13 January, 2009

Lacquer, bubbles, breakups, and waiting

There's one disadvantage of having your girlfriend paint your guitar. If you breakup before she's finished, then you have a semi-finished guitar. And that is where I find myself now. Of course, I am being somewhat facetious about what was actually a serious matter, and I mean no disrespect or lack of reverence for the feelings that linger around the topic. But the guitar, which was a project guitar that received some love in the form of new electronics, is sitting painted, but not ready for primetime, because the lacquer finish over the paintjob was somewhat of a half-finished experiment that needs more work. And I am not confident doing that work myself. Hence, there it sits, unstrung, with a custom design painted by someone who is no longer my significant other. I don't think of it as awkward, but I guess it is. I don't know the first thing about finishing guitars. It would be easy to sand it all the way down and remove the paint. But I don't want to do that. The paint is good. But the finish needs to be finished. And I don't know how. You can see that I am in a predicament. I would like to be able to play this guitar. I would like to be able to use this guitar. And right now, it's caught in limbo. The finish was brushed on, because the initial attempts with spray did not seem to be working right. But the brushing seems to have left brushstrokes, and bubbles. I am told (she told me) that sanding, and doing more brushing, and then wet-sanding, would eventually make it smooth and shiny. But I am skeptical. I think it might need to be sprayed on. And I am not sure if I can do that.

Really, at this point, I just want this guitar to be playable. Right now I could reassemble it, and suck it up and accept that the finish is not smooth, so what, who cares, let it be, it's made to play, not to look at it. But I can't help but want it to be "done". So I wait for some inspiration, or for one of my reasonably artistic friends to help me do the finishing job.


  1. I am leaning toward putting the strings back on tonight, and bringing it to practice Thursday. Who cares if it's not smooth. It's a guitar, not a baby's ass.

  2. i think that's a good idea.