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Old 02-01-2011, 06:08 PM
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NGD/Refinish - RG7620 to RG7CT "esque" Conversion


Hello Everyone,

I have had this guitar for a couple of months now and I am in the process of refnishing it..

I actually put it through its paces for a good month before I started the refinish process.

Man... I don't know what took me soo long to get a 7 string... Even my cheeszzy Chuga Chuga riffs sound kweeel...

Anyways, the stock pups are not bad by any means but not as clear as some of my other guitars.. So I will be swapping them out with the LF/CL combo when it is all said and done...

I am pretty far along in the refinish and will post pictures every now and then..

As the title says I will be going for the RG7CT look.... and be using a venner top to do the sunbusrt












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Old 02-01-2011, 06:15 PM
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Re: NGD/Refinish - RG7620 to RG7CT "esque" Conversion


Disassemble





Sanding

I was surprised how the grain looked.. Was not expecting Basswood to look like this...

This will stain nicely....









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Old 02-01-2011, 06:31 PM
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Re: NGD/Refinish - RG7620 to RG7CT "esque" Conversion


Supplies



Staining the Body









After 2nd coat .. It is getting darker..



Doh... looks like I did not remove all of the sealer. You can see the light spots in the top left horn and the at the bottom...

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Old 02-01-2011, 06:38 PM
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Re: NGD/Refinish - RG7620 to RG7CT "esque" Conversion


Re-sand and stain again..





Look like a violin finish when the flash hits it...It is actually much darker..

Let dry overnight





All dry now





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Old 02-02-2011, 02:41 AM
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Re: NGD/Refinish - RG7620 to RG7CT "esque" Conversion


Cool man A veneer top would have been sweet, but I like what you are doing here. What are you using to top coat it?
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:46 AM
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Re: NGD/Refinish - RG7620 to RG7CT "esque" Conversion


I like it, but also think a figured veneer would have been really sweet on the top.
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:36 PM
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Cool man A veneer top would have been sweet, but I like what you are doing here. What are you using to top coat it?

I am still going with a veneer top... Stay tuned

Hopefully, I can post more pictures later today..

I will be about 3 cans using Deft Clear for the top coat..
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:28 PM
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Re: NGD/Refinish - RG7620 to RG7CT "esque" Conversion


That is exactly what I'm thinking for my 1st project. Thanks for the pics. Now I know I'm not the only one thinking about this.

I would love to see the veneer in there too.

Keep posting pics man. I'm catching ideas here.
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I would love to see the veneer in there too.

Keep posting pics man. I'm catching ideas here.
here is a little tease

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Old 02-02-2011, 01:48 PM
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Re: NGD/Refinish - RG7620 to RG7CT "esque" Conversion


looks sexy!
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here is a little tease

What kind of glue did you use to put the veneer on?
Do you have a template for the routing?
Did you route the first (holes and tremolo cavities) and then put it on the body or routed it once it was in place?
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:14 PM
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What kind of glue did you use to put the veneer on? ?
I used Titebond II which I picked up from home depot..

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Do you have a template for the routing??
No I don't.. But that is an EXCELLENT idea.. I should of made one out of construction paper or something... I have had issues cutting/routing the veneer.. It took me 3 tries to get it right.. Especially at $20 a pop it starts to add up...Since the Veneer is so thin you have to be carefull because it can split and crack if you are too aggressive with it...

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Did you route the first (holes and tremolo cavities) and then put it on the body or routed it once it was in place?
IMPORTANT TIP: You want to do one side at a time. That way you have access to the cavities when cutting the veneer. You will need an exacta knife with plenty of replacement blades. I used 6 blades for this project.. Also DO NOT rush... I will be posting my mistakes later in this thread..

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Re: NGD/Refinish - RG7620 to RG7CT "esque" Conversion


Prep for Sanding Sealer





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Deft Sanding Sealer, Tack Cloth



Wipe down body with Tack Cloth



After S&S:

You can see it looks kind of dusty/ashy.. Don't worry this will be gone after light sanding and when you apply the clear coat..



All Dry...


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Re: NGD/Refinish - RG7620 to RG7CT "esque" Conversion


Where's the veneer? Are this previous pictures?
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:55 PM
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Where's the veneer? Are this previous pictures?
The veneer in the earlier post.. was just a tease... I will be posting pics of that later in thread..

I took alot of pictures and want to post them in sequence... This will include the mistakes I encounter along the way.
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