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  • TeyeplayerTeyeplayer Frets: 698
    rexter said:
    rexter said:
    Beautiful aged Firemist Silver JM in the works...


    That is gorgeous, what colour is the jazzmaster peeping out the right hand corner with the anodised guard, that looks rather super too?
    Thank you! @Teyeplayer! That's my Sherwood Green (from @SteveRobinson I think) custom built JM. It has 1.5" thick poplar body - so more akin to a Mustang in that respect - vintage 1970s Fender pickups and various other old parts. Repro goldguard made by @andrewaward. It's been with me longer than any other guitar I've owned, over 10 years now and will never sell it. It's just an amazing guitar, resonant, a dream to play and the most tuning stable guitar I've ever owned - even with ridiculous trem use. Back when I was playing in bands and it was sporting 3 vintage Dearmond pickups, Adam Granduciel from the War on Drugs developed a minor obsession with it while we were supporting them in the UK.

    It was made by a guy called Ben who sometimes goes under the guise of http://www.motorik.co.uk/. He's supremely talented craftsman and has built some amazing guitars, included painstakingly accurate recreations of vintage Yamahas and some gorgeous Jaguars and Jazzmasters. He's one of the old time regulars on offsetguitars.com (username - theworkoffire) which is how I met him and snagged this guitar. There are some of his build threads in the Library section there which are always worth a read!

    Probably posted this before, but any excuse...


    I’ll have to check him out, that’s a work of art! 
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 166
    He is indeed an artist with a router! A lot of great builders on that forum.

    These bodies are all in my queue to be finished and are made by another offsetguitars.com member who should be launching his brand this year - building some truly lovely models. Will be working with him to develop the Rexter Guitars models as I don't want to be limited to Fender repro parts. Watch this space!


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  • rlwrlw Frets: 1658
    edited May 23
    Out of interest, could you remove two marks on the bottom of an LP which were caused by the rubber used on the stand reacting with the nitro finish.  About half an inch wide and the thickness of the body?
    Save a cow.  Eat a vegetarian.
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  • paulnb57paulnb57 Frets: 1176
    edited May 24
    I've just taken delivery of 3 Tone Sunburst Relic Strat body, very nice indeed, thanks!
    Stranger from another planet welcome to our hole - Just strap on your guitar and we'll play some rock 'n' roll

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  • rexterrexter Frets: 166
    paulnb57 said:
    I've just taken delivery of 3 Tone Sunburst Relic Strat body, very nice indeed, thanks!
    Hey Paul thanks ever so much for that - really glad you like it! Will be cool to see what you do with it!
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  • DazkeirleDazkeirle Frets: 0
    Hey rexter, joined here just to reply to you. Would love a black with gold flake job done on a warmoth strat body I have. Something you could do? How do I go about this?
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 166
    Dazkeirle said:
    Hey rexter, joined here just to reply to you. Would love a black with gold flake job done on a warmoth strat body I have. Something you could do? How do I go about this?
    Hey hey, thanks for the message, I'm honoured! It's a great forum to be on so welcome!

    Will reply to you on PM about the flake job more specifically, but relating to flake jobs in general ...

    ... I've just signed a lease on a new workshop which will take me from a tiny storage unit up to about 1,000 sq feet of space with multiple rooms, meaning I can have a completely bespoke and separate spray room, drying room and mix room and also separate booths for sparkle and metal flake jobs which contaminate the main spray area too much to handle right now. In fact I will probably take along my existing spray booth that I built and use that as the flake booth. Should mean I can handle way more jobs without tripping over myself every two minutes. Big workshop space for all the messy routing, sanding and other associated jobs that can be kept nicely isolated from the paint areas too. 

    The move won't be until August and will take a few weeks of set up time but by late Summer I'm hoping I'll be pretty much set for anything in a solid space where I can really grow things.

    Sorry I haven't been on here that much lately, been manically trying to catch up with all outstanding jobs and juggle a load of other things as normal - apologies to anyone I owe a reply to! 

    And just so this is not just an incredibly long boring post without and pictures here are a few things I've been up to lately:

    Another LPB... Jaguar this time, off to Canada:




    Nice 50s burst to replace one that had a nasty fall and got damaged ... Relic "Brownie" body for sale soon! 



    Custom Shop Strat refinished in a lightly aged Surf Green - flying back to Dubai tomorrow:





    Finally buffed out the Mahogany Jazzmaster, think I'm going to turn it into a Jazzblaster:



    Roasted Ash... satin finish, dark grainfiller:



    Also finally buffed this one:



    Mixed up some custom paint for a cool job... this crazy little take on the Fender Custom/Maverick currently has a Desert Sand undercoat...



    And Raph want's it this colour on top, with lots of heavy wear and checking:



    So I mixed him up some paint:



    And lots to get on with...



    If you made it this far down, thanks! I'll disappear for a week or two now... =)


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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 609
    Roasted Ash! Oh yes please... 
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 166
    Fuengi said:
    Roasted Ash! Oh yes please... 
    have been finishing a few roasted bodies lately. The ash plays nicely, lovely to work with. Im finding roasted poplar a bit of a fussy wood for painting. Very light, looks lovely, but very very thirsty and rough endgrain ... not sure what to make of it really
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122
    Fuengi said:
    Roasted Ash! Oh yes please... 
    rexter said:
    Fuengi said:
    Roasted Ash! Oh yes please... 
    have been finishing a few roasted bodies lately. The ash plays nicely, lovely to work with. Im finding roasted poplar a bit of a fussy wood for painting. Very light, looks lovely, but very very thirsty and rough endgrain ... not sure what to make of it really

    Does look very nice with the dark grain fill
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  • FlametopFlametop Frets: 48
    I spy a Tele deluxe  :)
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 166
    Flametop said:
    I spy a Tele deluxe  :)
    Indeed! That is a gorgeous body Neil, weighs next to nothing. I’m hoping to get the CAR on their next week once I reprime it. Which reminds me I need to repair or replace my primer gun... always something!
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 166
    edited July 23
    Had a silly June and July... lost a lot of time for various reasons and so playing catch up still and due to move to my new place in just a week's time. Haven't even had time to think about the work it's going to need to get set up there 

    Sorry to anyone whose job I've had to turn down over the last month, but I'd rather that than make promises that can't be kept. However, once I'm set up in the new space I will have so much more room, resources and scope to offer more services, finishes and products.

    Nonetheless here's a few things that have been going on in the last couple of weeks...

    Lentz strat Firemist Silver refin, aged Sonic blue 60s strat and another Firemist Silver (but slightly aged) refin on a Warmoth (?)  Jm body



    Couple of Burgundy Mist beauties





    Top bound Mahogany tele refin, Shoreline Gold - had a fairly hideous greenburst before this



    Unmasked:



    2TSB strat



    This week I need to spray a Sherwood Green strat and Jaguar and a few more JM bodies in some new colours - Copper Glow (an old Buick colour) and maybe Teal Green.

    If you do need a job doing, stick with me and once settled in the new workshop, everything can get underway.

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  • rexterrexter Frets: 166
    Also this 1966 Jaguar will be going Firemist Gold. I tried to gently persuade the owner to consider restoring the original sunburst but it was a bit too far gone I guess and there are quite a lot of areas to repair on the body, though none of them quite as deep as expected.

    It's stripped down to the Fullerplast sealer and yellow dye now.




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  • rexterrexter Frets: 166
    edited July 26
    Sprayed a few more nice metallics yesterday, all stock that I'm building up for my web shop apart from the Strat.

    Sherwood Green HSS strat commission for Iain ready for clearcoats (has 1.5 coats here). Love the sparkle to this mix.





    Excited by this one - a new colour, Buick Copper Glow





    Teal Green Metallic



    Aged Inca Silver Metallic



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  • rexterrexter Frets: 166
    edited August 7
    Spraybooth is being dismantled and moved to my new place on Thursday 

    Still got a lot of jobs needing clearcoats before curing but hoping I can power through them!

    IN the meantime here's a nice two-stage Candy Apple Red on an @GSPBASSES tele thinline/deluxe (gorgeous and featherweight as it's chambered swamp ash) for @Flametop ; ;



    and... a 1966 Jaguar in Firemist Gold, couldn't resist posting this one!

     


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  • KKJaleKKJale Frets: 633
    edited August 8
    rexter said:

    Excited by this one - a new colour, Buick Copper Glow


    Love it. So cool when people go off-piste into other car paints of the period - there are so many.

    https://i.imgur.com/S07BJ84.jpg


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  • rexterrexter Frets: 166
    Thanks @KKJale - you're right, there is a whole galaxy of awesome colours out there. Always wanted to get a good copper in stock - I think the flake would probably have been finer on the original mix but mine is mixed with a coarse flake to get that extra sparkle. Planning a nice set of Copper Glow blackguards  =)

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  • rexterrexter Frets: 166
    Spraybooth downtime (new one being fabricated) means at least some time to catch up on final stages of a quite a few jobs.

    Sorry to anybody waiting - renovation of my new workshop ran 2-3 weeks behind so only really just starting to get sorted in there and a lot of stuff to organise...

    They've done me a very nice painted brick wall in one room, great for pictures 

    Subtly aged custom mixed Sonic Blue strat for @rze99 ;





    This custom mahogany JM is heading off to Ireland in the next day or so





    Top bound mahogany tele refinished from an fugly greenburst to proper Shoreline Gold. Very clean binding work if I say so myself  ;) Heading back to @Jimbro66 tomorrow



    And I need a tele for the workshop so I'll be completing this one soon hopefully. Some Rutters saddles on the way and choosing some nice pickups.



    Also have a very nice burst body that could be up for sale to cover some moving costs, although I'm trying to save stock for my website. PM me if interested - can be aged more to suit - at the moment fairly NOS just some lovely looking checking and a few sympathetic dinks...




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  • JalapenoJalapeno Frets: 3378
    Loving that bound Tele !
    Imagine something sharp and witty here ......

    Feedback
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  • jaymenonjaymenon Frets: 44
    And that sunburst is just gorgeous...!
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  • ChalkyChalky Frets: 5660
    Prices please! Does that dual humbucker JM take a tele neck?  Can you rout it for a humbucker tele bridge?
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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 609
    That brown Tele is something to behold! 
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  • jaymenonjaymenon Frets: 44
    edited August 22
    On top of all this re-finishing stuff, Jon’s a very good guitar tech too - with a sound knowledge of the mathematics and physics involved, as opposed to many a guitarist ‘having a bash’ at guitar tech-ing (including me)

    He performed an excellent and highly precise routing job on a rather expensive strat of mine - and a fabulous set up / fret dress too.  Now she plays like butter...

    Thanks Jon - respect.
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  • rze99rze99 Frets: 80
    @rexterooking forward to receiving my aged Sonic he Strat body.  Will post pics of finished build. :)
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 166
    @Chalky hey there, that JM was actually designed and made by my friend Dan down in Brighton - he has a fledgling company in the works but has been going behind the scenes on forums for a while, kind of like me. It's routed for a strat neck. Drop me a PM and I can put you in touch with him re body prices as I'm not sure what that one came in at. Probably quite a lot as it's one piece mahogany  He can do anything with his CNC. I charged £200 for that Burgundy Mist job.

    My own bodies finished in similar metallic colours generally start at £275-£300 - custom options no problem too.

    I can finish new bodies from other suppliers starting at £200, best to ask for a quote.

    Refins it really depends on the state of the body and each individual job.

    @jaymenon - thanks so much - come over anytime, glad it took that lovely guitar to the next level!

    @rze99 always a pleasure and I always anticipate seeing your builds complete, always pure class. UPS failed to turn up at the workshop to pick up your package yesterday unfortunately. Second time this week... they are taking the piss, just ask @Jimbro66 ; :p

    Side note has anyone else found UPS standards to have really fallen this year? They used to be great and I'd never use anyone else for shipping guitars and parts all over the world, but lately I've had some terrible experiences...
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 166
    And one for the road before I head off for the weekend...

    Perfectly aged Olympic White JM assembly. 


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  • Jimbro66Jimbro66 Frets: 787
    rexter said:
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    @rze99 always a pleasure and I always anticipate seeing your builds complete, always pure class. UPS failed to turn up at the workshop to pick up your package yesterday unfortunately. Second time this week... they are taking the piss, just ask @Jimbro66  :p

    Side note has anyone else found UPS standards to have really fallen this year? They used to be great and I'd never use anyone else for shipping guitars and parts all over the world, but lately I've had some terrible experiences...
    No, UPS are not our favourite people at present. I sent the Tele body to @Rexter with their 24 hour service and it arrived 6 days later after they "forgot to collect it" from the drop-off point. The body was then refinished by Jon and it was arranged to be delivered to me by UPS. This time UPS made an even bigger cock-up of it and caused complete confusion by issuing two different consignment numbers for the same package. 4 days later.......  A disappointment as in the past UPS have been pretty reliable.

    The good news is that the body is at last safely in my hands and Jon has done a great job. The photos above don't really do justice to the depth of colour in the Shoreline Gold top. It looks superb. Jon had quite a job in removing an unattractive green burst from the front before being able to apply the Shoreline Gold then the tedious job of scraping the binding which has been done so incredibly well.

    I'm looking forward to assembling the complete guitar but it will have to wait as I have to be in France for the whole of Sept. There might just be time for a test fit before I leave, just to wet the appetite.
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 166
    Jimbro66 said:
    rexter said:
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    @rze99 always a pleasure and I always anticipate seeing your builds complete, always pure class. UPS failed to turn up at the workshop to pick up your package yesterday unfortunately. Second time this week... they are taking the piss, just ask @Jimbro66  :p

    Side note has anyone else found UPS standards to have really fallen this year? They used to be great and I'd never use anyone else for shipping guitars and parts all over the world, but lately I've had some terrible experiences...
    No, UPS are not our favourite people at present. I sent the Tele body to @Rexter with their 24 hour service and it arrived 6 days later after they "forgot to collect it" from the drop-off point. The body was then refinished by Jon and it was arranged to be delivered to me by UPS. This time UPS made an even bigger cock-up of it and caused complete confusion by issuing two different consignment numbers for the same package. 4 days later.......  A disappointment as in the past UPS have been pretty reliable.

    The good news is that the body is at last safely in my hands and Jon has done a great job. The photos above don't really do justice to the depth of colour in the Shoreline Gold top. It looks superb. Jon had quite a job in removing an unattractive green burst from the front before being able to apply the Shoreline Gold then the tedious job of scraping the binding which has been done so incredibly well.

    I'm looking forward to assembling the complete guitar but it will have to wait as I have to be in France for the whole of Sept. There might just be time for a test fit before I leave, just to wet the appetite.
    PHEW.... this is the news I've been waiting for! Thanks Jim, really glad it's safely in your hands at last and that you're happy with it!  =)

    Gorgeous body, can't wait to see the fully built guitar. Top bound mahogany bodies with metallic/sparkle tops are flavour of the month for me at the moment. I've got a couple of blanks lined up to cut some myself,  but got to focus on getting a spraying solution back up and running again first.
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  • KempGuitarsKempGuitars Frets: 122
    Jimbro66 said:
    rexter said:
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    @rze99 always a pleasure and I always anticipate seeing your builds complete, always pure class. UPS failed to turn up at the workshop to pick up your package yesterday unfortunately. Second time this week... they are taking the piss, just ask @Jimbro66  :p

    Side note has anyone else found UPS standards to have really fallen this year? They used to be great and I'd never use anyone else for shipping guitars and parts all over the world, but lately I've had some terrible experiences...
    No, UPS are not our favourite people at present. I sent the Tele body to @Rexter with their 24 hour service and it arrived 6 days later after they "forgot to collect it" from the drop-off point. The body was then refinished by Jon and it was arranged to be delivered to me by UPS. This time UPS made an even bigger cock-up of it and caused complete confusion by issuing two different consignment numbers for the same package. 4 days later.......  A disappointment as in the past UPS have been pretty reliable.

    The good news is that the body is at last safely in my hands and Jon has done a great job. The photos above don't really do justice to the depth of colour in the Shoreline Gold top. It looks superb. Jon had quite a job in removing an unattractive green burst from the front before being able to apply the Shoreline Gold then the tedious job of scraping the binding which has been done so incredibly well.

    I'm looking forward to assembling the complete guitar but it will have to wait as I have to be in France for the whole of Sept. There might just be time for a test fit before I leave, just to wet the appetite.

    I use UPS for sending guitars outside of Europe. Never had a problem with collections but I always experience delays in the guitars getting through customs this end - they have my EORI number on file but call me EVERY time for it. Drop off points... Ha! Had same problem, the shop told me a parcel would be collected later that day (Friday) and it was still there Tuesday after (not helped by Bank Holiday). Was collected a day after it should've been delivered. UPS told me the shop should've called then to advise they had a parcel to be collected but they didn't... The shop denies this is their case, of course. Never using drop-off points again
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