Where can I get my guitar refinished for a reasonable amount of money?

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  1. dreamspace

    dreamspace Member

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    I have a 58/63 partscaster...one of the best playing and sounding guitars I've owned.

    However, the body was once finished and I don't care for the color one bit(brown), to be honest it looks horrendous...and being a student doesn't really help economically either, over here I'd have to pay minimum 700$ for a body refin :omg

    So yeah, any US guitar painters/workshops that offer reasonable refins? I'm not out after any post-refin relic work, just a normal paint job in either CAR, Olympic White or some other standard color (nitro finish.)
     
  2. Sean French

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    RS Guitarworks gets my vote. I've had a refin done by them before. They did a great job and for a fair cost.
    www.rsguitarworks.net
     
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    Depends what you want.
    Nitro isn't inexpensive...takes a lot more work to do.
    It also depends on what shape the body is in and what it was painted with...and the wood it is made from.
     
  5. pokey

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    Was CAR ever nitro? If I wanted a CAR finish I'd probably have someone like Pat Wilkins do it.

    But there has to be someone on that side of the pond to paint your guitar.
     
  6. Voodoo Blues

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    +1, Mark refinished my old '78 Strat. Stripped the poly finish and put on two different colors (cream over white) for around $450.
     
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    TGP member Superlead - he has a thread in the builder's emporium with samples of his work. My favorite guitar right now is a fiesta red tele that he finished in nitro for me.
     
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    54GT Silver Supporting Member

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    Another vote for mjt - great work, great service
     
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    I've used Stike at ROWYCO Kustoms for a bunch of stuff. He'd probably run a little less than MJ, although MJ clearly does nice work. I have seen bad refins by some "experts" (some who have inexplicably good reps),

    http://rowycokustoms.com
     
  11. lumco

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    I say right on.. great guys and good at the finish business
     
  12. Whiskeyrebel

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    Here is an idea. Get a broken, cheap guitar and use it to practice the method to refinish it yourself. There is a lot of information available. Then when you are confident that you know the method, refinish your good guitar.

    Or is nitrocellulose not available there? Are you planning to send the guitar away to be refinished because of that reason?
     
  13. sergiodeblanc

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    Ha! I literally just got finished with my most successful refin... as in 2 hours ago.I had a tele that WAS teal green,loved the way it played and sounded but HATED the color.I have failed many times in the past but this time it came out great!I don't know how handy you are, but since it sounds like your strat has been refinished already give it a try.I used poly but the grand total cost about.....$25?Now I have a GOLD tele.GOLD.GOLD! Excuse me I have to go play in front of the mirror now.
     
  14. dreamspace

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    Refinishing it myself is not an option as I live in a dorm/student housing.
     
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    Can you post a picture of the guitar?
     
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    Ditto for Stike at ROWYCO Kustoms.

    He's the best.
     
  17. Rhomco

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    All depends on if you want to brag about "who" painted it or if you just want a great paint job.:bow
    Bet you can guess "who" did all these.
    Rob
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    "It's unwise to pay to much, but it is worse to pay too little. When you pay to much, you lose a little money - that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better."
    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)
     
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    What's the story on this one? That is one cool guitar!
     
  20. Rhomco

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    What's the story on this one? That is one cool guitar![/QUOTE]

    I was a British Invasion teen during the 60's and we all played Rickenbackers because thay were so cool looking. I still think they are cool looking but not my cup of tea after all these years. This guitar is a mix of features I wanted in a guitar. Bolt on Les Paul scale neck with real string bending frets. Joe Barden Two Tone pickups for single coil and humbucker tones. I used a 82" Fender Elite Telecaster top loader bridge for it's excellent sustain. Basically. I was trying to capture the look and vibe of a Ric that offers all the playability and tonal aspects I want in a guitar today.
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