#MGS2Build - Oxidation!
This is an update I've been really excited to see and share with you. If you've been following the #MGS2Build updates, you'll remember that Florian and myself decided on an oxidized finish for the walnut body and neck. Oxidation you ask?! A more recognizable example of oxidation if you're not already familiar of course! is that of rusting. We're not here for a school lesson, so simply put, Iron combining with Oxygen, forming 'rust'. Wood oxidation is commonly used to give a worn, patina'd or old look, but it can also be used to greatly darken the grain colour, and can be achieved with a vinegar and steel wool mixture applied to the surface. We've seen this technique/finish used many times on Millimetric necks predominantly, but Florian was very keen on trying it on a matched body and neck and who was I to say otherwise when it looks this good?!

Here's a few photos early on in the process - 
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There's a dark grey look at this stage of the process, and as Florian continues to wet sand, and ultimately finish with Livos tinted natural oil, we should see this pop with a vivid black colour. Absolutely cannot wait!

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These photos also provide a nice insight into Florian's neck join style. Inspired by Travis Bean aluminium neck instruments, the neck anchors right down to the bridge ferrules, meaning the strings pass through the neck and body which is quite interesting for what is essentially a bolt on design. This gives them a through neck feel when playing, which I found to be wonderful.

If you're interested in playing it when it arrives here, then feel free to contact myself and I'll put you on the waiting list to organise an appointment. This specific guitar won't be available for immediate purchase as it is the demonstration model, but orders with Florian for your own build can be placed and hopefully this demonstration instrument will help players realise just how special his work and designs are by being able to play them here at the Home of Tone.

Follow the build here on the blog by searching the tag #MGS2build where I will tag every post for the build as it progresses.

James

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