Behind the scenes 22/05/20

Well, im guessing you’ve found our new blog? I figured it was about time that we gave you guys and gals something to read other than the news and statistics. But these are very strange times we’ve found ourselves in, isn’t it? Rather than spend any more time talking about the state of the world right now I want to offer you gear heads a little reminder that I haven’t stopped thinking about guitars. I also haven’t stopped working on them. Because throughout all of this madness the refinishes are still arriving and new orders are buoyant. The least I feel I could do is bring you closer to the process of the SC Relics experience.

Now, im hoping that the stuff that I do every day (im currently back working 7 days a week) will be of some interest. Although I must stress to you at this point that I am not divulging my “secrets” and this ongoing blog will not be a “how to” tutorial for my processes.

So, I think i’ll start the ash bodies that were sent in by Axecaster . I always give the bodies a quick once over before grain filling. I must be honest, this is tedious. But it must be done.

You can see how the filler is picking out that beautiful grain pattern. It’ll also pick out details that you can’t see until the filler is applied.

Once I had 2 bodies grain filled I felt a quick photograph was in order. You can see the contrast between them and this will make a massive difference when the colour coats are applied. While doing these bodies I completely forgot about a few S bodies of my own I had here.

Ash is a beautiful wood, showing it off to its fullest is at the top of my priority list. That’s why you’ll rarely see SC Relics doing solid colour ash finishes. I guess the driving force behind me wanting to embrace the grain of ash is that I enjoy shooting bursts and blondes. Since taking this photo, one of these bodies has sold. But I still have two that I can have some fun with.

It’s been a mixed week, workwise. Half the time has been spent prepping and the other half spraying. I don’t think i’ll ever get bored in this line of work but it sure is tough. There is nowhere to hide. A mistake in prep means the spraying part of the process will be flawed. It’s funny, when I start to spray I usually leave my phone out of the way and on silent. But this time I had it in my pocket, just as well…..

Part of the idea behind this blog is to bring you more images from the spray booth. While it doesn’t “paint” the entire picture of the final product i’m hoping that you’ll see how much work is involved in getting the best out of everything that passes through our workshop. This single bound beauty is heading back to Kithara Guitars very soon. As you can see, regardless of the final result (aged or not aged) we treat all orders the same.

As you can see from the headstock, this freshly clear coated piece of mahogany is looking absolutely gorgeous. If it doesn’t make you want to jump in and go for a swim… it just isn’t wet enough. Speaking of which, hopefully these few images will let you see how wet I like them to be during clear coat. Note the defined “wet edge” line. Good equipment that is set up well and works properly offers an amazing amount of control.

And so I must cease typing before I make even more grammatical errors and spelling mistakes than I already have. But I couldn’t possibly leave without without showing you a rather pretty guitar that is heading out shortly.

I remember seeing Noel Gallagher at the “Familiar to Millions” gig at Wembley live on Sky One back in 2000. A few days later I saw them at Murrayfied in Edinburgh…. he had his Pink Paisley T’Caster at both gigs. I was sold. I wanted one, I had to have one… I never got one. Funny how life goes. Because I can make my own now. But more importantly to me, I can make YOU one. I’ll leave you with a few more shots of the neck detail from this beauty. Thank you for taking the time to read this far, hopefully I can share more of our behind the scenes work with you shortly.