The gold from the first day’s gilding is now securely fixed, and I can move on to the next area. I’ve broken the rest of the job down into four, daily stages – and so should be able to complete most of the body within a working week…
This is my first attempt at oil gilding for a while. The theory is strong – but technique needs to be built upon. Still – you have to start somewhere. I need to break the gilding job down into easy to manage sections. I can make my first attempts around the horn cutaways. That way, I can get to grips with the medium before comitting to the main faces of the guitar body.
Building up the base coat for the EC Tribute Stratocaster might seem, at first look, to be a relatively simple step in the overall process. but there’s a lot at stake here. The gold leaf is so thin that any faults or uneveness in the base coats can telegraph through. Much of the eventual “character” of the finish is established at this stage. It’s a simple step which takes time to get right.
I’ve already decided to mount the battery for the MDX unit within the tremolo spring cavity. However, without something to hold the battery in place, It’ll be rattling around like crazy. A further, small modification is required, so I can fit a battery holder.
The body and neck for the, EC inspired, gold leafed Stratocaste have arrived. I need to see how they marry up, and look to making a start on prepping the body. As well as sealing the wood, ready for gilding – I need to work out how to mount the Mid Range Boost circuitry within the standard Stratocaster configuration.
The International CITES regulations, regarding the import and export of various hardwoods, have been with us for a while now – but the knock-on effects are now, quite apparent. Finding a 1959 style, rosewood, slab fingerboard neck for the Jimmy Page Tribute, “Dragoncaster” project has proved a difficult task.
The Ash Stratocaster I built last year has become one of my “go-to” guitars. As one of my first builds – I’m especially fond of it. However, with a few key components left over from other projects, I’ve had the chance to upgrade the guitar into something really special.