Guitar Of The Month – April, 2018
Congratulations goes out to Vasily Velikolepni for his guitar build, to earn him Guitar of the Month for April 2018.
Vasily upgraded his STK-15 guitar with a Fender Tex-Mex loaded pickguard, Fender locking tuners & Wilkinson WVC-SB Chrome 6-Hole Vintage Strat Tremolo Bridge.
“I used 2 colours of oil based paint, one colour for the first 2 layers and a little darker colour for the other 4 layers to achieve a nice relicing effect. After sanding in between all 6 layers, I used sand blocks and a sanding machine to make it more raw and natural. I used the bigger size sanding discs and used the corner of rounding mechanism with an abrasive material on it. I then made a top coat from clear gloss acrylic lacquer and polished it.
The neck aging process was much easier. First I tinted it (kind of amber), then used 3 layers of gloss lacquer followed by some wet sanding. In the parts where I felt it would look aged best, I used a black water base like Rit dye and then sanded it with a very fine sandpaper (1000-2000-8000)
After finishing this guitar I realized I want more!”
– Vasily Velikolepni