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    Default Re: stripping a 1981 gibson flying v

    If you're careful, you can poke a hole in the top of a spray can to release the propellant then pour out the paint and use it in a sprayer/airbrush.
    I've done that several times with good results.
    Originally Posted by IanBallard
    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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    Got it to a place where I'm gonna keep it and did a cheeseball mockup. Looks kinda poopy cuz it doesn't have any clear on it yet. The clearcoat and a big polish at the end should make this guy pop. No witness lines from the blocks being filled though which is a big win. At least for now. They may show up later. Oh well!

    Mostly I just want to start playing this thing.

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    Default Re: stripping a 1981 gibson flying v

    B*tch*n!!!! You're gonna love it, Blake!

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    It's hard to put off playing when you get toward the end of the build. Finish curing time and polishing just eats at me.

    Hang in there. She'll be making noise soon enough.
    Originally Posted by IanBallard
    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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    Default Re: stripping a 1981 gibson flying v

    Blake, I sent that picture to the former owner... He said he hopes you get as much fun out of playing it as he did. Get ready to rock that thing!

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    haha get ready to rock! After another million clear coats to get that silver flake down........then like 30-45 days of curing.........and wetsanding...........and polishing.......haha.

    But yes. Getting there.

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    Default Re: stripping a 1981 gibson flying v

    I am floored. Nice work, dude.

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    slathering endless amounts of clear on it now trying to bury those silver flakes that are standing straight up. This is easy tho and the imperfect parts look better and better the more clear I layer on. I guess you really can polish a turd!

    You can kind of see where I fudged up the burst around the bottom center of the V. That's going to be covered by the vibrola so no worries.

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    Default Re: stripping a 1981 gibson flying v

    I am going to go for it with 3 pickups.

    Neck-SNS
    Middle-Phat Cat
    Bridge-SNS

    My only issue now is how to wire it with 3 pots. If I can squeeze in another volume I'd be fine. Master tone and 3 volumes would give me all the choices I'd want. Just not sure I can squeeze one in there. Open to ideas there.

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    Default Re: stripping a 1981 gibson flying v

    This is about to get an update in the next couple of weeks

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    Be sure to sand between clear coats or it will take forever to cure and all the imperfections will start to dramatically show up as the inner layers cure.
    Originally Posted by IanBallard
    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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    ah yea thanks. I'm way past that. Just final sanding that is so scary and takes forever.

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    Yep!
    Originally Posted by IanBallard
    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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    Still need to figure out the wiring for the middle pickup and give it a setup and take some better pics but for the most part I am done with all the big stuff. What a learning experience.

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    blegh. someone fix that pic. ha

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    Default Re: stripping a 1981 gibson flying v

    Still need to figure out the wiring for the middle pickup and give it a setup and take some better pics but for the most part I am done with all the big stuff. What a learning experience.
    Well done, sir. Now post video of you laying down some golden vibes on the transformed V.... The former owner would love to hear it.

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    A learning experience is always a great thing.

    Nice job.

    Need some sound clips.
    Originally Posted by IanBallard
    Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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    Now that I see this, I see that a burst doesn't work very well with the second-gen V style. You get a boxed in triangle of inner burst color down on the lower point. It works on Deans because they eliminated the guard.

    Nonetheless, it's better than what it was, and looks fun to play. And I love witch hats.
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    I do a few chord things, some crappy lead stuff, and then some rhythm stuff.

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    Default Re: stripping a 1981 gibson flying v

    yea it's a bit wonk in that corner w/ the guard.

    but that horn is where I filled in the previous route for the custom jack that was on there so I'm kind of thankful that the guard extends and hides any potential witness lines. Nothing there yet but ya never know.

    next issue is how to get the action lowered w/ the new vibrola on there which sits pretty high and my nut is low. will get there tho

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