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« on: April 20, 2017, 08:23:45 pm »

So while I was waiting for parts to arrive for my strat build, I came across a (knockoff) Jackson Dinky for 900 bucks, including all the hardware needed to finish it.
I thought it would be easy, but my inexperience proved me wrong. The work has been hard but fun and I can't wait to finish her.

The story follows below:
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2017, 08:26:58 pm »

When I got it, the body was covered in wall pvc by the looks of things. The wood was not sanded properly before painting, so there are visible bumps and imperfections on the surface.


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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 08:32:29 pm »

Can of paint stripper, oscillating sander and a ton of elbow grease later, I managed to sand down the entire guitar and neck. The body actually has a really pretty grain, so I decided to stain instead of painting. (I left the cavities like a lazy person. I'm gonna scrape them out when I insulate them later)


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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2017, 08:35:40 pm »

Stained the body and neck with ebony stain, mixed with thinners for a nice "light black".


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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2017, 08:48:51 pm »

Then comes the fun bit. Not being content with simply painting the guitar, I decided to make it unique - This is where its name comes in.

The dragon language of Skyrim is very similar to old nordic runes. I got the font set from a community site dedicated to teaching, speaking and writing thereof (www.thuum.org). Using the font I had a stencil made on a piece of A3 projector film. I then found a poem in standard alphabet, and translated it to the runic alphabet. This was then etched into the guitar with a pencil.



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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2017, 08:52:43 pm »

Using a heavy craft knife and 5 replacement blades, I carved each rune out of the guitar. This is extremely stressful and taxing on ones hands at first, but eventually becomes second nature. This step took around 20-25 hours.


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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2017, 09:06:44 pm »

I then ordered 100g of photo-luminescent powder (At a brutal R350!).
This stuff is awesome. A few minutes in the sun and its glow is visible even in ambient indoor daylight.

At first we mixed it with fibreglass resin and filled the runes. This worked well at first but came with complications. The resin seeps into the wood leaving a very grainy surface, as well as spilling where it shouldn't. After filling and sanding my stain was ruined and restaining filled the grainy bits in the runes, resulting is a terrible looking mess.  Unfortunately I ran out of Easter weekend at this point so I had to put the project on hold (till the end of May). There is a silver lining however, as my Nail tech stepmom volunteered to clean out and refill the runes with a mixture of nail acrylic and the glow powder. This works surprisingly well and leaves a rock hard, smooth, flush surface.

I'll update the thread once I start working again. Hope you guys find this as cool as I do.

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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2017, 09:13:24 pm »

That is seriously epic

Well done, looks awesome!
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2017, 07:33:48 am »

Nice work, and nice photos- always cool to see projects documented well.

Looking forward to seeing how this ends up.
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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2017, 09:33:25 am »

That is amazing! I wouldn't easily do that to my current guitar cos I like how it looks... I would do something like that to a more plain guitar though.
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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2017, 09:44:58 am »

Now that's original - love the flouro idea! 

I'd think it's gonna tricky to get the edges sharp on the runes - I was wondering if it would have been easier to cast resin inlays to install, instead of trying to fill the etchings? More PT though, it would have meant two rounds of carving - heish!

Nice one, keep us posted!

 

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« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2017, 12:20:02 pm »

Great work man, this looks really cool!
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« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2017, 12:32:17 pm »

Noyce! I dig it.

At first, when I saw the etching I thought, "Noooooooo!"

But now I'm like, "YEAAAAAH!" Wink
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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2017, 01:23:28 pm »

Noyce! I dig it.

At first, when I saw the etching I thought, "Noooooooo!"

But now I'm like, "YEAAAAAH!" Wink

My thoughts exactly! Very Intriguing!
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« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2017, 02:33:53 pm »

Runed guitars. Nice ring to it and an awesome project outcome.
Very original concept Lu.
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