Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: What Non-Ibanez's does everyone own here??
That's a great ^^^^^ collection. It looks good on paper but to see them in a photo is the best. I have built a few partscasters (black with Wonderbar, then Kahler flatmount, and green one with Kahler knockoff) and have had all the Ibbys, strats, teles, Les Pauls, but never a Satch. I love the one you have in red! If I get another, it may be a red Charvel San Dimas with black hardware or similarly priced JS100 in red transparent.
I know acrylic or poly may be best, but Eddie used spray can Schwinn bicycle paint for his main strat. That enamel doesn't dry quickly but then gives a certain wear that a fully dried guitar can't get. There's something raw and drippy about bicycle enamel that makes it the real thing for a frankenstrat the same way that the terribly uneven crackled nitro works so well on old Gibsons, especially Korinas and Les Paul Juniors.
The vintage store near me, actually more a guitar museum, has four 1958 Gibson Korinas (2 Explorers, 1 RH V, and world's only LH V) and the way the nitro cracked on them is something ugly by most eyes but totally cool by vintage freaks like I used to be. The different halves of the V had radically different moisture contents in one of the Korina Vs that the cracking pattern is so different some 60 years later. I don't think Gibson bothered to use fully dried wood on those as most solidbody makers still did not see anything solid as a serious guitar. I often thought about getting a Epi V like that, stripping the perfect glassy poly finish, and then having my cabinet refinisher guy spray poly over it. If you subject it to crazy temperature changes then it can prematurely crack like an original and it's a Gibby frankenstein project I have thought about. The rubber on the bottom bout can be removed and weathered to crack. Gold plating, even new, wears rather quickly so that can be left alone. Anyway, a Korina relic project is something I may look into.
Another fun project, via painting, can be a vintage Fender custom order overspray from the 50s or 60s. Basically, a 60s MIM Fender Classic strat or tele in sunburst would do and it's not too pricey. Leo or George would take a finished sunburst body to auto finisher, and have them spray water based poly, like Fiesta Red, over the sunburst. After that, a few layers of nitro are sprayed over that. When you have a finished product it looks like a factory red strat, but is actually sunburst, covered by nitro, covered by water based acrylic, covered again by nitro. The wear pattern on those is frankenstein from hell and very cool. Only later did they leave some bodies aside for just the acrylic but some earlier spray overs are out there and pricey beyond belief. The nitro over years yellows and makes the guitar a little on the red-orange side and blue hued solids tend to get a greenish tint with aged nitro overspray. Add that to underocoats of sunburst and then you have a Holy Grail.
Last edited by 63Blazer; 02-22-2013 at 11:19 AM.