just finished this yesterday.

sounds really nice.beechwood neck with black walnut fret board with frets.

bone what ever you call it? I've used a fancy hinge to hold the strings.piezo pickup etc.

the skull is my trade mark if you like.

the surface of the main body is very shiny almost like the real thing.

it had about 4 heavy coats of lacquer ,rubbed down with wet/dry and finished with rubbing compound and polish.

very pleased with the results 

the 1st picture show how I start the main body,cut out of a sold piece of wood etc.

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I'm based in the UK so what we used will differ from the USA.

just use a quality brand don't buy cheap.

I have one and it's absolutely rubbish.

the shine looks better in the flesh than it does in the picture.

I couldn't be bothered going through all the rigmarole wet sanding etc.

so I thought I'll try rubbing compound.

I've used it on cars where it need a touch up spray to rub out out over spray edges and to blend in with rest of the paint. 

as for decreased traffic the forums,there's at least 10 to 15 at any given time when I'm on so.....

facebook I used to be a member but came off after to much personal info etc was posted.

going back a few years now so it might have changed.

I live in the UK - is T cut an okay brand for doing this John?

In previous years the numbers were higher than this (if I recall correctly). Of the 10 to 15 people logged on some will be logged on but not active all the time. Of the active ones they will be scattered through the chat, groups, blogs, photos and videos. Some may also be having a look around but are not yet confident enough to post. The site has members from around the world so it can take a day before they are up and awake to comment. This site has grown so big (which makes it such a great resource). The size means at times even though a large number are logged on it is easy to be the only person using a particular part of the site. Lots of reasons why the replies can be slow in coming.

don't use T cut to abrasive, r/compound is better



don't use halfrauds bl**dy orrible.very powdery when dry.

what I did on my git was spray a little water with washing up liquid and a damp cloth with rub/compound.

keep doing this till you get the desired finnish.

Thanks for the info - much appreciated.

Hi John,

The rubbing compound worked really well. I also found some guitar wax polish specifically for guitars (high grade carnauba content) http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gerlitz-No1-Carnauba-Guitar-Wax-polish-/1...

Initially I thought the tin size looked small for the price and a quarter of the tin is an applicator sponge.  On using it you need so little to get a good result that I think the tin will outlive me.

This was on a Telecaster kit where you have to add your own finish to the bare wood.  I tried dying the wood and then truoil but it still looked a bit washed out and bland.  So I gave it four coats of exterior oak varnish, gentle rub down with very fine grade wet and dry between coats and for the final finish used the rubbing compound suggested by John. Then the above wax.

So thank you for your finishing tips.

David L.

thats ok thats what we are here for I fink lol.

now get it assemble and let see the final results.

Don't take it so personal my friend build for the joy and post what you are proud of and if you get some comments that's great. I have posted pictures of things I am so proud of and not got 1 single look or comment and it used to piss me off but then my wife said something that set me right and that was " honey you need to lighten up its just a hobby and people on there are spending more of there time building or playing then posting is that not the point. I know I troll the pictures myself and see something I like and run to my shop way before I post a comment about it inspired me. I want to finish with this THAT GUITAR LOOKS Amazing KEEP IT UP. Ps love the skull

Looks awesome John.  I only visit here once a week or whatever due to time constraints etc so I miss a lot of stuff people build now unfortunately.

thanks for the relies.

I suppose we're all kids at heart and like to be praise for what we've done or made.

it doesn't take a great deal of effort just say that looks nice john well done.

I don't expect a book to be written

when others post pictures I always try to comment even if its not to my liking.

what I won't do is to knock the other guy or lass down because I don't like it.

no matter how old we are it is always nice when some one give you a nice comment.

anyway you guys take care and thanks.

That guitar is beautiful, John. The finish is unreal- I think I would like to try finishing like that. I've been doing oil finishes, lots and lots of sanding, looks good in it's own right, but doesn't protect things all that well


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