Electra x935cs... fill Bigsby holes

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Electra x935cs... fill Bigsby holes

Post by The Chad on Mon Jul 30, 2012 11:18 am

Bought this sweet Electra.



Sounds great and feels great, has MMK53's in her. She's an Uncle Mat, very nice quality. A little neck heavy though which I don't like but not pointing to the floor like an SG. I've almost got her all cleaned up, ordered knobs to bring her back to original, but I have four little problems...



Someone had a Bigsby on her. Got four little holes now.

So I must do away with said holes. I can fill them, but how about finishing them? Sunburst ain't easy. The holes are too small for my other plans (which is good, I'm glad they're small holes)... Let me know what you think gentlemen.

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Post by Westbone on Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:08 pm

Like restoring a painting.

If you've never done it take it to a pro.

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Post by Barry on Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:23 pm

The Chad wrote:...Someone had a Bigsby on her. Got four little holes now...
Arrgghh, what a dumb ass thing to do! I don't think even our pal Trevor over at the Mats forum could fix this. Major resto work there, unless you can live with coloured drop fill dots or sumpthin'. Crying or Very sad

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Post by hoax on Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:05 pm

That's a nice guitar Chad!

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Post by The Chad on Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:14 pm

hoax wrote:That's a nice guitar Chad!

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Thanks Hoax! I like it a lot. Sounds as you'd expect a mahogany and thick maple cap, set neck, Les Paul-esque guitar to sound. But with push pull pots for coil tap and phase. Has a bayonet set neck with carved heel like so it looks and feels like a neck through (much like the Spectrum FX and others). It has it's own character and shape which I really dig. Plus it was a steal!

I'd like erase the holes myself, so I'll do some internet digging on how to make flame maple holes go away... study

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Post by Barry on Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:19 pm

The Chad wrote:...I'd like erase the holes myself, so I'll do some internet digging on how to make flame maple holes go away... study
Do let us know, won't you? You'll have to have the touch and eye of an artist methinks.

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Post by jim on Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:09 pm

Ooh, now that's rude. Such a lovely guitar and delicate finish!
When you talk about the other plans what exactly did you have in mind?
I'm just thinking aloud: Fill the holes with dowels and maybe veneer? Would you be able to get colormatch results with feltpens? For dropfillings I read and saw a video where they used superglue and later scraped of the redundancy with a razorblade. I'm not at all experienced in these matters and one way or the other it looks like it will be a difficult and painstaking task. Hope you'll get some bright ideas and yes, as Barry says: Do let us know Chad.

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:15 pm

wow, dropfilling can be a nightmare as ive recently found out, the existing clearcoat/varnish will most likely dissolve on contact with the new, then theres a whole load of blending to endure.......trust me here...take it to a pro!

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Post by hoax on Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:14 pm

Nah

Do it yourself with indelible markers and superglue.

Use matches or cocktail sticks to fill the holes. On a flamed guitar it is very important to maintain the translucency of the finish. Do not be tempted to try solid paint as the stripes work in opposite directions.

Hard to explain, but if you try a solid paint which looks OK looking down from the playing position, it will be totally wrong when viewed from the bottom up.

Trust me - I've been there.

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Post by Westbone on Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:34 pm

To do it properly, use tinted lacquer's.

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Post by Barry on Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:47 am

Westbone wrote:To do it properly, use tinted lacquer's.
Therein lies the pain! Tinted and translucent. Wheee!

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Post by The Chad on Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:24 pm

I'm feeling all of what you're saying, it is a dilemma. I've looked at it six ways from Sunday. I still don't really know what that saying means...

Until I consult with a good wood finishing man or luthier, I'll keep her holey! Fortunately it doesn't show much at all. They're small holes.

She may get her first outing this Saturday at a gig we're doing. Been using her for rehearsals and aside from feedback, she works a treat.

It's going to be hot here on Saturday. Maybe the little holes will help her ventilate and stay cool.

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Post by Westbone on Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:37 pm

Keep it holy.

Just seal it in the meantime, with a dab of clear(lacquer)

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Post by Barry on Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:41 pm

I was thinking what Damian said. He's right. It'll at least stop any chipping.

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