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    GST-1 build

    Hello everyone,

    This week my next (3rd) kit arrived, a beautiful gst kit. Nice ash body with a really nice Jatoba fretboard.

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    My plan with this one is to have a finish similar to the below guitar. Iím going to use the Shou Sugi Ban method to darken the grain and Karijini red dingotone to get the red look.

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    Iím actually a day late on starting this thread so I did a bit of work on it yesterday. These two body modifications have been on my wish list for a while and they work well on this kit- a larger arm contour and a reduced neck pocket heel thingy (whatís the proper name?). Iím happy with the forearm contour, thatís just smoothing out now, but the other I went further than planned due to a large sander. I hope it grows on me and hopefully it looks fine once sanded smooth.

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    Hereís the other picture, couldnít add it above

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    Overlord of Music Sonic Mountain's Avatar
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    I've done similar on a few of mine. Forum uploader only allows 5 pics per post. You can use Imgur and hotlink to get around that.
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    Iím back with some progress shots.

    First off is the smoothed out sanding on the back- came out better than expected and feels very nice.
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    Headstock has been shaped and I like it, somewhere between tele and strat.
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    Then came the fun part- Fire! Using a blowtorch attached to the bbq gas bottle, I burnt the surface of the wood, darkening the grain and turning the wood a slightly darker colour. This Japanese technique is called Shou Sugi Ban and was actually originally used for waterproofing wood (once burnt and sanded it is sealed with a particular oil). Iíve seen it done a few times on guitars, Crimson guitars over in the UK have done it once or twice on youtube. Anyway this came out extremely well and after some wire brushing, became really textured and 3d. The extra curve on the forearm contour really shows off the burning and brushing.
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    Tomorrow is onto staining with some karrijini red dingotone. Contemplating staining the face of the headstock to match, thoughts?

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    I love it! IMHO it looks much better than the mock-zebrawood. Similar effect and intent, but this looks more natural.

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    I had a successful morning adding colour to the guitar. I used Karijini red dingotone and man this stuff is nice to use. Definitely going to be using it again in the future.

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    I stained the headstock face as well, it feels more complete and whole. Iím loving the colour and canít wait to put the intensifying coats on as Iíve heard it works wonders.

    For a long time Iíve wanted to replicate Jim Rootís jazzmaster (left) yet I prefer what Iíve done- more red and it feels cleaner (if that makes sense). Iím planning my next build and it may well be a jazzmaster in a similar style to this. Could be similar to kieselís raw tone finish (right) which I accidentally discovered while sanding this body. I used spray paint to indicate where I had sanded and where I hadnít (removes highs and lows) and because I had wire brushed the body already, it came out like the below picture. Stunning.

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    Oops. The stain on the headstock has come through to the back and seeping down the sides. Iím guessing I canít sand it off? Does this mean I have to stain the whole neck? Can I with this stain kit, itís not specified as a neck kit.

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    Overlord of Music Andy40's Avatar
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    You can sand it off, as its oil based it will take a bit of sanding but it will sand out mate. I usually tape it off before staining.
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    Andy, I thought I couldnít because the stain has travelled through the headstock and come out the back of it. Same thing happened on the body- applying stain on the back and it came through to the control cavity. If I sand, wouldnít I keep sanding to it as it Ďfillsí the wood? Iíd get rid of the surface stain but then the layer underneath would be stained as well.

    Hereís the bottom of the headstock for some visuals-
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    Problem solved

    Problem- stain went through headstock and onto the back of it. Looked bad, hard to clean up.

    Solution- stain the whole neck!

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    Iím rather happy that I did this, it looks quite nice and brings out those shiny stripes (minor quilting i think).

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