Refinishing Esp Ex-50 Project

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  1. Tsukiyomi

    Tsukiyomi Well-Known Member

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    Left The Beatles' home for some Krispy Kremes...
    That's looking absolutely fantastic. Hell of a job so far and an all-round great thread. I love the amount of photos & documenting of your work (y)
     
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    I like the pickguard lay out, I was thinking maybe a slightly lighter gun metal grey so it stands out a bit but isn't overwhelming. Just a thought, the plastic looks black to me in the pixs and that would be cool to.
     
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  3. Powertrip240

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    Depending on the angle, it can look darker or lighter. Here's a couple closer shots.

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    Powertrip240 Well-Known Member

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    I changed the lower part just a bit. Whadya think?

    Version 1:

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    Or version 2

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    Or the more traditiona version 3

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    I like version one.
     
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    I see what you mean about the lighting and angle it defiantly looks gun metal grey. I'd say #1 also because it blends some of the radius of the pups with the Aguilar design of the body IMHO.
     
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    I kinda like the "Whole Lotta Guard" look myself. 7d963e12eee0a81ddbd21c9c5a0ca6eb.jpg
     
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    I like version 2. sorta reminds me of a Jazz bass pickguard minus the metal plate
     
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    Or the Lightning Bolt. p1_ucbiregxt_so.jpg 20180831_053443.jpg
     
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    Version 1 gets my vote
     
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    To further complicate, I like 2 but maybe don't put quite so much guard under the strings - just a tab like a les Paul guard ?
     
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    How about no pickgaurd?
     
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    OK, I've decided. I'm going with a modified version of version 1. Final answer.

    I liked tvvoodoo's idea about not so much guard under the strings.

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    I'll take my template to work tomorrow and see what kind of material I can find in the scrap bin.

    I like the looks of the diamond plate "whole lotta guard", but our diamond plate is 1/8" thick. That much diamond plate would add about 5 pounds to the guitar.
     
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    Now that I just finished cutting my pickguard out of some clear Lexan, I'm debating whether I should paint it, or leave it clear....

    I think I'll install it as-is for now, and see how it looks.

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    That might be the best idea of all but would have to see it on the guitar to confirm...
     
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    I think it needs to be painted. Now the question is: paint the underside, so the top remains glossy, or paint the topside, so it's not so glossy, but then run the risk of the paint wearing off. I have a set of black pickguard screws on its way, should be here on Wednesday.

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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    You're right, it does need to be painted. I think try the underside first as if that doesn't look right, you can always paint the top...
     
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    Haha. I was just thinking the same exact thing! Thanks for the reassurance.
     
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    Underside, then the paint is guarded too, but let the paint gas out well or it may stick to your finish
     
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    How long would you recommend letting it sit before installing?
     

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