Final sanding before assembly.

The lacquer and varnish have cured for eight days and are ready for final sanding. For this process I use 2000 grit wet/dry paper. I soak the paper in water with  two drops of Murphy’s Oil that serves as a lubricant. The wet sanding decreases the loading of the finish on the paper and this reduces or eliminates scratching of the surface.

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Wet sanding the lacquered top with 2000 grit sandpaper.

Sanding the side with wet/dry sandpaper - I frequently change out the paper because 2000 grit does not last long.

Sanding the side with wet/dry sandpaper – I frequently change out the paper because 2000 grit does not last long.

The contour of the neck presents a slight challenge during wet sanding - I do not want any moisture to reach the Ebony fretboard.

The contour of the neck presents a slight challenge during wet sanding – I do not want any moisture to reach the Ebony fretboard.

The headstock was extremely smooth to start with so just two swipes of the paper did the trick.

The headstock was extremely smooth to start with so just two swipes of the paper did the trick.

After sanding the guitar is begging to be assembled and played!

After sanding the guitar is begging to be assembled and played!

I will let the guitar dry for two days before I buff out the lacquer. Today I orderd a nice hardshell case from TKL’s Professional Series. We are getting close Dan so start warming up your fingers.

MDR-

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