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    Join Date: Dec 2008
    Location: San Diego, CA
    ME: Jackson Fusion HH
    MA: Seagull S6
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    Veneering a Jackson Fusion

    There seems to be a decent number of Jackson fans and handy people on this site so I thought someone might find interest in this project. A few years ago I stripped a perfectly fine Fusion HH: https://www.metalguitarist.org/forum...stripping.html

    It turned out pretty well:


    I was never 100% happy with the old oil finish so I decided to sand it off and try my hand at veneering. Bought some burled redwood, a Gotoh trem, and a set of Blackhawks:

    It's not super obvious above, but I had my local friendly luthier cut a small piece out of the spring cavity in the back and add it to the top side of the trem cavity so it fit more tightly around the Gotoh trem. He did a fantastic job. Then I put it in it's case and it sat under my bed for 3 years. My fiance refinished a desk over the holidays and I was inspiried to get off my ass and finally get this project started again

    Flattened the veneer with softner overnight. I knew I'd eventually find a use for my old textbooks:


    Puppy is upset I turned her balcony into a workspace:


    Cut the veneer to rough shape:


    60lbs of sand, 210lbs of metal:


    The sandbag "flattened" the forearm counter. Worked pretty great:


    This is a seriously gorgeous piece of wood:


    Kinda looks like screaming faces in the flames

    I ran into some problems with the veneer chipping and lifting in two spots. The chipping was expected, but I don't know what to do about the sections have lifted slightly. Anyone have suggestions?



    Once I sort out the lifting I'm going to sand the edges and finish the body in Tru-Oil. Also considering selling off the BKP Blackhawks and grabbing another set of EMGs because I know EMGs sound sick in this guitar. My goal is to have a playable guitar by year end, or ideally March. Since I purchased the veneer I've moved, quit playing guitar, raised a dog, got engaged, started playing guitar again, and changed careers. It needs to get finished
    Last edited by jdonegan; 01-13-2020 at 08:31 AM.
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    Join Date: Apr 2015
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    Lots of non-working photo links, please fix

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    Join Date: Dec 2008
    Location: San Diego, CA
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocka_Rollas View Post
    Lots of non-working photo links, please fix
    Oof, every link It's fixed now.

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    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    Super glue gel and clamps? Veneer lifting is less about lift and more typically "bubbling". A wet glue like wood glue will make it worse.
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    The guitar project is cool

    THE DOG IS LOVELY

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    Very cool - love the veneer you picked.

    I debated on doing this with a project Warlock I bought on the cheap, but ultimately decided to stain it - and now the stain won't cure. Funny, I was concerned about having the issues you're running into, so went the stain route, but now I'm having issues with that.

    There's a really cool group on Facebook of guitar refinishers, from 1st time hobbists, to guys who used to customize guitars for Eddie Van Halen and one of the guys that made the Gene Simmons Axe basses. Tons of great knowledge and advice.

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    Join Date: Dec 2008
    Location: San Diego, CA
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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus View Post
    Corgi
    Quote Originally Posted by Rocka_Rollas View Post
    The guitar project is cool

    THE DOG IS LOVELY
    That's Freya. 18 month Aussie/Corgi/asshole. She's pretty great; all the attitude of a regular Corgi with some of the normal Aussie neediness and drive to please.Veneering a Jackson Fusion-img_20191122_195652-jpg
    Last edited by jdonegan; 01-13-2020 at 08:31 PM. Reason: Forgot how to attach images

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