, we had to drill out for the bridge, etc. And then finish it.

We learned a lot on this project, as the type of paint you need for a guitar like this is lacquer based paint. It wasn’t easy to find around here. We found some, and then spent a lot of time sanding and buffing. Also got to learn how to use (and justify the purchase of) an HVLP sprayer.

We never did get it to the shine we wanted, but in the end, he likes it and it plays well. He says it has more of a worn look to it, and he likes it that way.

So, he’s happy, I learned a lot on finishing on this one, and we got to spend time together. A perfect project. I would like to make another one, though… as I know I could do a better finish on the next one!

-- Paul, Iowa

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-28-2012 01:03 AM

Always great to have a father – son project. Looks great, wish I could play it!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-28-2012 01:37 AM

This is a great way to get oneself into instrument building, and it looks like you nailed it first time. Having built many guitars, getting the finish right is the biggest challenge. The most important phase is the polish phase, going up through 2000 wet/dry paper and then to polish (either liquid or rotten-stone), is the only way to get a mirror finish. Lots of guitar makers are selling models with a “vintage” or distressed look – I think you are right there with the current trend in axe building – play on!

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#3 posted 11-28-2012 07:27 PM

Careful… you just may get hooked. It’s like potato chips; you can’t make just one.

I’ll echo what rdwile said… The woodworking part of making them is the fun, and somewhat easy part. Putting the finish on is the hard part. You could write a thesis on how to do it. Basically, flatten (sand) every coat you apply from the sealer to the primer to the color. Once you begin the clear coats you really only need to worry about sanding and polishing at the end unless you get lots of orange peel. Start at 600 grit and work your way to 2000. You actually begin polishing at around 1500. Finish it off with a little elbow grease and a good liquid polish (3m Finess-it).

You should both be proud. Can’t wait to see the next one you build. Trust me, I know… There will be more. :-)

-- Paul Lyons

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#4 posted 11-28-2012 07:54 PM

sweet build. as mentioned before, putting that shine-finish on those pieces is harder work then building them, and after all – you can build anything perfect first time around. you have to leave something to improve upon for next time ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 12-01-2012 07:35 PM

Eric Clapton…watch out! Your son will have a memory and a story about the build. Good job.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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