Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by still.ill, Apr 17, 2016.
The front edge of my Les Paul where the forearm rests during palm muting is quite sharp
If it has binding, it's a simple job. He'll just break the edge of the biding with the razor blade, and maybe add a touch of lacquer back just to seal it. Quick sand/polish and it's done. If it's unbound, it's significantly more work because now he needs to worry about matching the finish.
Those deep dish tops make my forearm fall asleep..I feel ya!
Interesting, its unbound, its a faded model--- but what if you don't care about the finish/aesthetics at all? will there just be a strip of open wood there
If you don't care how it looks, it's a simple job that anyone can do. Without a gun to his head to do a perfect match, he probably CAN match the finish relatively closely, but won't have to stress/waste time trying to get it perfect. In the end, it will probably end up pretty close anyway because it's not rocket science, but getting it that last 10% to perfect, for those that want that, really takes quite a lot of work sometimes.
If you don't care at all, it can still be relatively easy to make it look nice. Cut it down and finish it with something matching or not matching the original. If it is a clean job, only other guitar players wont know if wasn't supposed to be that way.
Some guitars are intentionally done that way. Hell, I might even intentionally make it not match the rest of the body. Show off your improvement.
Belt sander. Ten seconds. Rub on some oil.
Not necessarily. The wood can be sealed with a matching finish. Nitro for nitro. If all you're doing is breaking the edge like a bound guitar, the finish can be applied with an artist's brush if you're careful. Otherwise, the guitar will have to be spot sprayed.
Nitro on nitro will blend. Polys will leave a witness line.
They actually sell pads to go there. Just do that., or even make one.