Blue oval guitar

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  1. beerbelly

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    After selling the oil can guitar at the Portland Swap Meet, I figure it might make sense to build a Ford guitar, and maybe a Chevy one as well; much larger audience.

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    It will be perfect for songs like - Take it Easy, Mustang Sally, Hot Rod Lincoln, :D
     
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    Also Maybelline
     
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    Maybe BB can play them for us when he is done :D
     
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    You're making a huge assumption that I can actually play... I can't; I prefer building and letting the talented guys play.
     
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    The parts I ordered should be here next week, so I started work on the body shape. It's 1-3/4" thick NW Alder, and after cutting it to rough shape on my bandsaw, I decided to use hand tools rather than my router to finish the edges; kind of satisfying. Then I smoothed the edges with an 1/8" round over bit.

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    Making more sawdust today. Mocked it up with a black pickup, but I'm gonna use a chrome one because......chrome! Gave the neck a couple coats of pure tung oil (No Phil!:p). I have a computer-cut paint mask from by buddy at the sign shop I retired from, and both blue dye and blue lacquer for the color; I'll do tests on some scrap to see how they look. I hope the transparent blue dye works; I think it would look great to see the wood grain through the color.

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    Shiny stuff arrived; here's a mock up:

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    I planned to use a dye for the blue color, so I did an experiment on a scrap. One side raw wood, one side sealed, then a strip of paint mask across the top. Good color on the raw side, but leakage under the mask. No leakage on the sealed side, but poor color. So I think regular old blue lacquer will be the color choice for nice crisp lines:

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    The neck plate came in today, so I mounted the neck and checked the string alignment with some fishing line; it looks fine:

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    Color coat on and masking removed; next it gets buried in multiple clear coats.

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    2nd mock up:

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    Yep; got 'er done. It sounds & plays fine too. Fun build!

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    Very NICE!


    How much do you want for it?
     
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    I hadn't given it much thought yet, since I just finished it. I'd say $500 plus shipping, insurance & customs if required, which could be substantial to Iceland.
     
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    Five hundred's a darned good price for a nearly full-on handmade guitar. No matter who buys it or where it ends up getting shipped, that is a great deal on a one-off custom geee-tarrr!
     
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