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    Reworking an Explorer Semi scratch

    About 30 years ago I picked up a Cimar strat type guitar quite cheap second hand as my second (bash around) guitar. It had a nice neck, played quite well and the humbucker PUP sounded good. My aim was to do a semi-scratch build and replace the body with an explorer shape. I copied the explorer shape from a Guitar World magazine advertisement. Joined a few pieces of pine wood together and eventually I had a guitar that was loved and played a lot. All the routing was done by hand, the finish was very poor, it was a bit mistreated. I did learn a lot about carpentry, soldering, string setup etc.

    I have decided to pull her apart and clean her up. I cannot fix all the things wrong but I can at least try.

    Shots before being pulled apart:
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    I must say that looks pretty good as is.

    Cheers, Waz

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    Thanks Waz,

    but it never passed a 3 foot rule, or 3 metre rule etc.
    And it gives me a project while the other builds are waiting for parts to arrive in the mail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Davies View Post
    And it gives me a project while the other builds are waiting for parts to arrive in the mail.
    And that's what's really important!

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    Going to leave it natural or stain or paint it?

    Cimar were a fairly short-lived branch of Ibanez (about '75-'82) and shared headstock design and a lot of the body shapes and hardware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Barden View Post
    Going to leave it natural or stain or paint it?

    Cimar were a fairly short-lived branch of Ibanez (about '75-'82) and shared headstock design and a lot of the body shapes and hardware.
    Hi Simon,
    I will leave it natural. I will coat it with tru-oil.

    I sanded the body back today and filled the knot holes with CA glue.
    I still have to cover some unmatched dowel to blend it with the pine. I'm not sure if I should use putty or get a wood plug cutter!
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    More sanding and I also routed the face and back edges with 1/4 round bit.

    I couldn't cover the dowels nicely so I'm embracing them. I darkened them to create a contrast.

    Also given 3 coats of tru-oil.
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    I like it!

    I'm going to do a pine tele scratch build one day.
    Making the world a better place; one guitar at a time...

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    Looks great and will look even better once the Tru Oil ages.

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    Thanks McCreed and wazkelly.

    I'm a lot happier with the finish already. I will give it quite a few more coats of tru-oil though and it should darken a bit more.

    Regards
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