NGD: CU24-08 Beach Fade (Chuck Levin's Anniversary run)

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by docteurseb, Dec 2, 2019 at 6:09 AM.

  1. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    THAT'S JUST ON ANOTHER LEVEL. BRAVO WITH A CAPITAL "GOTTAFINDMEONEOFTHOSE"!!!
     
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  2. bodia

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

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    Dude, that thing checks all my boxes! Frickin’ congrats on that hotness!
     
  3. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    Yeah, the price was, shall we say, a bit too optimistic in my opinion
     
  4. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Beautiful guitar! Congrats
     
  5. g.wizz

    g.wizz Nabs

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    Fantastic choice and the truss rods are the icing on the cake
    Congrats, enjoy it in good health
    NB: I'm sure there are many among us that would love to see the northern lights sibling
     
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  6. docteurseb

    docteurseb New Member

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    For the NL one I didn't manage to get any picture I liked, it's one of those finishes that looks way better in person than on pictures.
    I'll give it another try maybe this week-end, in the meantime feel free to feast your eyes on my former Private Stock Northern Lights CU24:
     
  7. g.wizz

    g.wizz Nabs

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    That is stunning, I can see the 3d effect of the top so clearly on my phone, WOW, WOW!!!
     
  8. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 New Member

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    VERY nice guitar you've to there.

    That top and the neck on that guitar look amazing.

    Congrats!!!!
     
  9. docteurseb

    docteurseb New Member

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    Truss rod covers for the Beach Fade are mostly done, I'll use the left one. I may try trimming a bit more of the excess epoxy on the sides though (tricky as I don't want to sand down to the wood/stain).

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    That was the goal, I was moving the light source around like crazy.
    The woods on that PS were spectacular (a build from @Brian G ), definitely had a strong chatoyance everywhere. I only realized after the fact that the headstock veneer was book-matched, a nice match for the top/back.

    The Northern Lights Wood Library CU24-08 from Chuck isn't in the same league, but still extremely nice looking and I'm far less scared playing it than I was with the PS (primary reason for selling it).
     
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  10. NBW

    NBW New Member

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    That’s an awesome finish job. I struggled getting some back plates to match in one color, you did a fade and made it look easy. Do you have any secrets?
     
  11. docteurseb

    docteurseb New Member

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    Updating initial post with a flyover of the guitar, enjoy !

    Getting the colors is incredibly difficult for me (except for basic ones, or when I get hints from pros about mix ratios)
    For those truss rod covers I got the beach part quickly enough as the colors are very close to the base colors from TransTint. I gave up matching the blue, but the one I got worked quite well for such a small part.

    Fade technique is the easiest part, this taught me all I needed to know:


    The red/yellow fade was the first one I attempted:
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    Things got a bit out of control after that:

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  12. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Looks like you’ve earned yourself a job in the PS department!

    Do you use spirit or water based?
     
  13. docteurseb

    docteurseb New Member

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    I was using denatured alcohol at first, but its sale was recently forbidden in wonderful CA.
    For the beach fade truss rod covers I used water, far from ideal for thin pieces of wood like that (warp).
     
  14. Kdogg788

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    Just have to say that the beach fade guitar is one of THE most amazing paints I've seen. Then I was even more blown away that you have the ability to do some of these finishes yourself! Incredible work! Makes me want to pick up a low priced guitar, strip the paint, and see if I can do something even remotely close. What sort of stains are used to get that effect? Is it a certain type or brand that is preferable?

    -k
     
  15. docteurseb

    docteurseb New Member

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    I use TransTint since I still have several bottles of their colors and they've worked well for me so far.
    Keda dyes are apparently awesome too, and the guy who makes them post a bunch of videos on Youtube showing how to achieve various colors.
     
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    I looked those up and they both look like good products. I can already imagine some dream color schemes. Following the dye process, do you clear coat the body afterwards? Sorry for all the questions. I've never done this before.

    -k
     
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    Body and back plates was clear coated by a pro shop. I only do the finish on the truss rod covers or wood buttons since those are easy enough (typically I use wipe-on-poly).
     
  18. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    This is Keda dyes. I made up test swatches for a build. The first one is one colour and the second a test fade.

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    The guitar with flat stain and under lacquer

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    Kdogg788 New Member

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    Those look very nice! What do you use for a top coating?

    -k
     
  20. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    If you’re asking me, it’s melamine lacquer.
     
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