Rexter Guitars - custom painting, restoration & refinishing

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  • TeyeplayerTeyeplayer Frets: 641
    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: 153
    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: 1566
    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: 1130
    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: 153
    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: 153
    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: 562
    Roasted Ash! Oh yes please... 
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 153
    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: 120
    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: 45
    I spy a Tele deluxe  :)
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  • rexterrexter Frets: 153
    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: 153
    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: 153
    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: 153
    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: 153
    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: 603
    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: 153
    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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