#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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My personal picks from NAMM 2019

My personal picks from NAMM 2019

Winter NAMM Week. An event that can likely be described best as the musical industry whirlwind. A showcase of innovations from companies all over the world, with some of the greatest, and craziest, new ventures and what to expect in the year to come. I often find that whirlwind can feel pretty difficult to keep up with, but this year has felt quite exciting so I've felt compelled to share some of my personal stand out items from following the show online. It has been great to see companies from both ends of the scale stretching the boundaries, I personally feel it's a positive step forward. So here's a few of my personal picks from Winter NAMM 2019!
27 January, 2019 by James P Gascoigne
Tags: NAMM 2019
#MGS2Build

#MGS2Build

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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I've been following Mark's instagram account for a little while as a constant source of ambient and pedal based inspiration, and recently he became the owner of a beautiful Jennings Voyager so have been following even closer to see what he creates with it. Mark's Voyager is outfitted with a set of McNelly Stagger Swagger V2s so it's been great to hear these pickups in an ambient setting. Here's a video from his YouTube channel, the first with his Jennings and displays both his tasteful music and the gear in question. Hope you enjoy

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