My First Guitar (from a kit)

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Project by Michael posted 06-05-2013 04:22 PM 1164 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a kit from Grizzly.
Mostly finish work and assembly.
I did the body with bark blue and turquoise dyes. Finished with a polyacrylic.
The neck is just polyacrylic.
Then I hand rubbed it with micromesh up to 12000 grit and polished with a rubbing compound then a polishing compound.
Learned a little about finishing. Found out I need to learn more about finishing.

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#1 posted 06-06-2013 03:26 AM

Looks good, how does she sound????
I have looked at these kits, my son wants to make a base

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#2 posted 06-06-2013 10:58 AM

I’m having a grounding issue with it. I’m not saying that the kit is responsible. I’m a lousy electrician. I’ve spoken with a local guitar place. they are going t look at it and let me know what I need to do.
other than that, it hasn’t really been played yet.

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#3 posted 06-07-2013 02:31 AM

I have thought about getting one of these (the Les Paul style not the Stratocaster). I fact, I’m heading to Williamsport, PA tomorrow to see my sister. Will be real hard to leave without one. (Grizzly is in Muncy about 10 miles from Williamsport.) I’ll be interested to see how the electric’s turn out. You can have fun playing it without the amp hooked up. :)
BTW…..FYI….. no one is EVER satisfied with their ability to apply a nice finish! lol

-- "Let he who does not work in wood, find something else that's half as good." (can't remember who I'm quoting)

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#4 posted 06-07-2013 12:13 PM

DanW, my daughter has played it a little without her amp. It does sound nice to me.
Her guitar instructor complimented me on the finish. He said it feels like a store-bought finish.
It has its issues though. I have to learn how to be more gentle in certain areas when sanding. I sanded through the finish and color multiple times on the horns. they still aren’t right.
In a couple places the finish is ‘cloudy.’ No one notices it but me. I guess you have to be looking for it.

If you get a chance check out Grizzly’s kits. I though this one was well made. Minor tooling on my part, very little initial sanding needed. I did think the directions on certain parts could be better, but overall I was really happy with the kit.

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#5 posted 06-10-2013 01:39 PM

Cool guitar, like the blue color and the shiny finish. It sure is a great project to be proud of. Well done!

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