I’m going to “black top” one of my LPs

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  1. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

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    Always liked this look. I’ve got an LP styled guitar that I love but the top is a little orangey for my liking. Thinking of going…….

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  2. FrieAsABird

    FrieAsABird Senior Stratmaster

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    Is that the actual guitar you have? The one at the top? If it is, I think it looks really nice, would be a shame to hide it behind a black wall, but it’s your Choice of course :)
     
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    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast

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    In this case, yes, black.
     
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    Eligius1976 Strat-O-Master

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    Me too, lot more cool in yellow flame imo.. btw is it a Gibson?
    Very beautiful
     
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  7. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

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    Not a genuine Gibson. I thought about matte black but then it wouldn’t match the headstock. It looks much nicer in the picture than it does in person. It’s pretty orange to the naked eye. The back and neck are a decent golden color though.

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  8. Eric_G

    Eric_G Strat-O-Master

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    Nah, don't hide this beautiful flamed maple....

    You might wan to just refinish it with a more transparent lacquer... You'd have to check if it's a cap or a veneer... with a veneer you won't have much sanding material.
     
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    With that beautiful grain, I think I'd opt to sand off the current orange stain and then restain with a translucent color of choice and clear coat. Covering that pretty wood in black paint would be a bummer. Just my .02.
     
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    Painted it in the garage and got some dust in the finish but I don’t care. Good enough. I’ll put it back together in a couple of days.

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    Did you just spray right over the already gloss finish?
     
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    I do hope you scrape the paint off the binding though. The look is not gonna work otherwise.

    I quite like red tops and black tops with a brown back. In fact, any of Gibson's non-trans finishes would work better on a Les Paul if they kept the back and sides trans-brown like on a Goldtop. I never understood why Gibson won't do more of these Gretsch-like schemes.

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  13. Lonn

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    I roughed it up with 0000 steel wool. Absolutely nothing professional about this. My point was to have it a little rough looking.
     
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    That's some nice maple. I wouldn't cover it up. How about changing it to wine red?

    EDIT: Oh, just noticed you already painted it. Carry on.
     
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    You gonna put metal covers on the HBs and mount a cream pickguard to complete the look?
     
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    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

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    I am/was in the leave the yellow flame top. But if it floats yer boat thats okay.

    P.S. I like black guitars and it looks good… but the yellow was nice…:)
     
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  18. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    Do you need me to come over there and talk you down?:eek:
     
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    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    Holy crap, I saw youre doing it. Youd better come over and talk me down off my roof.:eek::eek::eek:
     
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    Yeah, nah.

    The light back ruins the look.
    paint the back and scrape the binding properly.
     
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