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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-31-2006, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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BAD HORSIE!

My 1987 RG550, named Eleanor, is undergoing a makeover, as many of you may have seen on my recent posts. She got her new neck today (thanks Aryton!) and its a dream...sanded off the gloss and its just amazing. Now, here all the next things:
Sanding off the white to natural
Evos, Hs2
Gold Edge
New volume, tone, 5way, and input (theyre kinda old and could use replacement).
New pickguard (I snapped mine! freak accident, dont ask...)
Ok so youre probly wondering why this entitled Bad Horsie! Well, as many of you know, the original BH guitar looks suspiciously like the one Im making now....and the biggest point of this thread is the sanding-off of the white paint down to natural.
Me and my buddy sanded off the back today, and it looks pretty good, but being basswood, it has some odd pink/green/gray-ness in the grain that is pretty nasty. Vai's original BH was ash, and that wood when natural is absolutely beautiful.
Im still pondering whether or not I should sand the front...it has potential to be beautiful. What would I have to do to make the color a tiny bit darker and bring out the little grain that there is? Im guessing a satin (definitly satin, whatever it is) clear coat with a stain of somesort? A lite stain. But Idk, Im pretty new to refinishing guitars. If you need a pic, go to Vai.com and check out tour pics and go to I think the 2nd to last one. This axe is gonna be beautiful when its done!!
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-31-2006, 10:51 PM
 
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Re: BAD HORSIE!

nice
i got evos, hs-2 in my 550dy
its a nice combo
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basswood isnt a good looking wood, and there is little to no grain. I would suggest maybe sanding it down and selling it for someone elses project. then turn around and buy a ash one from EKG or somewhere..

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Basswood unfinished is ugly.
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no offence, but naming your guitar is just...low...and sad...IMHO
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basswood isnt a good looking wood, and there is little to no grain. I would suggest maybe sanding it down and selling it for someone elses project. then turn around and buy a ash one from EKG or somewhere..

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Basswood unfinished is ugly.
+1. Chances are the wood will be slightly lime green tinted.

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no offence, but naming your guitar is just...low...and sad...IMHO
So now we know what type of person Vai is.
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no offence, but naming your guitar is just...low...and sad...IMHO
4th post and already making friends
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no offence, but naming your guitar is just...low...and sad...IMHO

Guitars are like boats, it is bad luck if you donít name them.
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Guitars are like boats, it is bad luck if you donít name them.
Don't know if I'd go that far, but there's definitely nothing wrong with it.
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Re: BAD HORSIE!

So your making this but with Gold Hardware and different pickups?

RG570 99'- (sustainer, hs2, steve's special)




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Re: BAD HORSIE!

I really LOVE your NAT project


Maybe i'll have one of my own soon:

http://www.jemsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=51559

Anyway, good luck Smitty!
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So your making this but with Gold Hardware and different pickups?

RG570 99'- (sustainer, hs2, steve's special)




exactly. shes gonna look exactly like it, but also without the monkey grip. And by the way, naming your guitars is something you just gotta do. I name them according to whatever thought comes first...and here, Eleanor came first because of the 1968 Mustang Shelby GT500 in "Gone in 60 seconds"...my unicorn and I caught it!!
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i rea;;y doubt it will come out looking like that as most early models the seperate pieces really show up when staind and the wood willl looknot how you want
you should sell it and get one off **** already done up for yourself
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no offence, but naming your guitar is just...low...and sad...IMHO
Oh bog off you.
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basswood isnt a good looking wood, and there is little to no grain. I would suggest maybe sanding it down and selling it for someone elses project. then turn around and buy a ash one from EKG or somewhere..

My 2 Cents


Basswood unfinished is ugly.
Lots of original rootbeers dont agree with that

The thing with basswood is that grain patterns and stuff is more "luck of the draw", and, being thats originally intended for a solid finish guitar, you may find nasty filler patches and whatnot...

And anyway, it already has a new neck, and its gonna have new electronics and hardware, taking the "new body" route will leave you with... yeah, you guessed, a whole different guitar!
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no offence, but naming your guitar is just...low...and sad...IMHO
sad is not using a spellchecker or not spelling 2nd grade words, no offense. not sure why it is also "low"?
say hello to "Elvis" (sounds better than "white jem" or "7VWH")


and "Rusty" (sounds better than "mutt" or "custom RG" especially since i have 3-4 customs)


and "Flash"


and "Blackie"


i could go on but i've already side tracked this thread too much. i must be pretty sad and i guess Clapton and Vai are sad too

looking forward to seeing Eleanor's progress.
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