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1. Today's Q & A: Your Questions Answered
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1. TODAY'S Q&A: Your Questions Answered

Q: I'm considering buying a Stellar Les Paul copy to refinish. These guitars now have a set neck, not a bolt on neck like the ones you mentioned in your book. How much more work is involved with a set neck? Should I look for a bolt on?

A: I purchased two of the Stellar Les Pauls last year when I saw that they were now set-necks. Honestly though, the new set-neck versions do not play very well. To me, the bolt-on version was much better. On the new models, the frets seem smaller and there's buzzy notes everywhere on the neck. I wish I could say that these guitars are incredible, but I can't. For the price, it's a good deal. But playability-wise, the Les Paul copies that I imported from Taiwan last year (and will be carrying again very soon) are far superior to these (maybe that's why the ones I got are a little more expensive).

I don't want to discourage you from buying one if you have your eye on one - but just be prepared that they might not play as good as you want them to.

Now, to answer your question regarding what's involved with painting a set-neck, I'll be covering this in a newsletter at the end of this month, so hang in there.

 

Q: Can I sand my color coats before applying the clear coats?

A: I don't recommend sanding base color coats (or any color coats) because...

1: You run the risk of scratching the color coats when sanding it leaving permanent scratches in the color
AND
2: You also run the risk of sanding THROUGH the color coats.

Don't take the chance on either of these happening. If you follow the steps as I've outlined in my books, you'll arrive at a factory finish - no question about it. I don't sand my color coats and I get awesome finishes! (not bragging - just stating the truth)

 

Q: Can I use Minwax sanding sealer?

A: Minwax makes a sealer that is lacquer-based and they make one that is urethane-based. You can use the lacquer-based version if you wish.

However, I'm not a fan of the urethane-based Minwax sanding sealer. I don't like anything about it. If you use it, remember - I didn't tell you to use it.

 

Q: Do you advise clear glossing over the 5150 decal? or does it go on last?

A: Yes, you can, but what I've been told by some who have done it, the clear coating seems to kill the hollogram effect of the letters. So, you may want to apply it after the clear has been applied and buffed out.

 

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See you soon...

John Gleneicki
Author - The PaintYourOwnGuitar.com Book Series
Email: questions@paintyourownguitar.com
AOL IM: paintyourownaxe

John Gleneicki has been painting guitars professionally for over 25 years.
He's a former Guitar WORLD Columnist and has also done
custom airbrush work for such companies as ESP Guitars.

 

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