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Old 02-24-2019, 10:02 AM   #406
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It's difficult to photograph the color I'm seeing, actually. It's more blue than I can capture. Maybe video in the morning light.


The purple in the knot is pleasing

And I love the way the white stuck to the tiny light grains.


It brightens the overall color, but there's some depth from the contrast.

It looks pretty home made when I get up close, but I think after a couple more coats of straight oil, it will even out some of the blotchy areas and look better. I just hope I don't lose any of the current color when I do that. It's pretty perfect vs what I had in my head color wise.
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Old 02-24-2019, 10:03 AM   #407
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Wow, that is sharp.
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Old 02-24-2019, 10:10 AM   #408
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What color pickguard ya got in mind?
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Old 02-24-2019, 11:38 AM   #409
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FWIW, I'm a fan of that color gradient. Here's pics of my favorite piece of pottery at home to help visualize how some other colors may go with it. One pic on the shelf and another set down on the carpet for an interior view:

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Old 02-24-2019, 11:55 AM   #410
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Interesting, I wonder how a cranberry pick-guard would look?
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Old 02-24-2019, 12:27 PM   #411
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I'm thinking white, or off-white.

Cranberry would pop, though.
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Old 02-24-2019, 12:49 PM   #412
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I have a white one that I've already modified to accept the deeper intrusion of the neck from the mistake I made with the scale length. I was looking at it last night, and I think I want to cut the lower horn off so it doesn't cover that pretty wood.
Maybe like this
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Old 02-24-2019, 01:03 PM   #413
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There are clear pickguards.
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Old 02-24-2019, 03:58 PM   #414
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Yah, but then you'd see inside the cavities. Next guitar may have back routed pick up cavities and controls so I can go without one.
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Old 02-24-2019, 07:33 PM   #415
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There are clear pickguards.
Paint the underside of the clear pick guard black or cranberry or whatever where it covers the cavities. You can extend the design to incorporate any image you like, anything that complements the grain and color on the body that needs protection but you don't want obscured.
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Old 02-24-2019, 07:57 PM   #416
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Mask off and frost (sandblast) the underside where it covers those areas, put window decals on (H-D?); or, even affix family photos there. Stay away from tacky stuff like hundred dollar bills.
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Old 02-24-2019, 08:49 PM   #417
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Or how about this?


I like the creativity though. I've never seen a clear pick guard with the naughty bits occluded. That might look cool. This one has always been light turquoise with a white pick guard, though.

Pick guards are pretty cheap. If the electronics didn't attach to them, it might be cool to have a few choices like phone cases. That could even be a selling point. Just have to design the guitar to mount electronics to the body independent of the pick guard... And maybe come up with a way to change it easily with the strings on.
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:17 PM   #418
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When I tested straight oil on the test spots, it made the blue darker, so I did this penultimate coat with oil and white dye only. No thinner. Let it sit for a good hour, then rubbed back. It gets greasy feeling and is hard to wipe. It softens and gets easier as you work at it. The pic in the last post was the dyed oil sitting on it. This is the result:


It's just a little richer

One final coat tomorrow night, then rest for few days, and then I can assemble the fucking thing already.
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:28 PM   #419
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The neck! Forgot all about oiling that up.

First coat!

Wow. The lace wood really pops


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Old 02-24-2019, 10:19 PM   #420
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Why is it so red in the last picture?
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