A really good gilding job is impossible without really good preparation first. Having already given the Hardtail body a smooth, toning basecoat and a gilt varnish undercoat - there are a couple of extra bits of prep which should help when it comes to applying the metal leaf.
Although I plan to take a few shortcuts in gilding this new Hardtail body - I'll still need to prepare the surface carefully to get a decent result. With my vision problems - I'm finding it increasingly difficult to focus on fine detail - so I'll be drawing on technique - and letting my touch guide me.
The clear nitro lacquer on "Dragoncaster" body has been curing for more than a couple of months now. Polishing can be a lengthy job, and I wanted to be able to set aside a few, consecutive days. With a suitable gap in the schedule coming up - it's time to crack on.
Having cleaned and restored the LB-100 yesterday, I can see that things have changed. I want to run the guitar through my usual sequence of checks - to see if I can start to rediscover the setup I used to know.
I recently wrote a post about the loss and subsequent recovery of my G&L LB-100 bass. I don't know if the temporary owner tried to adjust anything. Maybe it's just psychological - but the bass hasn't felt exactly the same since I got it back. With what I've learned from putting a few other projects together - it's time to have a look over the G&L. To clean it up and set it up - back to shop specification.
The urban dictionary has an entirely different meaning - Hmmm. But polishing this Jaguar is actually quite a "Zen" way to spend a dull autumn day.