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    Getting the Red Out - Color Coats Are Done

    I've got a red electric guitar called a Variax. It's a cool guitar, but I've never liked red guitars, so this evening I started the process of changing the color. I figured I'd show the progress as things move along. (I'm putting this in the Off Topic area, since it's not really woodworking, and it's not really a finishing question or answer.)

    Here's what I started with...



    You might have noticed there are no normal pickups on this guitar. The pickups are actually built into the bridge. The Variax is more of an electronic guitar than an electric guitar. It can emulate dozens of different guitars, and it does a pretty presentable job of it. But because of all the electronics, it was a bit trickier to disassemble that a typical electric guitar. Under the white pick guard is a few circuit boards, and everything is connected with various multi-pin connectors. Here's a poor-quality photo of the innards...



    And here's the guitar with all the innards (and neck and bridge) removed...



    The back side also has a compartment where the batteries go...



    Since I didn't want to remove the wiring harnesses, I simply taped over everything...



    And the back...



    I failed to take any pics, but after I got everything taped up, I scuff sanded the whole body with 320 grit sandpaper. (At that point, I was pretty much committed to finishing the job.) After thoroughly cleaning off any dust, I shot a few coats of flat rattle can primer on it. No pics of that, either, because it's dark outside, and that's where the body is hanging.

    I'll update this thread as things continue tomorrow.
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    A great start Vaughn. Its good to take something like that and make it your own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    A great start Vaughn. Its good to take something like that and make it your own.

    So . . . who beat you with a red guitar that caused this red-git aversion?
    this could be a good story and waiting to hear the answer
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    Getting the Red Out

    Well, years ago back when I was a red-headed stepchild orphan playing the blues circuit down south, I met a beautiful girl named Pamela. Her favorite color was red, and she was attracted me because of my hair color. Before i knew it, everything in my life was red. Red car, red shoes, Red Ryder BB gun, you name it, it was red. (Well, except for my toothbrush, because everyone knows red toothbrushes are just creepy.) We eventually fell in love, married, and had eight kids. But all of the kids had black hair, and this caused a big rift between Pamela and me. She accused me of cheating on her, and I accused her of being biologically ignorant. Things went from bad to worse when she sold all the kids to a car wash and ran off with the owner's cousin. So I bleached my hair blond, gave up the blues circuit, and the rest, as they say, is history.

    Actually, I just never liked the color red.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Well, years ago back when I was a red-headed stepchild orphan playing the blues circuit down south, I met a beautiful girl named Pamela. Her favorite color was red, and she was attracted me because of my hair color. Before i knew it, everything in my life was red. Red car, red shoes, Red Ryder BB gun, you name it, it was red. (Well, except for my toothbrush, because everyone knows red toothbrushes are just creepy.) We eventually fell in love, married, and had eight kids. But all of the kids had black hair, and this caused a big rift between Pamela and me. She accused me of cheating on her, and I accused her of being biologically ignorant. Things went from bad to worse when she sold all the kids to a car wash and ran off with the owner's cousin. So I bleached my hair blond, gave up the blues circuit, and the rest, as they say, is history.

    Actually, I just never liked the color red.
    Gads, that just sounds like Vaughn. I wonder if he owns an organic fertilizer company? Or maybe he is half of that chewing tobacco company, Bull DerHam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Well, years ago back when I was a red-headed stepchild orphan playing the blues circuit down south, I met a beautiful girl named Pamela. Her favorite color was red, and she was attracted me because of my hair color. Before i knew it, everything in my life was red. Red car, red shoes, Red Ryder BB gun, you name it, it was red. (Well, except for my toothbrush, because everyone knows red toothbrushes are just creepy.) We eventually fell in love, married, and had eight kids. But all of the kids had black hair, and this caused a big rift between Pamela and me. She accused me of cheating on her, and I accused her of being biologically ignorant. Things went from bad to worse when she sold all the kids to a car wash and ran off with the owner's cousin. So I bleached my hair blond, gave up the blues circuit, and the rest, as they say, is history.

    ....
    ^^^True story....
    That owners cousin just so happened to be my grandfather from my fathers side. 'Big Red' folks called him! Story goes, or so I've been lead to believe, that
    Big Red was originally nick-named 'Blackie' for his notorious black hair. Evidently he was caught playing with another man's music box, and upon discovery
    was beaten over the head with a 'Red' guitar belonging to the 'Big' blues-playing star{ hence the 'Big Red' moniker}. Grandpa ended up marrying a divorced women with 8
    kids that he met via his cousin. The guitar of course was repainted to avoid criminal charges. The Blues player died....his hair that is, grew it out & became a singer
    in a rock & roll band and keeps his true identity well hidden under the guise of a well-renowned wood-turner. He was recently spotted playing the underground club
    circuit out west. Well that's all for now, I need to go relieve my great-uncle running the car wash.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cook View Post
    ^^^True story....
    That owners cousin just so happened to be my grandfather from my fathers side. 'Big Red' folks called him! Story goes, or so I've been lead to believe, that
    Big Red was originally nick-named 'Blackie' for his notorious black hair. Evidently he was caught playing with another man's music box, and upon discovery
    was beaten over the head with a 'Red' guitar belonging to the 'Big' blues-playing star{ hence the 'Big Red' moniker}. Grandpa ended up marrying a divorced women with 8
    kids that he met via his cousin. The guitar of course was repainted to avoid criminal charges. The Blues player died....his hair that is, grew it out & became a singer
    in a rock & roll band and keeps his true identity well hidden under the guise of a well-renowned wood-turner. He was recently spotted playing the underground club
    circuit out west. Well that's all for now, I need to go relieve my great-uncle running the car wash. ...
    Wow! Small world, huh?
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    The things you learn about people on a woodworking forum!

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