NGD.... soon --> update: Modern Eagle V Frost Bite Glow has landed !

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  1. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    I should be pruning hedges and doing “yard work”!

    Oh well, bonnie guitars are more fun!
     
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  2. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    There’s only two ways to get a magnificent frostbite glow. One is through a great PRS PS guitar, and we all know it’s one of their best stains. The other way is to carry some uranium up Mount Everest. You’ve picked the wisest choice.
     
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  3. docteurseb

    docteurseb New Member

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    Quick and dirty look at the top's chattoyance:
     
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  4. bodia

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

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    Damn, that's so hot!
     
  5. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    BITCHIN AXE, BROTHER!
     
  6. docteurseb

    docteurseb New Member

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    It's not every day you get two Frost Bite side by side, in fact it's the last day for these two as the CU24 Fatback in Frost Bite fade will be on its way to a new owner tomorrow.
    Until then here's the couple:

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    One more to go (Paul's Guitar in Charcoal) and I'll start thinking about adding a new one rather than selling one ;-)
     
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    docteurseb New Member

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    The volume issue I had upon delivery turned out to truly be a bad pot as it re-appeared suddenly.

    PRS took care of it super quickly and now that I have the guitar back, it's time to replace those plastic covers for stained curly maple ones.
    Given the fade finish on the neck it probably makes more sense to match the finish at the heel of the neck rather than doing a fade or glow pattern.

    That keeps things simple enough: black dye with grain raising mix, sand back, lighter gray, and then a very light sandback or pulling out some the dye with alcohol.

    I refrained posted pics until the covers were ready for staining as so many things can go wrong when making them:

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  8. Tahlee

    Tahlee Tollywood Rhode Island

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    Holy cow. Well done.
     
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    docteurseb New Member

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    Thanks ! The staining is the easy part, but I'll still practice on scrap pieces to make sure I get a good match with the neck.
    I was a bit anxious making the control backplate due to the large number of mounting holes but looks like they line up well enough. Also that inner corner/knee causes rather sudden change in grain vs router bit direction which is about the last thing you want when routing figured maple (instant tear out when going against the grain).
     
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  10. Andrew Paul

    Andrew Paul The cat's meow

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    Freakin gorgeous!! Congrats! MEV are my favorite guitars! I love that frostbite finish :D
     
  11. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Gorgeous! Congrats
     
  12. Sybo

    Sybo Nashvillan

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    Great instruments and great ideas!!
     
  13. bodia

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

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    g.wizz Nabs

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    beautifully done, congrats
     
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    Beautiful ... totally next level!!!
     
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    docteurseb New Member

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    I lost track of how many times I had to stain and sand back until I was happy with the 'color'.
    This is with super glue to seal and strengthen the wood. Contrast will increase dramatically once clear coated, at which point it should match the neck's heel pretty well:

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  17. clmazza

    clmazza Bullet the Blue Sky

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    Well done, sir!
     
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    docteurseb New Member

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    So the plates are finished and all went well, though I'm not necessarily sold on how they look on this particular guitar.
    The neck and top were definitely darker pieces of maple giving the black dye a warmer tint compared to my backplates. Could be the dye too, in this case adding a touch of amber might have been a good idea.
    Worst case these may make someone with a 2020 Experience Charcoal MEV very happy...

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    docteurseb New Member

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    Given my OCD, round #2 was inevitable:
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    This is from a lam top I had laying around, it was advertised as curly maple but that's more like quilt to me.
    The backplates are already routed and drilled. I just need to make the countersunk holes, thin down to adequate thickness, and of course stain.
    This time I have a test piece to see how it'll look before hand.
     
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