This is some of the best looking wood I have ever seen.It’s chestnut from an old garden tree here in Denmark. It was so brittle when I started, that it had to be infused and stabilized with Resin, for it to be usable. My job was to produce a tele body with backside electronic cavitie. Now the rest is up to the owner of the chestnut tree.
Just finished a refin/relic job on this, former, shiny white Mex Strat.The refin is done in ice blue nitrocellulose with a clearcoat of vintage amber nitrocellulose.Cured under blacklight to achieve the greenish look, that 40 years of playing, will do to that color. The crackling of the paint is done by rapid downcooling using compressed air.Back of neck is stripped of lacker, color stained and given a few layers of tru-oil.
Sanding out the curves on this S-style body
Tonight, I work as a Paint – “Stripper”Relieving this 62 RI strat for it’s thick plastic finish, so it can breathe again.Next up, is a new nitro paint job.
Cutting out the bodies for a swamp ash Stratocaster and a black limba Telecaster.
Finally finished.Only some minor details and a polish left to do 🙂
A few more pics of the semi-hollow and neck.Now with no masking tape.
Cutting out a tele body from some mind-blowing wood.Very brittle, but I have infused it with resin for stability.Seems to work 🙂
Current progress on the semi-hollow; Got the neck fretted, tuners fitted and fixed it to the body. I handcrafted a volume and tone control from the excess neck wood. The top is still not glued on. It’s held together by double sided tape. Beside that, I still have an installation of Bridge and stopbar/trem to do.Then a lot of fine sanding and details like fret markers and final clear coat before I can wrap this build up
Weight as it is now = 2.9 kg/6.4 lbs