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    Axellent Member Forecaster's Avatar
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    Been toying with the shellac french rub,
    but I am more than a little burnt out on excessive polishing/sanding....
    -it's not very durable, but super easy to touch up.

    I read about an old recipe that involved tung oil, thinner, and varnish...
    You change the proportions to accelerate drying time or increase the hardness or workability.

    My father was a boat builder, and loved varathane on all His Teak,
    it's what they put on basketball floors, so it is quite durable.

    The problem he always cautioned Me about varathane was getting water under it through a ding,
    as it is very difficult to completely remove and water will mold/discolor beneath it.

    I am also tempted to just polish the rosewood tele without any finish,
    as it is such a dense oily wood,- the forecaster weighs over 9 pounds.

    I know certain finishes/treatments will adversely affect the tone,
    but I could never be that discriminating.

    I'd rather have something feel good than sound or look good.
    (if I had to choose)

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    Axellent Member Forecaster's Avatar
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    So I have now learned that (on basswood/linden, at least) an alcohol based application of aniline dye will sink deeper, it seems.

    I expect the sparklies to go away a bit more once I get a full coat of sealer on it,
    I had just enough left in the can to fix everything down.


    I still plan to incorporate one of the ideas I'd had on covering up the blems
    -because I think it will be really cool.

    I'm thinking a small square metal stamp may be able to generate me
    some space invaders, which I will inlay with something blackish-green and glowy.

    But I have to do a trial run before I show it to You guys, it may utterly fail :P

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    Installed the Callaham Roller, interesting to note that the new steel shaft was to fit the bigsby's holes,
    which were actually quite loose on the old shaft.

    What's more interesting to me is why Bigsby did theirs so much smaller than the holes they drilled.

    They drilled the holes large to allow for the complete lack of sychronicity between the 2 seperate holes they made,
    (why did they not do both holes in one pass, assuring correct angle and alignment?)

    -So when I tried to put the larger stainless shaft in there it would not fit.
    I simply drilled them both out with a single pass from a long drillbit.

    The old Brigepart had 2 brass bushings, one at each end of the thin Tube.
    The callaham is a solid Stainless Milled piece,
    with a very slight amount of play on it's fit to the shaft.

    I dipped the Bigsby Bar 3 times in Black tooldip, then blew blue interference powder onto it.
    I will dip it 1 or 2 times more, and then blow the violet IF powder on it to better match the body.

    Here's the mockup, so far.

    Last edited by Forecaster; 11-16-2013 at 07:22 PM.

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    I Love it! I like the tool dipped trem arm as well. Very cool.
    Great Guitars Are A Formula Not A Logo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keletcaster View Post
    I Love it! I like the tool dipped trem arm as well. Very cool.
    Ditto!
    ....
    I bought a relic'd guitar because I liked the way it sounded. Then I refinished it because I didn't like the way it looked.

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