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Graduation Present

Graduation Present: Finished Product

Graduation Present, Junia prototypeRich Chaffins1 Comment
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I'm sure you've been sitting on the edge of your seats since yesterday's post to see how this Junia turned out. Well, dear readers, I am here to put your mind at ease. Come and revel in the awesome. As I mentioned yesterday, I decided to make this kind of a Beauty and the Beast theme. The ash was dyed brown to start:

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The maple top went through several instances of dyeing. First I added a layer of brown:

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Then I added a layer of amber:

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Then some red to the edges:

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Then finally another coat of amber to bring it all together into what I call Autumn Sunset:

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The control cover and the headstock went through the same dyeing process as the top:

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Once she was all oiled and joined up, it was time to start adding the bling:

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And now, to take her out into the sunlight and show her off in all her glory:

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autumnsunsetfront2As you can probably tell from my expression in that last picture, I hate to give this one to her rightful owner.

If you have any questions, be sure to leave me a comment. Or you can use the contact me page to order your own custom Junia!

Graduation Present: Assembly

Graduation Present, Junia prototypeRich Chaffins1 Comment
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So lately I've been showing you some of my refinish work, but today you get to see my own creations: the Junia. I love this body shape, so I was happy to get this commission. The lucky owner still doesn't know that it's being delivered soon, but my client has authorized pics, so let's get to it! Today I'm going to share with you the assembly process, and tomorrow you'll get to see the fully finished product.

Specs: 

Ash body, flamed maple top, flamed maple control cavity cover Cherry set neck, ziricote fretboard, maple headplate gold hardware Zexcoil Guitar Pickups Signature Set Planet Waves Locking tuners Hipshot Baby Grand bridge

Roughing out the body and top:

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thinning

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Bringing the pieces together:

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Routing out the spaces for all of the goodies:

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Carving:

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I think that should give you enough to salivate over for today. Check back tomorrow for the reveal of the Beauty and the Beast (but mostly Beauty!). And if you absolutely CANNOT WAIT until tomorrow, check out my Facebook page to see more pictures of the process as well as the finished product!