ES-175 Build

Builder: Marty

Comments: First build! Had tons of fun and learned a LOT. This build took a little over two months. I used Amber, Red Mahogany and Tobacco Brown colortone stains, several coats of clear colortone rattlecan lacquer and colortone polishing compounds to buff the final finish. Upgrades: Gotoh Tuners and bridge, StewMac Parson Street pickups, CTS pots, switch and Jack wired with StewMac premium wiring kit. What I will do differently for the next build: Spend more time on step 1 - Wood prep! I missed some glue squeeze out from the factory which caused some splotches in the staining process. Additionally, I'd spend a little more time applying a sanding sealer over the stained wood. This would've allowed me to level sand the sealer so that the lacquer would have had a smooth surface to adhere to which would have resulted in a glass smooth finish. I used a sealer on the neck, but the sealer started making the stain bleed which would have ruined the sunburst on the body. I opted to lacquer the body without the sealer so my finish feels a little more "natural". Thanks, Fretwire!

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