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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-16-2011, 11:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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Sanding down a PL 2550

Hello everyone,

I'm new here and hope to get some answers from one of you.

My plan is to sand down my PL 2550, which is a great guitar and spray it over in a light nitro clear (maybe with some yellowing in it) finish so the wood is visible

I remember some years ago I saw somewhere someone on the internet has done that and there were some pictures as well, but after long seeking, I can't find that anymore.

So has anyone here done that before? and are there pictures available?
I'm very curious how the wood looks and how it was build.

Or is it "forbidden" to take the paint of this guitar?
It is the silver one I have and some fading of the laquer is there now and starts to be a little greenish.....

Hope someone can help me out with this,

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-16-2011, 12:44 PM
 
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Re: Sanding down a PL 2550

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some fading of the laquer is there now and starts to be a little greenish.....



Many call that desirable. I say leave it be, but do what you want.
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post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 09-16-2011, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Sanding down a PL 2550

Yes, I agree; kinda like the "greening" too, but don't like the "plastic" feel of it, though it has been my workhorse for many years.
As a luthier (many years ago) I'm also very curious about the used woods and how it looks
under the somewhat "cold" silver.
Someone must have done it before, remembering the pictures I saw some years ago, but for now, I only found a picture of a shaved neck of a 2550: there's 3 or 5 layers of wood there and looks nice.
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Re: Sanding down a PL 2550

Here it is: wanna see the rest too!.......

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Re: Sanding down a PL 2550

curious to see the result ! a little anxious too
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Re: Sanding down a PL 2550

being that you guitar is Alder it should clear in much the same way as basswood (but not identical) I think that it will look very nice with the 5 piece neck.

This is my natural, basswood project:

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I personally think the alder grain and maple neckthrough would be completely hot to see naked...

that said, its your guitar boss they are pretty rare....
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Re: Sanding down a PL 2550

I'm also curious and anxious......
The thing is that I want it for a long time and I waited for a long time to do that: I can't go back you know ;-)
So that's why I decided to first try to see if someone else had done the same I want and see the uncovered wood.
There's another older thread on this forum, from a guy who painted it green and wants to sell it: I asked him too some hours ago.....

RGTFanatic: that looks decent! I like to see (good) wood on a guitar.
Nice pickguard: mahogany?
Is yours a necktrough too?

Mine had been eating some dust, because of my other old Tokais and Greco's, but gave it a new attention today: it had been aged actually in the meantime: the little push-switches have been yellowed; the thing is actually 25 years old!
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I only could upload a small picture......

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Re: Sanding down a PL 2550

Damn that thing looks great, I vote leave it!
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Yup... leave it!! I was expecting a basket case
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Re: Sanding down a PL 2550

Ok, you make me reconsider: I delayed it for almost 25 years: guess I can delay it some more :-)
No, it's not a basketcase, it's actually still quite good, with only a lot of little play-wear and buckle rash from extensive giggin.
We have aged nicely, so to say ;-)

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Holy crap man....that thing is near perfect!!!!! find an old crappy RG and have some fun refinishing it. Just leave that sweet PL be!!!!..........LOL

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Re: Sanding down a PL 2550

Ok, ok, that would save me from doing all the work, sanding, inhaling dangerous fumes, waiting, waiting, polishing and of course the obligatory pictures of the end result with maybe some plywood and lots of filler by the factory (not that I suspect that; I think some decent woods have been used here) (and I want to see that)
Well, I wait untill maybe someone comes who's done it before.
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Re: Sanding down a PL 2550

If you want to do it buy one thats beat to hell and have at it. No reason to butcher such a fine example.
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