Making a 49ers Guitar – Part 3 – Priming

In the midst of all the design exploration, I actually needed to get to work on the actual guitar itself. We are going to be painting this thing after all.

Last night we went ahead and covered the body and neck in primer to allow for a smooth and flat painting surface. I used an air compressor and some paint thinner to remove all of the dust and oil from the sanded body. It was amazing to see how much sanding residue remained on the guitar. After that we applied painting tape to parts of the body, protecting them from the primer. As you can guess, this including things like the fretboard and pickups. What you may be forgetting are things like the hole leading to the truss bar and the jack, which we were smart enough to remember.

Check out the pictures below and stay tuned for the sanding/smoothing process and more design explorations!

Our painting rig in Jenn's basement

Our painting rig in Jenn's basement

Almost done, and yes I missed a spot

Almost done, and yes I missed a spot

Totally artsy.

Totally artsy.

Next step: Sanding and smoothing!

For Part One, click here.
For Part Two, click here.

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Posted on July 17, 2008, in Custom Guitar Series, UNC Charlotte and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This is all well and good but where are the updates? Snap to it, buddy! I expect to see the guitar finished tomorrow. And don’t give me that “Oh, but I’m out of the country” song and dance.

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