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    TD's TL-1TB

    It has happened again - another Pitbull box found its way under my Christmas tree. This time I've scored a TL-1Tb with gold hardware. My intention is to stain the back of the body in a dark brown stain, the top and neck will be clear. I will use tru-oil for the top coats. I will change the pickguard to a red tortoiseshell

    After a mock build I have:

    Sanded the back of the body up to to 240g. The front and the neck I have gone up to 400g.

    Cut and sanded the headstock.

    Levelled, filed and polished the frets.

    4 coats of tru-oil to the maple fret board and top of the body. (the last picture was after the first coat)
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    Well Santa must have thought you were a very good boy...
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    Lucky duck. That looks like a fun kit.

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    Yes, very lucky - but I have been good.
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    Today I have sanded the sides and back of the body to 240 g some more.
    Scraped a few bits of tru-oil off the sides below the binding that leaked under the tape.
    Taped the binding on the sides.
    I applied some FW Brown Japan stain to the back and sides of the body.
    I was lucky and did not get much stain leeching onto the binding. Maybe the tape created a good barrier or the 4 coats of tru-oil on the binding - or both!
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    Lucky you! I'll be following this with interest, as I have one of these waiting for me to start.

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    This afternoon I scraped the binding using a razor blade bolted in a split wooden dowel (thanks McCreed).
    PitBull Builds: FVB-4, LP-1SS, FBM-1, AG-2 (Runner up GOTM May 2021), TB-4, SSCM-1, TLA-1, TL-1TB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Davies View Post
    This afternoon I scraped the binding using a razor blade bolted in a split wooden dowel (thanks McCreed).
    I wish I could take credit for it! I discovered it from another member in another forum a few years ago. Just passing it on...
    Making the world a better place; one guitar at a time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by McCreed View Post
    I wish I could take credit for it! I discovered it from another member in another forum a few years ago. Just passing it on...
    That is one of the great things with this forum. Anyway - it works a treat.
    PitBull Builds: FVB-4, LP-1SS, FBM-1, AG-2 (Runner up GOTM May 2021), TB-4, SSCM-1, TLA-1, TL-1TB.

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    Between applying coats of tru-oil I have created a pickguard out of red tortoiseshell 3-ply pickguard material.
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    Scratch Builds: Pine Explorer, Axe Bass, Mr Scary (current), Scratchy Thinline (current),

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