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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2004, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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How to get a burnt stained finish?

Is there any other way (other than using a heat gun) to get a burnt finish like the one on the jem bsb. I don't have an electric heat gun and dont feel like paying 30 bucks if there is a cheaper way to do it. Has anyone on this board ever done it without the gun. If so, how? Please note that i am a little wary of anything that could go seriously awry and burn up the body. How dangerous would it be to take a flammable liquid and a lighter? Thanks for any help. Neal
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2004, 05:44 PM
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I've been thinkin about just putting mine on fire!
hell, yeah! string BBQ!!!

well, anyway, putting some kinda flammable liquid on
it, gush it out with water, and perhaps work it over
with some high-grade sandpaper.

I'm gonna give it a try!
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2004, 07:19 PM
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Try with a lighter, turn the guitar with the top facing the earth and start burning. youll end with a neckache but is worth it.
i did this on an Acoustic project and ended up really well.
youll have to burn alot to make it visible.
Hope this helps.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2004, 07:22 PM
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By the way, use only the flame from the lighter,, !Do not use flammable liquids like you saidí
Just a lighter.
Btw Zippo and other similar lighters doesnt work really well
Use normal Lighter.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-28-2004, 10:28 PM
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A lighter is going to give you very narrow, patchy burned spots.

Use either a heat gun or a blowtorch from a distance to get a softer, more controllable burn pattern.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-29-2004, 08:13 AM
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I'd go with Darren's suggestion of a propane torch. Ah, but then again, I wouldn't burn my guitar.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-03-2004, 09:32 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies. Does anyone have any experience with burning a guitar. If so, what methods did you use. Does anybody know the quality of the grain on an rg5xx series guitar. I'm not going to burn it if i get good grain, but if i get poor grain, i need some way to cover it up. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks. Neal
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-03-2004, 11:22 AM
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There's no way to predict what your guitar's grain is going to be like until you've stripped the finish. Basswood is very inconsistent that way. Some pieces might have really nice grain on them, others won't.

Also, on guitars with solid finishes, the bodies can be made from as many as five pieces of wood laminated together. On transparent finishes, midrange guitars are usually two or three pieces.

That's why stripping a guitar with a solid finish with the intent of putting a transparent finish is such a gamble. You may not like what you find under the paint. But give it a shot if your RG needs refinishing anyway. If you don't like what you see, just paint it over with a new solid colour, or laminate a nice veneer over it. Just make sure you don't scorch it too badly in the process of removing the paint or experimenting with your burning technique. (Hint: Practice on scrap first!)
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-03-2004, 11:51 AM
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Step 1: Burn
Step 2: Stain

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