Making Me Some Backplates...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by prs19, Aug 28, 2017.

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Which method should I attempt?

  1. Match the front!

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  2. Match the back!

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    85.7%
  1. prs19

    prs19 New Member

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    So I've been inspired recently due to a few things. First and foremost, the Paul's weekly guitar talk just makes me wish I had 1/10 of 1% of the talent that the artists at PRS do. Second, a recent post about someone buying some custom backplates. Finally, I just bought a used 408 from Brian's Guitars and the electronics cover was signed by PRSh. What does all this add up to? I'm going to try and make my own custom back plates for this guitar. I also picked up a WL 24-08. Now, I'm trying to figure out which approach would be best. See the poll in this thread to provide your suggestion.

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    Which version should I attempt? Use the poll above. Thanks!
     
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  2. toothace

    toothace We've got, you know, armadillos in our trousers.

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    Baby got back!
     
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  3. Shawn@PRS

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    Very cool! match the back IMO
     
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  4. WeFixFlats

    WeFixFlats Respect The Clave

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    Match the back and try to have the grain of the cover to run the same direction.

    My first two guitars had the back plates replaced, but I didn't get the chance to request this, they were 'generic' off the web. My third set for the DGT should be a closer grain match(since I sent the maker a picture of the back). I'll post once they are installed.
     
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  5. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I'd match the back.
     
  6. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    back....all day
     
  7. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    I always like them better matching the back.
     
  8. prs19

    prs19 New Member

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    Looks like matching backs is the consensus. Will post the results at a later date. Will probably take me a few tries to get something I'm happy with. I'm most nervous about the grain fill step as I've never done this.
     
  9. prs19

    prs19 New Member

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    The ash is going to be the hardest to match grain on. I did orient the grain to match the direction of grain on the guitar before cutting on the CNC. Mahogany should be close though. We'll see!
     
  10. matt3310

    matt3310 New Member

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    I say match the front!

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  11. prs19

    prs19 New Member

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    Got the first backplate for the 408 all sanded down to target thickness before adding dye, sanding sealer, grain fill, and topcoats. Looks like I'm going to have to Burst it slightly to get a smooth transition if I stay with matching mahogany.

    Going to do some sample stains and bursts on scrap first.

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  12. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Lookin' good!
     
  13. toothace

    toothace We've got, you know, armadillos in our trousers.

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  14. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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  15. allan

    allan One man one life make the best of what you have

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    well done its looking very good
     

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