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Jimi Hendrix V repro: What paint should I use?
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Is this a good idea, or should I do some other flying V project?
Do it! Great idea!
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Try something else, but I don't know what.
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Try this (see reply section for my suggestion).
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:54 am    Post subject: Jimi Hendrix V repro: What paint should I use? Reply with quote

So I just got a Gibson V and since I'm itching for a new project I thought I'd try to replicate Jimi's classic psychodelic V:



Since I'll be using Nitro for the black underneath, what should I use for the colors in the psycodelic patterns over it? It appears I need blue, green, red, and yellow. I hear it's nail polish or the like that he used himself, but I'd rather do something a little "nicer" than that, so what kind of paint should I use, and more importantly, where can I find some?

Thanks!
-Rob
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cannot answer your question, but that will be a very cool project. I would love to put that paint job on a strat or tele, since I prefer those over Gibsons.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let me guess. John Mayer bought one and you're trying to beat the rush to copy him? Laughing

Just kidding ... unless I'm right. Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might want to search for Monterey jimi relics on here. Theres been a few and lots of good info for paint supplies.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

actually, I've been wanting a V for quite awhile, and found a "faded" V at guitar center as a blow-out. From what I can tell, these faded ones are so much cheaper only due to the lack of a real finish, as all other specs seems on par with the standard model. Then when I went to the gibson custom shop site they just did a limited run of these Jimi V's for a stupidly high price... After I seen the specs on that one and compared it to my cheap-o V I figured it would be real easy to replicate on my own with only a few new parts. ...hell, I was planning on refinishing this thing anyway, so why not? Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

go for it. And take lots of pictures
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would love to see you do it b/c it would be an achievement of massive proportions.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds like a challenge, Joe! Twisted Evil

I'm on it... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I double that challenge! Go for it. I would love to see it.

I wish I had the artistic talent to paint all of that. There is no way I could do that, but I admire people who can.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

artist acrylic paints from what I read in earlier posts. Never tried them myself. expensive per tube.

Find them at most art stores.
Michaels, Jo Ann Fabrics.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i did my monterey from Folkart paint by Plaid. that works the best in my opinion. now the picture you see, use a shade lighter simply because when you take a picture the color goes just alittle darker. also for that guitar he used nail polish , so try a wal-mart or something for the colors (if you want to do a 100% original style)

f you need some help let me know
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go for it. It's a nice piece to have.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use either enamels or acrylics if you want it more durable and have more of the "look" of the original, IMO. I clear over with nitro all the time. Make sure the design's paint is fully dry and set before you do and do your first passes lightly and build up as you do it.

I did one quite a while back (well before the Gibson limiteds). I had it posted on here I think when I did it, but I think the long thread with a bunch of my replicas and relics disappeared in one of the great crashes.

Anyway, here's another look:



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bones3010 wrote:
That sounds like a challenge, Joe! Twisted Evil

I'm on it... Very Happy


It wasn't a challenge. I was just doubling your excitement. I think it would be an awesome project.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beautiful job, Jeff! ...I'm very psyched to do this now.

Joe: Just teasing about the challenge comment! I know you meant to thrust some enthusiasm into doing it! Very Happy

BTW: Let me reiterate my original question. Does anyone have an idea where to find these colors to hand paint?

Also, any hints on where to find one of those maestro trems for a decent price? ...I found one on the allparts site but it seems to look a little different (longer) than the original. Confused

Thanks again for the insight and encouragement! I'll be sure to post some progression pics as this moves forward.

-Rob
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