Step 2: Sand it down!

Now that you have the plain body, its time to strip the clear coat on the guitar. To do this, get your 320 grit sandpaper. Start by getting the sandpaper wet, and start sanding. Since this sandpaper is fine, it wont chew up the paint and make scratches. As you sand down, you want the guitar to be more of a flat colour, which means no shine. Make sure there is no more clear coat left on the guitar, because any will mean the paint won't stick on properly. If there are still little scratches left on the guitar, keep sanding until they are gone.

If you want to do the neck too, just do the same thing, sand down the gloss and sand the scratches.

After you are done, move on to step 3.
What guitar is this? It looks like a Les Paul, but is it a special or standard? I really like the red coloration that it ended up with.
http://www.belongingsbroker.com/product/hondo-ii-les-paul-copy<br><br>&quot;Hondo II&quot; Les Paul copy body, and as far as I know a &quot;Lero&quot; Telecaster neck.
are these decent guitars? Do they sound like a true Les Paul?
<p>Do they seem to be decent guitars?...</p>
For anyone wondering the body is not original to the neck. The body was originally off of this guitar: <br>http://www.belongingsbroker.com/product/hondo-ii-les-paul-copy<br>We bought the guitar like this, I don't know why the original owner switched the necks. <br><br>Also I just want to say I did this a loooong time ago, and if I were doing it now I would have left it. This was the first attempt at refinishing a guitar and it gave me valuable experience with guitars. I am currently building my own guitars that are much nicer than this one could ever be. The body on this one was so beat up I decided to trash it, it wasn't any use to me. I am currently building my own Telecaster style body to match the neck.<br><br>
Back in 1965 a friend asked me to paint his already 5 year old Fender Jaguar PURPLE!. I sanded it and painted it with a spray can of Krylon. I think you can go to jail for doing that now-a-days...lol.
Seriously? I love both Jagars and Mustangs. And strats and teles too. And even squires. And stratocoustics. Geeze, you gotta love Fender....
ha, I jut made my brand new guitar look old... I know, i'm not cool. but good work.
Was the guitar a Hond II by chance?
I think it was better left untouched.
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i think the red looks nicer. i also dont like the fender style head, on the les paul body, with the sg output. thats jusy me, thats just what i think<br />
<a rel="nofollow" href="http://audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=180395">http://audiokarma.org/forums/showthread.php?t=180395</a><br/>There, yours is worth something, or was....<br/>
That happens to be my guitar. I have it in working condition right now. Although I don't think it is work anything. It really sucks to play.<br />
I agree. They're fun to take apart, but don't really sound or play all that well.<br />
Looks nice, but I think the red looked better. Thats just me.
totally agree<br />
Be sure the guitar is suitable for this type of make over. Garage sale or pawn shop guitars are good to try this out. If you tried this on your father's $10,000 Gretsch he might get a little peeved.
Well, if you have a new $10,000 guitar, unless you're a little bit screwy, you might not want to paint it right away. Luckily the one I used was like 30 years old or so, but if I find out they're worth thousands I'd be pissed!
some of those old les pauls from the lawsuit era ( around 70s-early 80s ) can occasionally be worth a bit, but ive never herd of Lero, so im guessing your safe
Whew, good. But I guess it's too late anyways...
how did you clean up the binding? or is that just a reflection?
The paint was thin enough to sand it down a bit, and the binding came through. I used the Wet/Dry sandpaper.
id say loosely fit it back togather first because the parts really change the apearance a great deal. it may look better than you think.
whatsup, just had a quick question. I have an old takamine acoustic which is all black. I was just wondering if you had any tips on how to make that look brand new
Like I said before, redoing an acoustic guitar could be dangerous, but if you still want to, I guess if you still like the black, just sand the Lacquer down and reapply a new coat of Lacquer to add a fresh shine, and spray any plastic parts to take out any scratches. Other than that beats me to be honest, I've never even had an acoustic guitar.
Sadly I haven't gotten my guitar out enough, for it to look old yet.... When it does look a bit shabby I will certainly follow your instructions.. Nice work!!
Awsome!!! I take it this can be done with acoustics also, right?
i wouldn't do it on your acoustic, it would most likely affect the tone of the guitar, and ruin its sound.
i'm not sure abur acoustics, because they have a different body structure. glad everyone likes it!!
if you are finishing with lacquer, make sure that the color coat is also lacquer or you will get the orange peel effect.
ya, i cant tell u how many times i ran into that problem.
Very nice!

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