Time for lacquer!
These 3 guitars are finish sanded and prepped for grain filling.
I use a spray on polyester sealer and filler. It fills all the pores so I can sand them flat so that the top coat wont appear rough or bumpy.
Then I shoot the color coats, in this case a tobacco burst
Followed by many coats of clear gloss lacquer.
After letting the lacquer cure for abut 6 weeks its time to wrap this baby up. I wet sand the whole guitar with 800 grit to remove all orange peel and totally flatten the surface and then take it to my buffer. On the left wheel I use a medium cut buffing compound which removes all the scratches from the sand paper and takes it to nearly finished, then a fine cut compound on the right wheel to bring it to a hard mirror gloss.
Looks pretty shiny to me 🙂
A loose assembly to make sure the neck still fits the pocket. Lacquer can make the heel slightly larger and we need to make sure it doesnt need to be sanded further.
Looks pretty good to me 🙂
One last thing before final assembly. We need to shield the control cavity with copper. This, along with similar shielding on the underside of the pick guard is attached to the common ground and creates a Faraday cage around the electronic components. This helps keep excess noise down. Especially important with single-coil pickups.