I started to strip the body a few days ago. Pulled out the heat gun and it's just popping right off. I started on the back to experiment. I know when people use torches it leaves marks and I'm getting faint marks from the heat gun. Really hoping these'll sand out. I'm going for a solid finish on the front but was hoping for a natural finish on the back. But stripping it isn't a huge chore, just have to go slow. I'll sand it down a bit after I get all the paint off.
What I really find amazing is how thick the finish is around the edge of the guitar. And hot paint chips burn when they fly off the guitar and hit you in the arm.
So I found a neck. I blew an auction on Ebay for an FGM100 neck in blue. Really wanted that puppy but I unfortunately missed the end of the auction (why won't ebay send you text alerts!) due to getting distracted (playing guitar actually). Man was I upset last night.
Well, I found a new neck. FGM400. Attached to a guitar at some point but pretty much unplayed and within my budget.
I'm going to go for something similar to the FGM400 with a few twists. First, Edge Pro trem. Second, cosmo instead of black, third, binding that matches the neck around the body, and fourth, a natural clear finish on the sides and back.
I'm open to suggestions or ideas. I know the FGM neck supposedly mounts deeper in the body. I'm not sure if this is a difference in the neck pocket depth or the depth of the neck. I plan on routing the area under the mounting rings so they sit more flush like the real FGM and also mounting the pickups solidly to the body. Here's a "real" FGM400. I want to make mine different enough that there's no confusion, ever, as to whether it's a real FGM or not. Not that I'll ever sell it once done!
What do you guys think?