Project Guitar Kit SG Style – Part 1: Painting

Welcome to the progress report of my current project: build a guitar from a kit. The kit in this case is a SG style one from German store Thomann.

The kit comes with a wooden guitar body already prepared for painting. So my first task is to get some basic colour on it. Here I have chosen a plain white as the basic colour with the idea to further add some handmade drawings.

The raw body with the pickup holes masked.

The raw body with the pickup holes masked. Wood is probably Poplar or Limewood, but no info given by the manufacturer.

First step was to mask the parts I do not want to get coloured with some tape as seen above. For painting I used a simple spray paint from the local hardware store. After a first session the result was not that even and too much of the wood structure was still visible.

Front side after first session.

Front side after first session.

Back side.

Back side.

The second session with some more layers of paint got me this basic white body with the wood structure still recognisable. A look I am guite happy with.

Body after the second session with the mechanics and eletronics in the box. Missing in this picture: the neck.

Body after the second painting session with the mechanics and eletronics in the box. Missing in this picture: the neck.

For the drawings I bought a black permanent marker and made some sketches beforehand. The result after drawing on the body and adding a glossy coat will be part of the next post. Here is a teaser of different sketches I tried out for illustrating the guitar body.

The shape of things to come...

The shape of things to come…

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