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Help: Why not paint a guitar?

GUEST,999 07 Aug 11 - 03:49 PM
Tootler 07 Aug 11 - 05:07 PM
GUEST,999 07 Aug 11 - 05:14 PM
Jack Campin 07 Aug 11 - 07:08 PM
Jack Campin 07 Aug 11 - 08:29 PM
dick greenhaus 07 Aug 11 - 09:29 PM
Barbara 07 Aug 11 - 09:29 PM
GUEST,leeneia 08 Aug 11 - 10:59 AM
Backwoodsman 08 Aug 11 - 11:14 AM
Backwoodsman 08 Aug 11 - 11:16 AM
Jack Campin 08 Aug 11 - 11:22 AM
PHJim 08 Aug 11 - 02:09 PM
PHJim 08 Aug 11 - 02:14 PM
Beer 08 Aug 11 - 02:34 PM
Backwoodsman 08 Aug 11 - 03:28 PM
Tootler 08 Aug 11 - 03:43 PM
Jack the Sailor 08 Aug 11 - 03:43 PM
Jack the Sailor 08 Aug 11 - 05:57 PM
GUEST,Guest from Sanity 09 Aug 11 - 02:09 AM
Bee-dubya-ell 09 Aug 11 - 09:57 AM
Dave Hanson 09 Aug 11 - 10:35 AM
GUEST,Doug Saum 09 Aug 11 - 11:52 AM
Jim Dixon 09 Aug 11 - 02:14 PM
open mike 09 Aug 11 - 03:44 PM
Jack the Sailor 09 Aug 11 - 03:55 PM
John Hardly 09 Aug 11 - 04:14 PM
Willie-O 10 Aug 11 - 10:58 AM
Jack Campin 10 Aug 11 - 11:15 AM
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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: GUEST,999
Date: 07 Aug 11 - 03:49 PM

Chevy me arse. He's a Ford guy I think. Ya know

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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Tootler
Date: 07 Aug 11 - 05:07 PM

I have a bright red Uke. It came like it. Does that count?

It's only a cheapo job and needs new strings but I need to get a round tuit first.

Then again there's a uke workshop at Saltburn next weekend so maybe I should get the aforesaid round tuit.


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: GUEST,999
Date: 07 Aug 11 - 05:14 PM

Just for you, Tootler.


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 07 Aug 11 - 07:08 PM

This has to be the archetypal MySpace user:

Me with my custom vomit painted guitar


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 07 Aug 11 - 08:29 PM

And who wouldn't want their guitar to look like this?

guitar with Gaudí style tiling


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 07 Aug 11 - 09:29 PM

Ignoring whit the result might look like , there's a reason for not painting an acoustic guitar. Paint is, in simple terms, varnish with a powdered pigment added. Paint weighs more than varnish. And adding weight to the soundboard of a guitar can only mute it, at least to some extent.


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Barbara
Date: 07 Aug 11 - 09:29 PM

Me.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 10:59 AM

I have a relative in the paint business. He tells me that paint has two basic components - the resin and the tint. The tint merely gives color. The resin is a chemical formulation which forms a two-dimensional sheet as it 'dries.' Drying isn't just a matter of letting the water or thinner evaporate. It's a matter of allowing the molecules in the resin to connect with each other in all directions and form a sheet.

The main job of a guitar top is to bounce along with the sound, to resonate and make the sound rich and beautiful. It doesn't make sense to coat it with a solid layer of plastic and make it rigid. Possibly the effect would be minimal, but the only way to find out is to risk damaging the instrument. Not worth it, in my view.


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 11:14 AM

This Guy has painted a number, and very beautiful they are too.


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 11:16 AM

Oooops, pressed 'Go' too soon!

I believe he removes the lacquer before putting his amazing artwork on there. Very impressive.


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 11:22 AM

adding weight to the soundboard of a guitar can only mute it, at least to some extent

You say that like it's a bad thing.

Artex with an overcoat of Hammerite should do nicely.


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: PHJim
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 02:09 PM

I once bought an old O-21 to see if I could save it. It was restored by the folks at Ed's Music Workshop in Peterborough and is now residing in British Columbia.

O-21 from 192?


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: PHJim
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 02:14 PM

192? O-21

I screwed up the previous link.


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Beer
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 02:34 PM

Backwoodsman, i love what that fellow did with cheap guitars. I have 4 in my garage. Now to find someone that can do some fancy painting. I think it's s a great idea and I bet they will sell a lot higher at a yard sale.
ad.


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 03:28 PM

He did it to at least one Martin too. CFM & Co. were mightily impressed - included a feature on it in 'Sounding Board', so I'm led to believe!

BTW, he's an artist. I don't think it matters to him what quality of guitar he's painting on. There are a number of extremely fine Old Masters in The National Gallery, London which are painted on, amongst other things than canvas, wooden boards - no less a piece of exceptional art for that.


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Tootler
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 03:43 PM

Thanks, Guest 999

Got one and ordered a set of strings today. Just hope they arrive in time.


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 03:43 PM

The one time I saw Seamus perform (8 years ago?) he had a black guitar with a Guiness logo. Coincidentally, I am sure, he bought me a Guiness. I would be sorry to hear that he lost the sponsorship.


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 08 Aug 11 - 05:57 PM

seamus guitar


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 09 Aug 11 - 02:09 AM

Help: Why not paint a guitar?

SLAP!

GfS


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 09 Aug 11 - 09:57 AM

The main reason to NOT paint a guitar is to avoid the embarassment of overhearing someone say, "Look at how that idiot screwed up a perfectly good guitar!"


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 09 Aug 11 - 10:35 AM

Frank Wakefield famously re-painted his Gibson F5 Lloyd Loar mandolin with red auto paint, then put it in a hot oven to cure it.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: GUEST,Doug Saum
Date: 09 Aug 11 - 11:52 AM

In the mid 70's I took my Tobacco Sunburst Fender Stratocaster (1964 vintage)stripped the paint and finished it with a coat of clear acrylic. Before the recent recession my creative impulse removed about $5,000 off the appraised value of the guitar. I won't sell it anyway, but those who may be in a similar position might want to think twice before you start sanding.


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Aug 11 - 02:14 PM

Here's an artist, Mama Jamie, who decorates all kinds of things including a guitar, a piano, and body parts (with henna). The guitar is interesting, but I like the piano better. I don't think you can do much damage to a piano by painting it.

I think if I wanted to decorate a guitar, I would want a Celtic knotwork design, or maybe Aztec, or maybe Northwest Indian. Might as well stick with a traditional motif. (Those images aren't guitars, they're just examples of traditional styles I happen to like.)


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: open mike
Date: 09 Aug 11 - 03:44 PM

Robert Armwstrong has some painted guitars an dukes he has done
http://www.elderly.com/new_instruments/items/HAWX.htm
http://www.armstrongartandnoveltyhut.com/
he also plays musical saw..and is currently gigging with Sourdough Slim
the cowboy yodelling accordion player..

here is a video of me playing my painted guitar...
http://www.myspace.com/laurelwoodsorrel/videos/video/64359202

it has a desert scene with a fellow and two burros.
the fellow is Everett Reuss http://everettruess.net/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everett_Ruess


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 09 Aug 11 - 03:55 PM

The martin custom shop will paint most anything on a guitar they sell you, but like brain surgery, do it yourself at your own risk.


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: John Hardly
Date: 09 Aug 11 - 04:14 PM

Or would you like to paint a guitar?
Use a brush, or spray from a jar?
Would you like to paint a guitar?
Or add a cutaway instead?

A cutaway is easy, if you know what to do
Access a bandsaw and some glue
Cut what you don't want, save what you do
It's just plain stupid to keep a bout you don't use
And by the way, looks like the bridge is lifting too
You may just need a screw or two.

Screws are a very special luthier's tool
Trusting glue alone is just for fools
So reinforce that bridge plate with a number 8 steel
Or maybe a smaller number 6, just judge it by feel
And by the way, if that pickguard starts to lift
A staple gun can be so nift

y


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Willie-O
Date: 10 Aug 11 - 10:58 AM

I'll go you one better...a few years ago I saw a bar band musician with a 1960 Stratocaster--that should be worth about $30,000, folks. It had a very unusual, uneven brown colour. I asked him about it and he said, "yeah, my son borrowed it for the weekend, didn't tell me he was going to do a Jimi Hendrix treatment, with the lighter fluid and all..."

I believe he has no son now, and got a suspended sentence for justifiable homicide...

W-O


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 10 Aug 11 - 11:15 AM

I'd reach for the paint stripper as well if anybody asked me to live with an instrument finished in tobacco sunburst.

What is the attraction (to a shit-for-brains guitar gourmet) of a finish that makes your instrument look like it's been abused for decades by a chainsmoking failure from the age of Elvis?


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Subject: RE: Help: Why not paint a guitar?
From: Willie-O
Date: 10 Aug 11 - 11:17 AM

Also, if you want to run for US president...like this guy McCotter (whoever he is).

Looks like an accountant trying to rock out, patriotically...in this case though, the paint job doesn't hurt the sound.

W-O


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