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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-03-2004, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
 
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My Kramer Imperial

Well guys Ive started to mod my kramer (the explorer shaped one) - going for the 80's shred machine look up to now I have stripped the paint and scalloped frets 15 upwards. Im soon to fill the neck pickup hole, and 2 of the 3 control holes and respray (Ideas on colours would be much appriciated ). Just thought Id let you know what Im up to - and you can judge me on my first ever scallop job, be kind



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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-03-2004, 08:27 PM
 
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I ALWAYS hated the necks on those Imperials - scalloping it probably makes it more bearable to play - I really hated the neck joint too - but I found the quad rail pickups & the coil tap REALLY good. For people looking for a 'James Hetfield' style guitar that wasn't one of those absolutely HORRIBLE new ESP EXP series - this is the one to go for....

Incidentally, I've had a Diamond Plate one of these & a Black Diamond plate ESP one (pre lawsuit) & TBH there was really not much in it in terms of likeability/playability.... both had horrible neck joints & necks - lucky I only used them for rhythm work........

I'd suggest going for a speckle silver paint job or an electric pink one if you REALLY want to go 80's......<Engage_Cringe>CRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRIIII IIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEE EEEEEEE</End_Cringe>
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post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-04-2004, 06:45 AM
 
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That looks bloody good scalloping so far. Well done.
What did you use out of interest?? A round file??
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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-04-2004, 09:21 AM
 
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Looking good dude,keep up the good work,and flip colours work well on explorer shapes,give halfords a browse for paint in a can stuff ;-)

Rob
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post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-04-2004, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Did some more work today. Stripped most of the paint but I've ran out of stripper now off to the hardwear shop again tomorrow.




Yeah, I used a round file for the scallops, then some 600 grit paper, then 1500 grit, then a polish with some lem-oil.

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post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-04-2004, 06:33 PM
 
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that'd look pretty cool as a natural finish but obviously not shred machine
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Yeah, actually a natural finish ala Hetfield would look pretty cool. But there are a few colours that would look cool too.

Looks good so far dude.
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post #8 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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I cant really go for the clear finish because Im filling the neck pickup hole and a couple of the controll holes - and you could see em. I think Ive decided on a crackle finish, pink underneath with black ontop
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Oh yeah I can see your problem. But I am sure whatever you do it will look good, so I wouldnt worry. It looks good so far though. The paint seems to have come off very cleanly. You gonna do the same on the headstock too??
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post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
 
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No im thinking of sticking with the black headstock, try and keep all eyes on the guitar at the body end, especially If I am doing a krazy paint effect. Also, I cant really be arsed sorcing a kramer logo from somewhere...
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I found a pic of the type of finish im goin for...


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Well, good luck. I wouldnt like to attempt it How are you thinking of doing it may I ask?? It will look very cool though if it turns out like that.
You gonna put new pickups in too by chance??
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The process is pretty simple. Paint a normal base coat (after sanding preping etc...) then paint on a layer of waterbased woodglue (cant be any woodglue, but I have a brand than works), then mix a waterbased paint topcoat colour 2:1 with water and put it in a spray bottle (like a mr. muscle one or something). Spray the paint/water on and the water messes with the glue, causing it to dissolve and then reset, leaving those cracks. Then a non-waterbased clearcoat (so it doesnt mess with the glue again). Simple really
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Good luck dude,Just don't rush and it'll come up peachey ... I'm thinking of doing a re-fin in Orange ChromaFlair,It's freakishly gorgeous - DuPont are well worth a browse before ya start,there just maybe something there to tickle your bits ;-)

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Good luck dude,Just don't rush and it'll come up peachey ... I'm thinking of doing a re-fin in Orange ChromaFlair,It's freakishly gorgeous - DuPont are well worth a browse before ya start,there just maybe something there to tickle your bits ;-)

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Any place online that shows that color? A crackle how-to and a cool orange color could inspire me to take a shot, too

thanks,

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