Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Cincinnati, OH USA
Refinishing a transparent finish guitar
I have a USA Custom exotic wood fixed-bridge rarity guitar... I love the tone and feel of the guitar. However, I think it spent a little too much of its life in a pawn shop window, and the front face of the guitar body has this strange color fading going on (which I've seen on other USA Customs before, so I'm not completely surprised by it). Now it's probably not all that noticable, really, but for some reason it drives me nuts!
So here's my question... how hard would it be to refinish the body? I assume I'd have to sand through the clear and the stain first. (I think I'm afraid of doing damage to the maple top.)
Also, I've heard before that sometimes flame-top guitars are stained black, sanded down, then restained in color to make the flame stand out more. Any truth to this?
I'd love to refinish it in the sienna transparent (deep red) color that the USRG30's used to come in. Yummy!