#MGS2Build - Oxidation!

#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?!

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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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Friends, mutual respect and admiration, energy and passion for the guitar and in particular, the craft of guitar making. That is what I've come away from this incredible show feeling, inspired by it all. There's nothing quite like it and it was pretty inspiring seeing such a vast collection of what makes me excited about the guitar some 20+ years on since first getting hooked.

The incredibly talented, Tom Sands Guitars hanging out at the Millimetric Instruments table, getting to know the insane Baritone version of their MGS3 model. The avid follower of my blog will note there have been 'Meet the Maker' interviews by myself on both of these luthiers, so it was great to all get together.

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