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Posted: May 25, 2006 9:00 pm
has anyone tried? i've stripped wood before, but not with the amount of paint and polyurethane type crap a guitar gets layered with.
Posted: May 26, 2006 12:49 am
The poly coat is the problem. I tried to strip a Fender Lead II back in the 80's and I NEVER got all the paint off.
Posted: May 26, 2006 2:44 am
My brother had a true classic Gibson "The Paul" (not Les Paul) that he had refinished - painted, new hardware, etc. He later learned that what he had done to the guitar had reduced its value by like 2/3. Here's what it looked like before he fucked with it:

Posted: May 26, 2006 3:20 am
use a wire brush attachment for a drill, or a very thick rough grain electric sander. After it comes off use a finer grain sandpaper to smoothe it out. Not too difficult.
Posted: May 26, 2006 5:22 am
He later learned that what he had done to the guitar had reduced its value by like 2/3

yeah, i'm not fucking with anything good. i'm just thinking about stripping a squire telecaster. i've got the $2000+ guitar locked up, guarded by a monkey.
Posted: May 26, 2006 8:33 am
i did the same with a squire as described above: rough sandpaper on an electric sander then did the inside curves by hand then finished it all off with fine paper. i coated it with danish oil and it looks tops.
Posted: May 26, 2006 12:37 pm
stripping it is the easy part.....re finishing is the hard part.....unless you just want to change colors and don't care what the finish looks like....
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