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 Post subject: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:07 pm 
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I bought this build your own strat kit the other day with the sole purpose of trying my hand at painting...I bought some cool spray paints for guitars and other wood craft models and etc...

This is a spray stone-textured paint...The 1st coat went on well. It's in the process of sitting for the night to dry. Probably finish it the front side Monday and put the clear coat on it Wednesday.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with this yet. I know someone who has ties to the local music festival in Johnstown in August and the headline this year is Gregg Allman. If it turns out nice, I'm thinking I'm going to try to get it autographed.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:48 pm 
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That's pretty cool man. I think it'd be cool to try my hand at something like that. Of course you already probably have a leg up on fixing these things, right?


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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:56 pm 
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I've done some minor repairs here and there...This is my first build your own kit.

My guitar repair guy, he also does custom building from scratch, wanted me to get a better feel for what it takes to build and repair, so he told me to buy the kit and build it.

I wanted to get the body done 1st...I'm gonna start on setting the pickups on the pickguard and wiring everything tomorrow. By the end of the week I'm hoping to set the pickguard in and run my connections to the jack and pray it works.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:14 am 
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Wow, looking forwad to the pics of the finished product. I tried to strip and repaint a Strat once. Totally destroyed a nice looking sunburst. Never again.


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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 2:49 pm 
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Cool! 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
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Put the clear coatings on Monday and finished the wiring and everything a little bit ago...

My 'Stoned' Guitar!!!

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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
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You leaving the headstock like it is? It is interesting. 8-) 8-) 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
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Az Bucco fan wrote:
You leaving the headstock like it is? It is interesting. 8-) 8-) 8-)


I'm going to cut it eventually. Nothing fancy and no copyright infringements.

I'm just happy it all works

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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
PostPosted: Thu Jul 14, 2011 9:06 am 
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Nice work Dan. At first I thought you were going with a hard tail because I didn't see a cavity on the back of your body, so the tremolo threw me off a bit until I looked harder and noticed that you had the cavity taped up. I'm guessing the paint was so thick that you were concerned it would plug up the string holes? What pickups are in there?

You're a few rounded corners away on that headstock from being a Vox Phantom.


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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
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Makes me want to pick it up and play.


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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
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Wow, I'm impressed! It looks fantastic!

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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
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Thanks guys....

I covered the back because I was worried about it getting paint in on the inside and taking up space for the tremolo springs and bridge...

It came out real nice but for a few spots. One was a bug that landed on it while the front was drying...It was still alive the next morning but I crushed him and painted over him, but his guts were still enough to been seen through, then a few finger marks when I was dealing with the bug situation.

I had some people at 1st think it was made of stone from some of the pictures. The best part is that when I wired it, all the pickups worked and no issues at all. It was tough because the instructions, though in English, were translated from Chinese. It made it difficult to understand and the diagrams for the colored wiring were printed in black and white ink...

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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
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nad69dan wrote:
Az Bucco fan wrote:
You leaving the headstock like it is? It is interesting. 8-) 8-) 8-)


I'm going to cut it eventually. Nothing fancy and no copyright infringements.

Pardon me for donning my lawyer hat for a minute, but have you actually been hassled about copyrights for guitar design? Being an IP lawyer, that strikes me as strange and the wrong domain for copyright law.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
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I believe in the late 70's, several Japanese guitar makers were sued by both Gibson and Fender for copyright infringement in the reproducing of guitars with identical body shapes and head stock designs. Couldn't tell you the results but it has been an issue in the past. That said, I don't think a big name guitar co. is going to come after dan if he has a headstock similar to what they manufacture. There must be some kind of licensing agreement because the body is a Fender Stratocaster body. 8-) 8-) 8-)


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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
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Send it would be an infringement of a design patent, not a copyright. But I'm no lawyer.


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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
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Because the logo was on the headstock, itwas the only part protected by the copyright laws. Thats why all these no name companies have the same body styles but different tops

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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
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BBF wrote:
Send it would be an infringement of a design patent, not a copyright. But I'm no lawyer.

You're right: the design of a guitar is more properly the subject of a design patent. This is significant, because a design patent lasts for 14 years, while a copyright is for the life of the "author" plus 70 years. The Fender Strat's design has to be at least 20 years old, so if there was a design patent on it, the patent must have died long ago. But if someone is claiming copyright, there could be a problem.

That said, I seriously doubt a copyright claim on a Fender Strat's design would stand up to scrutiny. But I would be interested in seeing that case AZBF mentioned.

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 Post subject: Re: My 1st Attempt at Painting a Guitar
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Strat model is over 55 years old. 8-) 8-) 8-)


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