#MGS2Build - Natural oil, fretting and assembly

#MGS2Build - Natural oil, fretting and assembly

First of all, apologies for the delay in my MGS2Build updates here on the blog. Guitar Show 2019 prep absorbed all of my energies through the past month but enough with the excuses and let's get on with the Millimetric!

Things moved rather quickly through February as Florian was very much hoping to have the guitar to me in time for the Guitar Show. One of the most wonderful aspects of Florian's builds is the fretting, his unique fret end shaping style is as much an aesthetically pleasing addition as it is pure playable joy. Florian kindly filmed and shared some updates of the fretting process on this build on his Instagram stories, but sadly I don't have any photos other than the main image above. 

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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?!

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The last update saw the body shaped out, which leads to sanding and a hint at how this is going to look in the end. Here's a couple of photos Florian sent over showing the wet sanding process, raising the grain to flatten it for a beautiful finish. The walnut body looks stunning! This is going to be oxidized, so I cannot wait for that lovely walnut to turn black, it's going to have so much character.

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