Ok so i am going to be sanding down my loomis to its natural ash finish, here are my plans so far
* Spalted Maple Veneer for the head stock and body (any idea where i can buy this, or the best place to buy this) (can you guys suggest some other wood veneers that might look better?)
* Fill the EMG routes with some kind of paste and route for Dimarzios (the Veneer should cover this)
* Sand the fretboard down enough to remove the inlay stickers
* Tung Oil finish for the neck and body
I have never done anything like this before, i do have access to a wood shop now, and some basic tools.
What do you guys think?
Um, a few things to consider:
-Do you know for sure that sanding down the fretboard will remove the inlays? They might be epoxy-filled routes.
-Unless you have access to a serious vacuum bag machine, you will have a hard time getting a veneer to adhere to the carved top on the Loomis smoothly. A flat-topped RG is tricky enough, but a complex carve like the Loomis is an order of magnitude more difficult without experience and extremely specialized tools.
-Does Spalted Maple veneer exist? I wouldn't expect it to veneer very well because by nature it is fairly unstable (after all it is partially rotted wood.)
-Schecter finishes (even the satin trans ones like the Loomis) are bombproof. Prepare to spend a LOT of time getting the paint and sealer off evenly, especially with the complex curves on the face of the body.
-Additionally, depending on how you fill the pickup routes, you may get some weird bumps as the wood shrinks/absorbs the glue since it may not shrink or swell evenly.
You're talking about a number of difficult, time-consuming, and expensive mods that will likely destroy the value of the guitar and in all likelihood will not end up exactly the way you want, especially if not done by a professional.
Keep this in mind before proceeding, as it might just be easier and better to sell the thing and get something closer to your specs.