Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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
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!!