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sergiodeblanc
01-21-2013, 08:34 PM
Zero budget, Rattle Cans, in a one bedroom apartment, freezing weather, ten day time period to get painted and polyed, while moving out of said apartment. Yes, I am doing it wrong thanks for letting me know but I've been doing things wrong for awhile.

Enjoy.


Got this in a box, the head will be sold/traded for the remainder of the budget.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1040_zps824ac714.jpg



The body was covered in a THICK faux flame maple-type substance that chipped off. I got the guitar this way, I have no idea what it was or what the guy who did this was thinking. That said: No judgements from me, if you own a guitar it is your to do what you wish with it.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1042_zpsb92e7ac5.jpg


Blue goo chunks.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1044_zps17733756.jpg



More in the neck pocket, as thick as a penny!

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1045_zps132b90e1.jpg

justmund
01-21-2013, 08:37 PM
what the? If a thin finish is better for tone, that thing probably sounded like a wet sock!

sergiodeblanc
01-21-2013, 08:38 PM
Masked and painted in living room in front of open window. It is 9 degrees outside, and now drying in a warm bathroom.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1047_zps1aef59ef.jpg

Shawn@PRS
01-21-2013, 08:40 PM
This was already refinished at one time?

sergiodeblanc
01-21-2013, 08:42 PM
what the? If a thin finish is better for tone, that thing probably sounded like a wet sock!

It very well may have, I did not get a chance to play it assembled. It seems a few people have started this project and bailed, however I am diligent and will not rest until I paint every blue PRS in the world.

sergiodeblanc
01-21-2013, 08:44 PM
This was already refinished at one time?

Yes sir, with that thick blue "goo" that simulated flame maple. I have never seen anything so thick on any guitar.

rugerpc
01-21-2013, 08:47 PM
...however I am diligent and will not rest until I paint every blue PRS in the world.



:box:

Back away from my (factory) blue guitars, dude....

I agree that yours was sadly in need though. Lookin' good so far!

sergiodeblanc
01-21-2013, 08:48 PM
:box:

Back away from my (factory) blue guitars, dude....

They might do best to check my backpack at Experience.

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
01-21-2013, 08:50 PM
Way cool!

Shawn@PRS
01-21-2013, 08:51 PM
It's looking good Sergio

Are you leaving it white, or is there more to come?

Dirty Bob
01-21-2013, 08:57 PM
Much better! That blue gunk was....well gunky!

justmund
01-21-2013, 09:03 PM
What does the MODCAT sticker say? Interesting to find out what colour is was originally...

rugerpc
01-21-2013, 09:06 PM
What does the MODCAT sticker say? Interesting to find out what colour is was originally...

Well, you can bet it wasn't "Emisis Blue" originally...

sergiodeblanc
01-21-2013, 09:14 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;43090']Way cool!

:biggrin:

It's looking good Sergio

Are you leaving it white, or is there more to come?

I'm on the fence, but I'm leaning towards white w/ natural back. Initially I wanted Gold Top/ White back, but some personal issues have sped up my time table. Unless you could point me to a source for that bangin' MD faux Louis Vuitton print!


Much better! That blue gunk was....well gunky!

Truth.

What does the MODCAT sticker say? Interesting to find out what colour is was originally...

I'm pretty sure it was turquoise, I'll check after I peel the tape off the Modcat.

LSchefman
01-21-2013, 09:20 PM
So far so good...

sergiodeblanc
01-21-2013, 09:22 PM
So far so good...

Plenty of time left to screw it up.

Hopeful Sinner
01-21-2013, 09:48 PM
I'm thinking my next will be Jet White...

Looking good Sergio!!!!

dbonanno
01-21-2013, 11:24 PM
That would make a good base for a nice gold top. ;)

sergiodeblanc
01-22-2013, 12:51 AM
I'm thinking my next will be Jet White...

Looking good Sergio!!!!

Thanks Jon, if I have any left over spray paint I can send it your way. :girl:


That would make a good base for a nice gold top. ;)

That was my initial plan, maybe for round two.

Due to the incredible generosity of our forum membership my plans continue to evolve and change by the hour. I can't say how "blessed" I am to be involved with you fellows, and I rarely use such terminology lightly. Thank you all for the positive reinforcement, it is starting to make this guitar even more special to me.

bluefade
01-22-2013, 04:32 AM
Zero budget, Rattle Cans, in a one bedroom apartment, freezing weather, ten day time period to get painted and polyed, while moving out of said apartment. Yes, I am doing it wrong thanks for letting me know but I've been doing things wrong for awhile.

Enjoy.


Got this in a box, the head will be sold/traded for the remainder of the budget.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1040_zps824ac714.jpg



The body was covered in a THICK faux flame maple-type substance that chipped off. I got the guitar this way, I have no idea what it was or what the guy who did this was thinking. That said: No judgements from me, if you own a guitar it is your to do what you wish with it.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1042_zpsb92e7ac5.jpg


Blue goo chunks.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1044_zps17733756.jpg



More in the neck pocket, as thick as a penny!

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1045_zps132b90e1.jpg

WHAT IS A DIMEBAG ???

JustRob
01-22-2013, 06:27 AM
No dimebag I've ever had contained a project that looks like so much fun :laugh:
Can't wait to see the evolution. (And stay away from my blue guitar.)

rugerpc
01-22-2013, 07:16 AM
I hope you haven't thrown away all those little blue chips yet. You should superglue a small full-thickness chip to the inside of one of the cavaties to preserve a bit of the guitar's history and provenance....

Mike Duncan
01-22-2013, 09:47 AM
Go for the Goldtop!

sergiodeblanc
01-22-2013, 12:36 PM
WHAT IS A DIMEBAG ???

A very small unit of weed, it's my feeble attempt at a play on words referring to the television show "Design on a Dime"


I hope you haven't thrown away all those little blue chips yet. You should superglue a small full-thickness chip to the inside of one of the cavaties to preserve a bit of the guitar's history and provenance....

They gone!

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
01-22-2013, 12:39 PM
A very small unit of weed...

Legal in "ColoRasta Springs". :) Gold parts on the way, Sergio.

sergiodeblanc
01-22-2013, 12:41 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;43232']Legal in "ColoRasta Springs". :) Gold parts on the way, Sergio.

My homie.

John Beef
01-22-2013, 12:48 PM
I love a good project.

VHTStark
01-22-2013, 03:03 PM
Love that you're giving that CE a new life! Can't wait to see the final project Sergio!!

sergiodeblanc
01-22-2013, 07:43 PM
Alright only nine days left.

Second coat today. I had to redo the treble horn masking line, as there was a little bit of blue still showing on the line. This seemed like the most important thing to mask properly as it is the one area that I can't give a final scrape to. I am hoping the paint will be dry enough at some point tomorrow to scrape the natural binding and give it a base coat of poly.

While the apartment is fuggin' freezing, the bathroom is close to a million degrees if I close the door. I'm hoping that will help cure it enough for me to put my mitts all over it tomorrow night, add the danger of tacky white paint and copious amounts of stray black cat hair, I feel like I'm doing alright.

Once the natural back and binding have a coat of poly they will "pop" a little more. Here are the bad pics.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1050_zps249e2f55.jpg

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1048_zps99564d45.jpg

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1051_zpsb89f551a.jpg

Shawn@PRS
01-22-2013, 07:57 PM
very nicely done. Or to coin a phrase, Bangin'

dbonanno
01-22-2013, 08:24 PM
Looks great!
I'm not sure what you mean by "scraping" but Fine Line tape will help prevent any jagged edges.

sergiodeblanc
01-22-2013, 08:40 PM
very nicely done. Or to coin a phrase, Bangin'

Thanks Shawn that means a lot coming from you.



Looks great!
I'm not sure what you mean by "scraping" but Fine Line tape will help prevent any jagged edges.

The top edges of the "binding" is scraped with a blade, as I understand it, to expose some of the binding on the top of the guitar. Take a look and you will see about 1/16" on most PRS.

swede71
01-24-2013, 01:51 PM
What kind of white is that Sergio?

sergiodeblanc
01-24-2013, 03:37 PM
What kind of white is that Sergio?

Sergio BLANC! :girl:

swede71
01-25-2013, 03:40 AM
Cool name for a color :D

rugerpc
01-27-2013, 01:26 PM
very nicely done. Or to coin a phrase, Bangin'

+1

sergiodeblanc
01-27-2013, 01:41 PM
Yeah so it's been a few days...

The guitar's base coat has been sanded, polyed, sanded, and finally late last night I gave it a top coat. I moved my "spray booth" from my open living room window to the entrance hallway of my apartment building. I stood at the top of the stairs spraying the poly while trying not to leave any glossy evidence on any of the walls, I'm usually a very respectful tenet but sometimes things in life happen that can turn you into a selfish person, and that is just where I am at right now.

I have to have this top coated and ready to move to another location to cure, all the while move all of my personal belongings and home studio to that same location. I would like to think that if my situation were different I would be spending more attention to detail, but as I stated earlier I only have ten days.... well, now only five of those ten days are left!

It may not be easy to see from my pictures but, the clear coats have made the natural back and binding really "pop". I am pleased with the color and the way the opaque top contrasts with the natural elements of the guitar, I really think PRS has some of the coolest ideas when it comes to finishes, and their run of Custom 24's with this same motif knocked me out while perusing Ebay.

Earlier in the week I received a package of "Gumby Gold" from my new favorite person in the state of Colorasta. I feel very fortunate to find out that the gatekeeper of the gold at the end of the rainbow is not a leprechaun as was once reported, but rather a shoeless dutchman with a huge heart! :star:

I remember Paul talking about the fact that he started building guitars because he just couldn't afford to go and buy them. Well at this point in my life I am not in a position to throw down the cash for a new PRS either, but I do like to think that through the support and help of this forum and it's members, along with the same motivations that lead Paul to build his first guitar, his spirit is guiding my rescue of this fine CE that more than a few people gave up on.

Okay, crappy pics!

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1053_zpsf9efbc8c.jpg


http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1054_zps76f90e70.jpg

Shawn@PRS
01-27-2013, 03:03 PM
Looking good Sergio, I can't wait to see it assembled

sergiodeblanc
01-27-2013, 05:44 PM
Looking good Sergio, I can't wait to see it assembled

Thanks, me neither! I am at the hardest stage in refinishing projects for me personally; WAITING! I have it cooking in the hottest bathroom north of the ones in hell, but waiting a month before buffing and assembly is gonna be hard. I always seem to pick projects like this in February.... I'm sure it can't be because it's the shortest month.:flute:

rugerpc
01-27-2013, 06:32 PM
The back, we wanna see the back, bro!

sergiodeblanc
01-27-2013, 08:16 PM
The back, we wanna see the back, bro!

I'm always ready to give you a shot of my backside Bill.:wink:

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1058_zpsfdaf3a33.jpg



You will have to excuse the glare, but in person there really appears to be quite a bit of figure in the mahogany. One of the cool things about CE's were if I understand correctly, that they were made from material that fit outside the PRS grading system. The top was kinda plain and still had some of the bluish stain in some areas so doing something like Vintage Yellow was out of the question, I chose a natural back only because of time constraints, and am kinda psyched about the natural... so I got that going for me, which is nice.

Herr Squid
01-27-2013, 09:04 PM
Lookin' good! Sergio Blanc with a natural back seems like a no-brainer to me!

Do be aware that the term "leprechaun" has some, er, emotional baggage for the old-timers, so be careful about throwing it around.

LSchefman
01-27-2013, 09:29 PM
Props to you, Sergio! That is looking like one heck of a great rescue.

sergiodeblanc
01-27-2013, 10:12 PM
Lookin' good! Sergio Blanc with a natural back seems like a no-brainer to me!

Do be aware that the term "leprechaun" has some, er, emotional baggage for the old-timers, so be careful about throwing it around.

Ha! I'm sure Hans knows I would never compare him to that fellow from Las Vegas. I don't think it's fair that he has ruined the reputation of the fine Leprechaun citizens around the world, I have friends who are Leprechauns and hold them in the highest esteem!


Props to you, Sergio! That is looking like one heck of a great rescue.

Thanks Les! I'm hoping it will fill the void I have for single coiled tones, I'm sure you understand the need.

Herr Squid
01-28-2013, 01:52 AM
Ha! I'm sure Hans knows I would never compare him to that fellow from Las Vegas. I don't think it's fair that he has ruined the reputation of the fine Leprechaun citizens around the world, I have friends who are Leprechauns and hold them in the highest esteem!


You knew what I was on about. Good man!!!

justmund
01-28-2013, 02:10 AM
Man you're making me want to sand the back of my CU22 soapy and make it a natural back. Awesome work!

Dirty Bob
01-28-2013, 07:12 AM
Looking good!

rugerpc
01-28-2013, 08:34 AM
I'm always ready to give you a shot of my backside Bill.:wink:

You will have to excuse the glare, but in person there really appears to be quite a bit of figure in the mahogany. One of the cool things about CE's were if I understand correctly, that they were made from material that fit outside the PRS grading system. The top was kinda plain and still had some of the bluish stain in some areas so doing something like Vintage Yellow was out of the question, I chose a natural back only because of time constraints, and am kinda psyched about the natural... so I got that going for me, which is nice.

Woo hoo! lookin' good...

and it's the dancing girl's backsides I really want to see. Serg....

Blackbird
01-28-2013, 08:40 AM
http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1053_zpsf9efbc8c.jpg


http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1054_zps76f90e70.jpg
http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab156/ahogfan80/Ay29K_zps152e20ea.gif

Shawn@PRS
01-28-2013, 09:23 AM
http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab156/ahogfan80/Ay29K_zps152e20ea.gif

Hahaha :congrats:

themike
01-28-2013, 10:20 AM
Hahaha

Shawn - PTC and Sergio are turning out too many white guitars this week - we may need to change the colorscheme of the 7 ;) hahahah

John Beef
02-04-2013, 11:48 AM
Updates?

sergiodeblanc
02-04-2013, 12:30 PM
Updates?

I just moved over the weekend and need to find the box with my camera in it, but there are some new thing happening!

Brad737
02-05-2013, 05:48 AM
I've painted guitar or two in my youth. I can say that it's certainly not as easy as one might think. From the looks of it, you're doing a bang up job. Pics look good so far!

sergiodeblanc
02-05-2013, 05:24 PM
It would seem that baking the guitar in my old apartments bathroom has significantly speed up the curing time for the poly finish. I have painted guitars before and let them sit for thirty days and still wound up with "soft" spots, I honestly did not think I would have been able to get around to sanding and polishing this until the end of this month, but when it's dry, it's dry!

First things first, let me say what a wonderful job the robots at the PRS factory do at maintaining ABSOLUTE precision when it comes to cutting these suckers out. I will be the first to admit I that I have not really lusted after any of the guitars made after 1994, mainly because of the subtle changes made to the pattern when they switched over to CNC machines. I still think the control divots look to "janky" and big, but the neck pocket on this CE is out of this world TIGHT! I had to make sure there was NO poly in the neck pocket just to get this sucker to slide in, my 93 CE 24 will expand and contract depending on the weather but in this dryer than dry winter.... well I'm impressed, and will pull the foot out of my mouth and concede that I was, um, "misguided" shall we say. I did purposely leave a little paint in the divots, and did a very very minor sanding job around the two bottom most divots to "mellow" out the crater-ish feel to them. So I have that going for me, which is nice.

I really wanted this to have the thinest coat of paint and poly as I could get away with, I used less than one whole can of spray poly on the entire body, so my grand total of cash invested in this part of the project is way under $40 US. That includes the $20 I payed for the buffing compound and the sandpaper, the PTC can whip me blind on every facet of repair, finish, experience and reconstruction, but nobody can beat my prices! (or the great time I had doing it.)

OK. No buffing wheel for me, no attachment for my power drill, I polished this baby like I do all of my wood; BY HAND! (sorry) Sure there is a little peel if you look deeply into the Blanc top, yeah there is a reason nobody uses a vibrating palm sander when doing finish work, but I mean for $40 sprayed in front of an open window and hallway of an apartment, in the middle of the winter, in freezing temperatures.... I'm pleased enough to invoke the word: Bangin'!

Sorry for the crappy pics, but I was mostly trying to convey the fact that it's shinny, smooth, reflective, and with very little to no texture. The back ain't perfect but I will most likely scratch the hell out of it while wearing a rhinestone belt or something equally ridiculous. Oh! and I put my first scratch in it while screwing the neck on, so I got that out of the way already!


http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1082_zpsaea14ec0.jpg


http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1081_zps9f3de83f.jpg


Next up: Have you ever wondered what a sealed bag of original gold shared D&G winged tuners smells like? I have, and I will find out tomorrow.

dbonanno
02-05-2013, 05:39 PM
That's looks great!
Can't wait to see it finished. :)

Shawn@PRS
02-05-2013, 07:20 PM
Nicely done Sergio, I can't wait to see her strung up

Dirty Bob
02-05-2013, 07:56 PM
Very nice! Great job!

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
02-05-2013, 08:08 PM
Next up: Have you ever wondered what a sealed bag of original gold shared D&G winged tuners smells like? I have, and I will find out tomorrow.

Christmas Tree?

Oh wait... you said a bag of tuners.

sergiodeblanc
02-05-2013, 10:12 PM
That's looks great!
Can't wait to see it finished. :)


Nicely done Sergio, I can't wait to see her strung up


Very nice! Great job!

Thanks guys! I'm rounding the bend, I hope to have her together by Valentines Day.



-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;47645']Christmas Tree?

Oh wait... you said a bag of tuners.

I've had Acapulco Gold, so my expectations of Schaller German Gold are pretty high....

LSchefman
02-05-2013, 10:45 PM
I've had Acapulco Gold, so my expectations of Schaller German Gold are pretty high....

You have to be careful opening and sniffing a vintage tuner bag; it's like opening an ancient sealed tomb. There could be ancient microbes, spells, curses for disturbing the sacred contents, and who knows what-all.

I'd wear rubber gloves and a surgical mask before even attempting it.

Then again, I just like to wear rubber gloves and a surgical mask.

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
02-05-2013, 10:52 PM
So a guy goes to his family Doctor and says "I'm worried about VD."

The Doctor asked him what he uses for protection so the guy replies "a condom and rubber gloves."

The Doctor, puzzled by the response, asks him how is partner feels about that.

The guy looks at the Doctor with some degree of puzzlement - cocks his heads sideways - and says "Partner?"

LSchefman
02-06-2013, 09:46 AM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;47698']So a guy goes to his family Doctor and says "I'm worried about VD."

The Doctor asked him what he uses for protection so the guy replies "a condom and rubber gloves."

The Doctor, puzzled by the response, asks him how is partner feels about that.

The guy looks at the Doctor with some degree of puzzlement - cocks his heads sideways - and says "Partner?"

Hahaha! I love that one. Gotta remember it.

John Beef
02-06-2013, 10:29 AM
Nice!! Yeah, it's possible to bake on a finish for sure. My old house had a garage that faced to the west, and in the summers, in the heat of the afternoon with the sun baring down on it, it would be 110-115 outside and 125-130 in the garage. I sprayed a tele body once using Deft lacquer and put on about two full cans' worth and hung it in the garage. In three days I checked it and it was totally solid. Could have been ready in less time that that, I don't know.

sergiodeblanc
02-06-2013, 11:21 AM
Nice!! Yeah, it's possible to bake on a finish for sure. My old house had a garage that faced to the west, and in the summers, in the heat of the afternoon with the sun baring down on it, it would be 110-115 outside and 125-130 in the garage. I sprayed a tele body once using Deft lacquer and put on about two full cans' worth and hung it in the garage. In three days I checked it and it was totally solid. Could have been ready in less time that that, I don't know.

I mean, it was kinda what I was hoping for, but I was real surprised as to how well it worked out. Last year I painted a Tele (another teal/blue guitar) and waited 30 days, but when I placed it against a towel to start buffing it left an indentation in the pattern of the towel in the finish. I don't know if this time I had luck on my side, or if I have started to learn somethin'!

themike
02-06-2013, 12:45 PM
Pickups are on the way! http://www.sevenstring.org/forum/images/smilies/cool2.gif

rugerpc
02-06-2013, 12:57 PM
Serg - you need to PM me your address if you want that gold jackplate...

sergiodeblanc
02-06-2013, 03:39 PM
Pickups are on the way! http://www.sevenstring.org/forum/images/smilies/cool2.gif

Bangin' Mike! I'm so psyched! Thank you again.


Serg - you need to PM me your address if you want that gold jackplate...

I thought I did, I'll send it again though, thanks!!!!!

t.shamone
02-06-2013, 07:08 PM
Great stuff Sergio!

sergiodeblanc
02-06-2013, 08:55 PM
Great stuff Sergio!

Thanks buddy! You must know that if I didn't have so little time, and so much blue stain left in the top that I couldn't risk removing any more of, there would be a familiar motif in relation to something you own.

On the other hand, the next beat up natural colored CE I find will have roots to the boots!

sergiodeblanc
02-09-2013, 11:15 PM
There are some guys who get excited about fancy tops, then there are those guys that wax poetic about brazilian necks, and then there are the dudes who get geeked about the labels on their pickups, so I don't feel too creepy admitting to my fetish for winged tuners.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1083_zps4d050131.jpg


I opened the bag of unmolested, brand new, hermetically sealed, straight from Germany, gold winged Schaller PRS tuners, and it was filled with the aroma of german precision and freshly found freedom. You see, these shared D&G tuners are marked "Made in Germany" and I have it on very good authority that these were crafted the very next day after "The Wall Came Down".:wink: So there's that.

To my surprise I found that there were no "special" D and G tuners. The ones in my set were just three per side, and posted another form of project that was going to have to happen, along with the possibility that I could F*** up an object of such personal desire...... cool.


http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1093_zpse5649e99.jpg


As my totally blurry pictures will show, something needed to be ground off. So I waited until I was in a "designing" mood and news of a snow/rain/ice storm before heading to my father's semi-abandoned-unheated garage with my gumby gold tuners. I measured them in my mind and did not bring the neck or anything else that could be useful, no phone pics, not even a tracing of them on construction paper made with crayons.... I'm a genius.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1097_zpseabebdc4.jpg



I'm wet from slush that's turning to snow in a cold garage, and grind these sucka's down. and get home.

After I give them a light de-burring, I place them on my neck and begin my ultimate adult Lego fantasy. I ground down just enough for them to fit perfectly, I install E-clips, wings, and the screws, while getting even more psyched about this guitar.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1101_zpsa0d1ef57.jpg









Within minutes of my first post about this project I got a PM from Hans asking about my Orange, and what, if anything did I need to make this guitar happen. He will swear up and down all day that he offered me a fair deal, but in the end I know that what he sent me was really a gift, so I need to publicly state what an amazing fellow I feel he is. Thank you so much buddy!



So the question of the theme should be: Silver or Gold?

or Both?


Mini bridge project will be next.....

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
02-09-2013, 11:40 PM
Two things, my man:
1) I am stoked to see your guitar come to fruition. Go for the mixed (gold/nickel) vibe.
2) I am humbled by your comments. I love the amp. I hope the bag of goodies serves you as we'll as the amp will serve me.

Drastion
02-10-2013, 02:24 AM
What a great project you have going here. Want to do the same thing myself but don't see me finding a project guitar like yours.

Can't wait to see the finished results!

Goldtop
02-10-2013, 05:08 AM
Thanks for this great thread. It's looking good. I'm waiting for the next installment...

Goldtop LPC

Shawn@PRS
02-10-2013, 06:41 AM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;48977']Two things, my man:
1) I am stoked to see your guitar come to fruition. Go for the mixed (gold/nickel) vibe.
2) I am humbled by your comments. I love the amp. I hope the bag of goodies serves you as we'll as the amp will serve me.

I call dibs on that amp

sergiodeblanc
02-10-2013, 01:05 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;48977']Two things, my man:
1) I am stoked to see your guitar come to fruition. Go for the mixed (gold/nickel) vibe.
2) I am humbled by your comments. I love the amp. I hope the bag of goodies serves you as we'll as the amp will serve me.

Thank you again homie.


What a great project you have going here. Want to do the same thing myself but don't see me finding a project guitar like yours.

Can't wait to see the finished results!

Thanks man, it took me a long time to get my first PRS and even longer to get me second. (almost twenty years!) Keep looking and something will find its way to you when the time is right, I promise.


Thanks for this great thread. It's looking good. I'm waiting for the next installment...

Goldtop LPC

Thanks Lloyd, you shouldn't have to wait too long.

rugerpc
02-10-2013, 01:12 PM
Jackplate should be there veeeerrrrrrrryyyyyy soon...

sergiodeblanc
02-10-2013, 01:16 PM
Jackplate should be there veeeerrrrrrrryyyyyy soon...

So soon it came yesterday!

rugerpc
02-10-2013, 01:26 PM
Bangin' - to coin a phrase...

MrGuitarDon
02-10-2013, 01:35 PM
Fantastic job!

Shawn@PRS
02-10-2013, 01:48 PM
Is it done yet?

veinbuster
02-10-2013, 02:01 PM
Sergio rules.

sergiodeblanc
02-10-2013, 02:39 PM
Bangin' - to coin a phrase...

My hope is that it is now a part of your vernacular.


Fantastic job!

:top:



Sergio rules.

:girl:


Is it done yet?

No, but dangerously close! When the pickups arrive it should only take a few hours until I am all done.

sergiodeblanc
02-12-2013, 08:11 PM
Hey there!

Since Hans sent me a bunch of Gumby gold, I decided to go with a mixed hardware look. The only problem I had was that there was gonna be a mis-match with the bridge pieces I already had, the easy thing to do would be to drop some coin on some gold/brass saddles, but that wouldn't be any fun, and this is called "Design on a Dimebag" so I felt compelled to work with those perfectly fine nickel plated saddles I already have.

I discussed the idea of removing the nickel plating to reveal the brass with Hans when we were making a deal for the winged tuners, you see I had already f&#*ed up my first set of PRS saddles twenty years ago and knew there was some shiny brass underneath, so I figured it was time to ruin another set.

I sat down with a bottle of crappy Pinot Noir, some sandpaper, steel wool, and a file and went to work. I slightly disfigured the first one trying to use sandpaper on a vibrating palm sander, I positioned it upside down and held the saddle between my raw fingers until they went numb, it's three days later and I am finally beginning to get feeling back in them.

That got the nickel the off, but not in a real elegant fashion. Next I decided to file it off, only going in one direction and being careful not to go too deep. It worked quite well actually, leaving a "machined" kinda look to them. If I don't break strings like crazy I may look around for a single nickel saddle to make them all exactly the same.

I apologize for the worst photo, I honestly could not take a worse one if I tried, but it's more to show the color in contrast to the gold trem arm. I would take another but... well lets just say the next post should be entitled; "Move That Bus"! I'm a little to far along into the next stage to ruin the big reveal.

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1108_zpsbc7be6a0.jpg

John Beef
02-13-2013, 10:04 AM
That pic reminds me of most of the known photos of Bigfoot.

http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/wp-content/blogs.dir/470/files/2012/04/i-c85f79e476e3f5f6defb8d4d2bba5a0d-bigfoot.jpeg

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
02-13-2013, 10:30 AM
That pic reminds me of most of the known photos of Bigfoot.

:rofl:

rugerpc
02-13-2013, 10:51 AM
That pic reminds me of most of the known photos of Bigfoot.

"I saw Bigfoot once! It made a sound that I would not want to hear twice in my life."

Maybe that is because it was playing a Daisey Rock through a Radio Shack CB amplifier....

Blackbird
02-13-2013, 11:27 AM
I honestly could not take a worse one if I tried

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1108_zpsbc7be6a0.jpg

Wow. People always talk about "sorry for the crappy cell phone pics," "wait until I get home with a real camera," "I'm not a good picture-taker," etc..
Those people have no idea what they're talking about.

Kidding, it's just bangin' avant-garde photography. :)

Shawn@PRS
02-13-2013, 11:38 AM
Wow. People always talk about "sorry for the crappy cell phone pics," "wait until I get home with a real camera," "I'm not a good picture-taker," etc..
Those people have no idea what they're talking about.

Kidding, it's just bangin' avant-garde photography. :)

No kidding, Sergio has taken it to a new level. Albeit a lower level, but a no level nonetheless.

sergiodeblanc
02-13-2013, 12:11 PM
It's a distraction technique. If I post a crappy pic before the real pics your expectations will be lower, with lower expectations you will then be in an emotional state of elation when I am able to post a pic that is in focus.

Bigfoot is brown, Yeti's on the other hand are white..............

sergiodeblanc
02-13-2013, 02:49 PM
http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1111_zpse2f8ddf5.jpg


http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1117_zpsbfc5d10e.jpg

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1112_zps82dd14ed.jpg


http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1116_zps2d142dd9.jpg


http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1115_zps8fdb6a80.jpg

http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1114_zpse6a8699f.jpg

justmund
02-13-2013, 03:04 PM
That thing is P I M P!

Shawn@PRS
02-13-2013, 03:07 PM
Congrats Sergio, you did a wonderful job!

Blackbird
02-13-2013, 03:14 PM
Wow! That turned out great. Very well done, pimptastic elegance and pure class.
http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab156/ahogfan80/excited-sports-fan_zps3b388768.gif

dbonanno
02-13-2013, 03:16 PM
Beautiful!
Awesome job. :top:

swede71
02-13-2013, 03:22 PM
Looks great!Hows the sound?

]-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T !
02-13-2013, 03:23 PM
Bangin'! :D

themike
02-13-2013, 03:24 PM
Freakin' awesome man!

veinbuster
02-13-2013, 03:25 PM
-[ @ n $ 0 |v| a T ! ;50103']Bangin'! :D

Yeah, that.

rugerpc
02-13-2013, 03:30 PM
http://images2.layoutsparks.com/1/145678/head-banging-animated-image.gif

Bangin'!!



http://i1153.photobucket.com/albums/p506/sergiodeblanc/IMG_1112_zps82dd14ed.jpg

I even see a glimpse of a way cool gold jackplate!

http://jdpolanco.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/3835-animated_gif-dean_winchester-sam_winchester-supernatural.gif

Mikegarveyblues
02-13-2013, 04:17 PM
Well... I was about to make another wise crack about that bridge photo but...

Wow! Excellent job and it looks classy to boot! I wasn't sure when I heard about mixing gold and nickel before but.. It works.

sergiodeblanc
02-13-2013, 04:26 PM
Thanks so much for the kind words guys, I can't believe it's actually done already.

Hans, thanks for everything. The mixed hardware idea of yours really has me psyched about the look, and the wingers were a really important feature for me. Getting to open a fresh bag of those guys is an experience I will always remember, and a joy I can't really explain to anybody else but you guys.

themike, your generous gift of the McCarty pickups totally changed the direction I was planning on going in. The time constraints I put on myself for this project along with the incredible gifts I received made me realize that this guitar has a will of its own. Thank you my friend, I will never forget what you have done for me ,and I am having a hard time discarding the envelope that you sent with the words: "Sergio Tech Center" on it, I can't wait to thank you in person.

Bill (rugerpc), I so enjoyed our PMing during the DGT election's that it means so much to me to have your old jack plate. Everytime I do the ol' "in and out" with this guitar I will think of you!

Shawn, thanks for the encouragement and praise. It was a big deal to have to do this in front of everybody here, it made me step my game up and try to do my best knowing that if I S#!t the bed I would be doing it in public. Doing it in front of you, and knowing how you must see the most insane workmanship on a daily basis made me really "nut up", and I can say this is the best job in guitar rescue I have ever done. No worries though, I could never compete with the job the PTC does and I most certainly won't be stealing any business!!!

For everybody else who offered encouragement and praise, thank you! I did this in the middle of the worst heartbreak I have ever experienced, you will notice my tone was pretty "matter of fact" at the beginning and not my usual free-spirited smart-ass attitude. Having a project of this magnitude while moving and seeing my whole life's plan change made getting my second PRS in twenty years pretty bittersweet, sharing and getting such positive feedback really helped my attitude.


So there are a couple of details I should share; the electronics are set up as vol/vol/ 3way, the McBass is set up as a single coil only and sounds great. I was going for a Tele kind of vibe, and I'm really digging it so far. The WF neck feels great and I'm sure in a week or two I won't miss those last two frets, and I'm really digging the more "vintage" tones that are coming out of it in comparison to my other PRS, I just know this one is going to get played a lot!

A little while back I started a "deal breaker" thread where I said blue guitars were an absolute no-no for me, I no longer feel that way and am growing as a person.... Now I just look for blue PRS and wonder what one would look like with a white back and a gold top!

slang05
02-13-2013, 04:54 PM
Sergio, Congrats..looks amazing. I am blowin away by the job you did on that especially under the circumstances (using a bathroom to dry the paint, brilliant!)

And to everybody who donated to Sergio..you guys are awesome!

John Beef
02-13-2013, 05:29 PM
And to everybody who donated to Sergio..you guys are awesome!
Much agreed! This is the one true "Forum Guitar".

Brad737
02-13-2013, 05:46 PM
Hey Sergio, nice rescue. If you want to add a little more hybrid vibe, send me your address, and I'll send you some gold polepiece screws to complete the look.

sergiodeblanc
02-13-2013, 06:36 PM
Thanks guys!

Brad, your offer is welcomed and appreciated! I really only need six, but let me start my own Pay It Forward thread, I feel like I have to give back before I can accept any more good karma, I have been so lucky lately!

_pete_
02-13-2013, 06:48 PM
http://i564.photobucket.com/albums/ss87/GhostGrendel/OrsenWellesClapping.gif

DISTORT6
02-13-2013, 08:06 PM
YES!!!

Egads
02-13-2013, 10:37 PM
Man, Sergio! You rocked the crap out of that. It looks awesome.

VHTStark
02-14-2013, 12:33 AM
Awesome awesome job Sergio!! As a fellow fan of CE goodness and white guitars.....the "blanc" CE is just too cool! Play the s*&^ out of her bro!

Shawn@PRS
02-19-2013, 01:58 PM
We're still waiting for a "Tone Report" video for this one.

themike
02-19-2013, 02:23 PM
Anytime my friend!

sergiodeblanc
02-19-2013, 02:24 PM
We're still waiting for a "Tone Report" video for this one.

As soon as Doc's video thread takes off I will try and learn how to make a video, for now the world is safe.

sergiodeblanc
02-19-2013, 02:25 PM
Anytime my friend!

:beer:

crgtr
02-20-2013, 07:39 AM
Bravo!

clcwarlock
02-20-2013, 01:32 PM
Nice work Serg. The CE looks great.

sergiodeblanc
02-20-2013, 02:15 PM
Thanks!!!!

Steph
02-20-2013, 02:23 PM
Yeah! Same here... Awesome job... Like those PU rings... :top:

Drastion
02-22-2013, 04:52 AM
Nice work! Its great you made it all your own. Looks unique and all the colors really work together. Congratulations on a completing your project with results you can be proud of.

Fanastic work under the conditions you did it in. Hopefully I wilk be able to try my hand at a project like that and have it come out half as good as yours.

Albrecht Smuten
02-22-2013, 05:07 AM
When I'm rich an famous, I want my car to look like this guitar. This supersexy guitar. :cool:

Albrecht Smuten
02-22-2013, 05:09 AM
Everytime I do the ol' "in and out" with this guitar I will think of you!

Aaaaaaaaaah! :vroam:

JustRob
02-22-2013, 05:27 AM
Awesome work! I told myself I would never refinish a guitar again, but that makes me want to try.

sergiodeblanc
02-22-2013, 12:52 PM
When I'm rich an famous, I want my car to look like this guitar. This supersexy guitar. :cool:

When you are rich and famous I'll come paint your car, aw screw it! I'll come do it now. All we need is a case of red wine and some rattle cans.


! I told myself I would never refinish a guitar again, but that makes me want to try.

I always tell myself the same thing, and then something blue winds up in my hands!

Albrecht Smuten
02-23-2013, 04:25 AM
When you are rich and famous I'll come paint your car, aw screw it! I'll come do it now. All we need is a case of red wine and some rattle cans.

Ok, deal. And since I don't have a car, all we'll need is that case of wine or three. Btw. from now on, I shall call that color of your guitar: "DeBlanc".

sergiodeblanc
02-23-2013, 05:03 AM
Ok, deal. And since I don't have a car, all we'll need is that case of wine or three.

Ah, we can find somebody else's car to paint:cheers:... just as long as there is wine.

Albrecht Smuten
02-23-2013, 05:09 AM
Ah, we can find somebody else's car to paint:cheers:... just as long as there is wine.

Best party ever! :cheers: