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Having finally got our Goldtop project playing, we now have to strip it all down once again for lacquering. Huw Price investigates the golden ratio…


1 The Greco headstock shape differs slightly from Gibson’s and here we begin sharpening up the volute area

Ishould start this instalment of our Goldtop conversion project with an apology. I’m aware some of you have been waiting a while for this and the explanation is that dropping in those Tyson Tone P-90s and stringing it up was a mistake. I’ve been enjoying playing the guitar so much I haven’t felt like stripping it all down again, but we can’t leave a project half-done, and now’s the time to finish the job.

Of course it needs to be sprayed, but before that can happen, there’s a load more prep work to be done. Stripping the guitar was a tough job and there are still plenty of specs of poly finish all over the body and headstock. I load my sanding block up with 180-grit paper and set to it. This process takes several hours but at the end the previously rough and pitted mahogany looks and feels pretty good.

Filler is used in some areas where there are gaps between the wood and the binding. A few of the dents – some of which I inflicted when stripping the body – are filled with wood dust and superglue. I also take the opportunity to finesse the transition from the headstock to the neck and sharpen the bottom corners of the headstock ‘ears’ because they tend to be too rounded on Grecos. The guitar is almost ready for finishing, but there’s something I want to try first.

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