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    First Build - IC-1 Custom 7 String

    Hello everyone,

    Been patiently waiting on my custom kit since December, thought I'd come say hello and start my build diary now.

    I'm building a 7 String Iceman style kit, 27" scale, black hardware, tune-o-matic bridge.

    I have always loved the Iceman shape and thought that a 7 string would be quite unique.

    My plan is to stain the front of the body vintage amber to achieve a Korina style look, and stain the back a darker red/brown for a bit of contrast.

    Anyway, can't wait to get stuck in
    -Chris

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    Hi Chris,
    welcome and good luck with your build.
    Colour scheme sounds good. What are you going to use for your stains?
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    Thanks Trev,

    I have a "vintage amber" stain from Colortone that looks to be exactly what im after, and for the back I found a Maple coloured stain from Bunnings that looks ok. I'll get some test wood before I do the real thing, just to be safe.

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    Welcome Chris, good luck with the build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by project_chris View Post
    Thanks Trev,

    I have a "vintage amber" stain from Colortone that looks to be exactly what im after, and for the back I found a Maple coloured stain from Bunnings that looks ok. I'll get some test wood before I do the real thing, just to be safe.
    Always a great idea to test stains and especially clear finishes to see if they react. Good luck.
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    Scheduled for delivery today or tomorrow. Hopefully can start sanding by the weekend. I'm off to Adelaide next week so really hoping it arrives before then.

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    Kit arrived yesterday, initial thoughts are i'm very happy with how it looks. However I noticed that the shop forgot to do the routing for the pickup selector switch, and also didn't include the switch with my kit. I contacted Ben from the custom shop and he is sending me a switch in the mail. Not a big deal, I wanted to change the location of the selector anyway.

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    It stands up by itself too
    Apologies for poor lighting in the second pic.

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    Nice. The spalted maple looks good. Shame about the switch.
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    Sick! Great looking kit, make sure you do a gum turps/solvent wipe down to find any dang pesky glue spots in your veneer before you start staining.
    looking forward to see how this rolls out👍🏾
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    I have begun sanding today, the amount of contours in the body is a pain. I am very careful not to go anywhere near the veneer as well. I will make another pass over with 400 grit tomorrow morning.

    I am waiting for some supplies in the mail so that will have to hold me over until I get back from Adelaide on the 19th.

    Fretboard is taped up ready for fretwork and nut filing for when I get back, and then I can start staining.

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