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PostPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 8:42 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Man, That looks great. Can't wait to get mine going. Maybe sometime next year. At least by Tax time.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:56 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Great pix, Rick! That guitar is looking better every time I see additional pix. Yeah!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:44 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks guys.

Got the second application of Tru-oil on the body. It's really starting to shimmer, so I attempted to take a little video of it. Don't know how well you can see it in the video, and I was holding the camera in one hand and turning the guitar body in the other, so it's kind of jerky:

http://dracoguitars.com/video/03_sharkfin_2nd_oil_coat.mov

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:49 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Cool!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:51 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Man oh man oh MAN...that guitar is looking AMAZING.

I don't post a lot 'round these parts, but I've been following this topic for a while, and it's blowing my mind!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 7:40 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

That guitar has a great sheen to it, Rick. Beautiful. I love how the grain shows. Yeah!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 12:44 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Yeah, that choice of mahogany blank was all shesky... He hit the jackpot there.

3rd application of oil, each pic in slightly different lighting and angle:


Filing the ends of the frets level with the sides of the fretboard (not shown: filing a 15 degree bevel...done the same way with the same tool, just tilted 15 degrees):


Getting ready to use 320 grit sandpaper on a 12" radius caul to level the frets; leveling the frets; frets leveled:


Getting ready to crown the frets with a crowning file; crowning the frets; (not shown: rubbing frets with steel wool); frets crowned:

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 10:10 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Man I wish I had one of those awesome blue fretboards Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2008 10:48 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Snappy, ain't it? Mr. Green

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:07 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Many applications of Tru-oil later, this is the final coat on the body (still a couple more to go on the cavity covers). The neck will be glued in next...




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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:12 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

That's coming along quite nicely, Rick! Great job! Yeah!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:17 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Thats an awesome design man!

Applause Applause Did you build all the guitars that are on your signature?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:42 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Thanks.

Oscar: No, Carvin, Parker, and Gibson get the credit for the ones in my signature pic. (Well, one of them was a Carvin Bolt kit.) Cool

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 11:35 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

One word... WOW! Applause

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:14 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

lookin good Rick. I've been patiently waiting for an update on this Mr. Green . How has the tru-oil prcess been going?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:05 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

It's been going more slowly than I would like, but the Tru-oil has turned out really nice... I think, in fact, that I'll use it more than tung oil finish from now on.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 6:47 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Got any more Drool fuel for us waiting Rick or it been sitting due to obligation?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:06 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Took some pics yesterday and this afternoon, as a matter of fact.

The body finish is done except for buffing, the TOM bushings have been installed, the rest of the hardware has been installed for a test fit, and the control cavity has been shielded.

Today's pics are cell phone pics; I forgot my camera... (First 3 pics' color is pretty accurate... others are off.)

Doing my best to have this guitar in shesky's hands in December.














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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:09 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

How many oil coats does it take to make it so glossy? or is tru oil like a glossy varnish?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:14 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Tru-oil builds up a gloss. It's a varnish of sorts. The guitar has around a dozen coats on it. (I wasn't keeping an exact count, but I know it was more than ten.)

This is the first guitar I've used Tru-oil on, and I like it quite a bit. It seems to be a little harder than tung oil, and it builds up better than tung oil.

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