Material or fabric as guitar finish?

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  1. paulscape

    paulscape Member

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    Im entertaining the idea of using a patterned material to wrap over a guitar like the ibanez jem floral guitars. If i find an interesting piece of fabric, how would i go about gluing it down so its taught and smooth before the clear coats? I need a glue that will be transparent, not lift, form airbubble's or react with final laquer.

    Thanks!
     
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    The Floral JEM is a paint job, not a piece of cloth. Original Paisley teles on the other hand....
     
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    Not all, I had a first year JEM Floral and it was definitely a piece of fabric.
     
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    Yep, they're fabric. It was a drape material.
     
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    I'm pretty sure those were paisley wallpaper.
     
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    Ask The Rice Brothers - I remember seeing a denim tele a while back.

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    i know the design came from Vai's curtains, but i thought it was a paintjob.

    my bad
     
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    So back on topic - how do you get the material to lie flat and whatnot? This thread gave me an idea.
     
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    I actually have the jem77fl and its definately material because ive chipped the guitar on the back. I have a zakk wylde camo les paul that also looks to be material. But what glue to use? I guess it needs to coat right through the fabric. There's a lot of inspiration and possibilities in using fabric.
     
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    The finish on the Ibanez Floral Jems is indeed cloth, I had one for about ten years (!)...yes I'm guilty. I remember being able to feel the texture of the fabric on finish chips.

    In any case there's a tutorial of how to do a fabric finish here.

    http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/mat.htm

    Hope you find this helpful! :)
     
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    Thanks for everyone's help and links - much appreciated.
     
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    My first "nice" guitar was a Jem 77FP back in the very early 90's (well the Peavey Falcon Custom I had before it was actually quite nice too :D) and it definitely was cloth underneath. No idea how they do it, but it certainly is a very cool finish. I kinda miss it purely for it's aesthetics, but that neck was murder to play for my big ol' hands.

    Anyway, good luck finding a method to do it. It's refreshing to see new and different finishes instead of the same ol' same ol'.
     
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    The double sided tape from Stew Mac is thin and very tenacious. It'll work fine.
     

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