Mooncaster Project

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Mon May 03, 2021 9:16 pm

Right? My first time with this sort of wood dye layering. LOL
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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by Beebe » Tue May 04, 2021 5:24 am

Looks awesome! Green is a tricky color to stain (in my experience), and you're pulling it off. It's looking better to me than the PRS.
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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by Beebe » Tue May 04, 2021 5:30 am

It has a little bit of that Epiphone Coronet Silver Fox look that I've always loved.

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Tue May 04, 2021 7:30 am

That looks beautiful!
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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Wed May 05, 2021 2:29 pm

First coat of clear went on the front of back today. I am hand wiping tung oil on it. :)

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by Norrin Radd » Thu May 06, 2021 4:24 am

Looking good! 8)

When you purchased the body were the bridge and tail pieces pre-drilled or did you have to do that yourself?

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Thu May 06, 2021 7:09 am

The bridge and tailpiece holes were drilled by warmoth, but I had to enlarge them to fit my specific bridge and stop tail thimbles. I used a scrap piece of wood to drill some different holes and test fit the thimbles in that before using the best hole size on the body with my drill press. The stock holes were too small for what I had. Once the holes were good, I used my plastic mallet to tap the thimbles in. :)
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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Fri May 07, 2021 8:48 pm

The back is done. Not gloss mirror, but a nice hand rubbed tung oil glow. :D

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Sat May 08, 2021 8:38 am

The front. Not perfect, but all hand rubbed. :)

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Sat May 08, 2021 7:30 pm

Decal applied. When clear goes on, it should blend better. :)

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Mon May 10, 2021 8:35 am

Took the decal off. It just wasn't looking good with the darker background. It wasn't clearing up for whatever reason. Naked headstock it is! :D
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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Wed May 12, 2021 1:19 pm

Been fighting with this project a lot. The true oil has been horrible to work with on the body. Streaky and then junk in the finish I sand or scrape out. It is driving me nuts. I think I finally have it where I am ok with it. Even the tuners didn't want to go on perfect. The angled 70's style backs didn't line up evenly so it makes the tuning pegs a little unevenly spaced. I have seen vintage and modern Fender necks worse than this, but I try to do better. LOL

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Wed May 12, 2021 2:30 pm

Here are the tuners. Really hard to get them perfectly straight. LOL

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by HNB » Wed May 12, 2021 5:42 pm

My mom suggested I fix the black spot in the F hole by dying the inside black, so I carefully poured dye in the neck pickup route which connects to that side and tilted it around until it was coated. Seems to have worked. Also the custom neck plate came for it. :D

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Re: Mooncaster Project

Post by Gordon » Wed May 12, 2021 6:10 pm

HNB wrote:
Wed May 12, 2021 5:42 pm
My mom suggested I fix the black spot in the F hole by dying the inside black, so I carefully poured dye in the neck pickup route which connects to that side and tilted it around until it was coated. Seems to have worked. Also the custom neck plate came for it. :D
I never understood why f-holes were always bare... Black, bright colors, contrasting colors... I'm all for that. So that's a very welcome custom job on yours. :w00t:
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