Firebird Kit Build

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  1. kirobhan

    kirobhan Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Ok, here goes. My finishing skills suck big time and a few members here have set the bar way too high. I just hope to not turn it into a FireWOOD build.

    I got this kit direct from Afanti Music via Aliexpress. Direct from China took 3.5 weeks from order to delivery. Everything looks to line up fine but we'll see when I go to set the neck. There are a few things that reflect the cost but overall I'm happy with it. What really surprised me was the weight. With all the hardware and in the styrofoam suitcase it shipped in, it weighed in at 8.6 pounds. I don't know how much weight the finish will add. I was also surprised to find no scarf joint in the neck, although it does have a two piece heel.

    Anyway, here is the kit. All mahogany variant with (supposedly) some type of ebony (dyed) fretboard.
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    I'm going to try and attempt a TV White finish like this but may end up going all white if I screw it up:

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    Hardware is as would be expected. I'm shopping around from some lefty tuners, electronics, and still thinking on what to attempt for the nut. I already have Seymour Duncan Slash Alnico II pickups to go in it. May also reach out to our buddy @rmfroyd on a truss rod cover since it came with a small bell type (should I go with the forum standard of Goblin?). Anyway, don't have much time on the weekends to work on it so it may be slow going. Figured I'd get this posted in case anyone was looking at Afanti Music kits (although shipping costs probably kills it for most people).
     
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    rmfroyd Well-Known Member

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    Love the non-inlaid fretboard. Looks like a fun kit. Good Luck.

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    idiotsdelight Well-Known Member

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    Awesomely subscribed!
     
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    peskypesky Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    too cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Watching with great interest. That board looks more like rosewood, ebony wouldn't have open grain like that.
    You might want to consider for a "mary Kay" type finish, on that, prior to the TV grain fill which would help hide the jointed wood.

    Personally a board without inlays would freak me out. I needs my inlays!
     
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    ninet1gt Well-Known Member

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    Can't wait to see another firebird! I'm sure you'll kill it, and I wanted to do a see thru white so I'll be watching closely.
     
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    kirobhan Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Yup, luckily I got it for the shape, not the fretboard. Thanks for the tip, I'll take all I can get (and I'll need it)
     
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    looks good, cant quite tell from the pix, but does that have the center section raised 1/8"?

    I have built one and am on my 3rd complete refinish, I used a piece of purpleheart for the center section/////
     
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    kirobhan Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Yes, the center is raised on the front but not the back.
     
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    kirobhan Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Anyone have suggestions on rattle can paint from either home depot or ace hardware? I'd like to order from reranch and such but they don't ship to Hawaii.
     
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    have you tried stewmac? rattle can paint from those suck and not aimed toward guitars.
     
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    kirobhan Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Looks like stewmac will ship but not by air. That means it'll hit California and sit until a container of stuff is ready to be put on a boat. Not seeing much Mary Kaye or TV White options though.

    Wonder how this minwax whitewash stain looks like. Might pick it up with some scrap mahogany and grain filler to test. (again, total amateur hack here)
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    ninet1gt Well-Known Member

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    Hey, I'd never stained anything until my first guitar a couple months ago. If you go to home depot look through the Varathane brand stuff while your there.
     
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    This was actually wood stain from walmart
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    I'd recommend looking at Wudtone...they have a vintage white and mary kay type finish. Costs more than regular minwax stain but I can attest to the ease of use and the quality of the product. I used it on my last build and I'll definitely be using their stuff again.
     
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    rambleon Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    wudtone vintage blonde
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    wudtone olympic white
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    Bubba Zanetti Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Very cool, looking forward to seeing how this shapes up!
     
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    I also did a guitar like 20 years ago with regular minwax varnish and it looked ok. I dont have a picture of it to show you though simply because they didnt make smartphones then.
    From what I can tell any of those products would work for a guitar. They're made for wood after all. The only thing I can really see with it is the dark stain I used on the double neck hid alot of the grain, that may have just been the color choice itself though. For the longest time all my wood projects got stained with minwax cherry stain and they all turned out beautiful, but I wasn't doing a mirror finish like what I would do with my guitars. The mirror finish is actually in the laquer though. I dont know how the clear is going to work but I know walmart sells Laquer in the spray paint section here and the black laquer worked just as good as the stew mac stuff I recently got.
     
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    Nice one. I must check out that seller. Would love to build a lefty reverse firebird.
     
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