This was by far one of my more exhausting projects. I wanted to learn what goes into making a guitar so I decided to dive in by restoring two axes my friend gave me. Both were in rough shape when I got them. they still need some work but I'm more than happy with how they turned out.
I needed to strip the existing finish from both guitars so I could work with the wood underneath. This proved to be the hardest part. I tried sanding for hours but couldn't get very far. I tried a few different types of paint stripper, but still no luck. What worked best was simply a heat gun and a paint scrapper.
It started to rain and I wanted to keep working so I setup a canopy stay dry as I sanded out the burns from the heat gun.
I finished sanding each body with a 320 grit and filled in any nicks with some wood filler before I stained each one.
Here is the blue guitar the first picture. Amazing what a few hours of sanding and staining can do. I left a few of the burns in as some were just too deep to sand out and the others gave it a cool look with the red stain I chose.
The final steps were adding a few coats of polyurethane to protect the wood. I used 3 coats of poly and sanded each piece with 800 grit in between coats.
Red Devil 001
Blue Dream 001