Fretting with #147 wire
After sealing /leveling/crowning/dressing/polishing frets.
Oiling the board 3 times
I had a Gibson hoop from a 69s 250
The zinc will make it much more correct for the period.
30s Gibsons used zinc hoops as well.
I steel wooled it to gibe it some patina
Prewar rest showing brassing after I aged it on buffer then steel wooled it..
Went ahead with the number set I had
Tint coats applied (3 colors)
Next to orig finish neck
Trying to make the mahogany look like the maple
Its a little more reddish but as close as I can get
Starting the clear
I will be adding clear for a few days with sanding in between until I achieve the smoothness I wish.
Neck finished and buffed to high shine, tuners installed
One last board oiling to go
Strung on JD's
Opted for a long Kershner for now.
9/16 Grover bridge for now
Playing well already, without any tweaking
I will let it settle in and let the paint cure a day or two while I work it over