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    RotoTok's First Build

    I've been working on guitars for friends, family and coworkers for more than 10 years. I figured it was about time to bite the bullet and go a little deeper into the weeds.
    I love the look of this guitar. The quilted maple top has a few flaws in it - one sizable one, in fact - but I'm going to use it as a means of learning how to work with them.
    I'm going try a sunset glow finish on this. Heavy on the orange with lemon yellow highlights.
    Stay tuned!
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    Member I値l give it a go's Avatar
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    Sounds and looks interesting, good luck.


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    Overlord of Music FrankenWashie's Avatar
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    Welcome aboard RotoTok, look forward to seeing how it comes up for you.
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    Welcome to the forum RotoTok.

    Interesting looking kit with some Rocksongs on the side. Keen to see and hear how this turns out.

    Cheers, Waz
    # 1 - EX-5 https://goo.gl/fQJMqh
    # 2 - EX-1 https://goo.gl/KSY9W9
    # 3 - Non PBG Tele https://goo.gl/W14G5g
    # 4 - Non PBG J Bass https://goo.gl/FbBaFy
    # 5 - TL-1AR GOTM Aug 2017 https://goo.gl/sUh14s
    # 6 - MMB-4 Runner-up GOTM Oct 2018https://goo.gl/gvrPkp
    # 7 - ES-1 Runner-up GOTM Aug 2018https://goo.gl/T9BEY8

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    Thanks so much everyone! I think this may be the first of many!
    I really like the kit, and I'll probably be upgrading the guts over time.
    I decided on, what I'm calling, a citrus glow finish. The first two coats are on, and I think it looks good! One layer of diluted orange, and diluted lemon yellow.
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    I've circled a blemish in the top. Is that normal, or did I get a second?
    Cheers,
    R~

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    GAStronomist wazkelly's Avatar
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    That looks like a glue spot.
    Goof off usually gets rid of them but that would also mean re-staining that section too.

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    # 1 - EX-5 https://goo.gl/fQJMqh
    # 2 - EX-1 https://goo.gl/KSY9W9
    # 3 - Non PBG Tele https://goo.gl/W14G5g
    # 4 - Non PBG J Bass https://goo.gl/FbBaFy
    # 5 - TL-1AR GOTM Aug 2017 https://goo.gl/sUh14s
    # 6 - MMB-4 Runner-up GOTM Oct 2018https://goo.gl/gvrPkp
    # 7 - ES-1 Runner-up GOTM Aug 2018https://goo.gl/T9BEY8

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    Overlord of Music Fretworn's Avatar
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    That痴 a really nice colour. Keen to see how this guitar turns out.
    Current:
    AST-1FB

    Completed:
    First Act ME276 (resurrected curb-side find)
    ES-5V
    Scratchie lapsteel
    Custom ST-1 12 String (to be converted to 6 string)
    JBA-4
    TL-1TB
    Scratch Lapsteel
    Meinl DIY Cajon
    Cigar Box lap steel

    Wishing:
    Baritone
    Scratchie 12 string
    Open D/Standard Double 6 twin neck

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    Hello, everyone!
    Thanks so much for all the advice on the glue spot. Denatured alcohol and light touch with a small wire brush did the trick. I'm ready for a final sand of the back and sides and some clear coat.
    I'm really pretty over the moon with the way the top came out. It's been a labor of love for more than two weeks!
    I think I made the right choice with the ebony neck. It looks fantastic with the black hardware.
    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RotoTok View Post
    Hello, everyone!
    Thanks so much for all the advice on the glue spot. Denatured alcohol and light touch with a small wire brush did the trick. I'm ready for a final sand of the back and sides and some clear coat.
    I'm really pretty over the moon with the way the top came out. It's been a labor of love for more than two weeks!
    I think I made the right choice with the ebony neck. It looks fantastic with the black hardware.
    Cheers!
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    Wow that痴 starting to look amazing.


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    Looks fantastic, RotoTok. Nice work so far.
    What Did You Play Today? ~PJS~

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