Anyone Do Affordable Guitar Refins?

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  1. RiverDog

    RiverDog Well-Known Member

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    I know we have some seriously talented folks on AGF. Do any of you refinish guitars? I'd like to explore the possibility of getting my SX Callisto Jr painted a different color. I know I should try to do it myself but I don't really have the time, the workspace, or the patience.
     
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    RiverDog Well-Known Member

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    Ugly painted guitar for attention bump.

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    I'm thinking it might be affordable to have a poly guitar refinished if all you want is to have it painted a different solid color. If you want want it stripped down to the wood for a different transparent finish then good luck. Anyone who's done it before would have to charge so much it might be cheaper to have a custom copy of your guitar built.
    I have ptsd flashbacks just thinking about it.
    I asked a cabinet refinisher to strip a guitar once. He said no way, never again.
    And he did this shit for a living.
     
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    Can't recall. Are those set neck or bolt on? That makes a hell of difference in how easy it is or isn't to refinish.
     
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    I only want a solid color. Nothing transparent, no graphics or effects. Won't need to be stripped. (Although, pinstriping would be cool but I'm not looking to jack up the price.) I actually like the current color but I have three red guitars and the other two are trans red finishes so I picked the SX for a new color.
     
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    I'm not sure about all the different iterations but this one is set neck. Actually I think this guitar was yours at one point JB.

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    rmfroyd Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Yeah, refinishing a set neck isn't going to be in any way affordable . What about some stickers?

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    I'll be damned. I loved that guitar - including the color. Something about that sparkly neck really pushed my buttons. If I wasn't dead broke I'd make you an offer.
     
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    Yeah I figured as much. That's okay the paint looks good. I'll just be the red guitar guy!

    Yeah, no to the stickers but thanks for the idea. :)
     
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    It is a great one! I wasn't sure I would care for it much at first but it's become one of my faves. And that's okay, it's not for sale anyway. :D
     
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    That could be ok then. A light scuffing then paint it. Maybe with nitro? A thin finish if you want it to show interesting wear or thick and never see the original color again. Couldn't that be done for less than $200?
     
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    I dunno. I'm just going to leave it as is for now. Having three red guitars is definitely a first-world problem. :flushed: Maybe once we're settled after our upcoming move, and it's cooled down and not 95% humidity, I'll try my hand at a refin after all.
     
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    My prob is I have at least 2 guitars in colors I hate and the only way I can stomach keeping them is I know they they have nice ash or hog body hiding under the homly poly. Like I'll ever get to it. I have guitars that have had a broken e str for months
     
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    Despite you not having the time, the workspace or the patience I'd still suggest going for it yourself. I only did my two because (a) they were mine; (b) I was sick to death of CSB (and also the old orangey HSB); and (c) I couldn't afford to pay someone else.

    As it was, it was a great learning experience as I'd never done anything like that before, but I'd only do it again if it was my own guitar and I didn't pay much for it. Another 'downside' if you want to look at it that way is that I refinished mine in nitro - they took months to cure and it was actually a couple of years before I ended up buffing the final clearcoat, although I'm sure I could have done that bit sooner.
     
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    Try Rick Mariner from Haywire Guitars. He has done a few jobs for me. Great work. Great guy.


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    Maybe change gears and live with the red callisto and change the body on a fender bolt on. For a few hundred you can get a look very different from anything you have, in nitro, pre broken in or minty fresh.

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    They do great work.
    was one of you red guitars a fender type?
     
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    It can be done, but it's more trouble than the guitar is worth. If you want to submit (and potentially sacrifice) the guitar to the alter of knowledge and refinish it simply for the experience - then it's worth it.

    SO much easier to sell the guitar and buy a replacement in a more satisfactory color.

    If it were a bolt-on neck, that would change my answer completely. It's dead simple if there isn't a fretboard in the way.
     
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    Yep, got a red Fender Deluxe Players Strat that I really love. Hmm, you've got me thinking...
     
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    That red Calisto clashes with your Avatar; send it to me!!
     
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    Just send it through a 14"-wide planer: instant refinish.
     
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