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Bruce’s Ocean Blue Beauty..

I love this job… check out what Bruce did with our “bones”



I started with the non chambered ’59 carved top, customized with a flame maple top, ’60s slim tapper neck, ebony fretboard, and trapazoid inlays. I added Grover Rotomatic tuners, and a black TUSQ XL nut by Graph Tech.

The body only required a little finish sanding and it was ready to receive the dye.

I started by taping off the back and sides, including the natural masked binding area, and applying an initial coat of blue mixed with water to raise the wood grain. After sanding that off leaving the blue in that great flame pattern, I repeated the process 2 more times, the last application was mixed in alcohol to keep from raisng the grain again.

I set the neck and then taped off the top and the masked binding area as well as the fingerboard and stained the back, sides, and neck with a mix of “medium brown” and “mahogany red” dye in alcohol.

Next step was to start adding the layers of nitrocellulose lacquer, sanding between each coat. I finished by rubbing out the lacquer by hand.

It’s wired up with the Paul Iverson Drop in Pro wiring kit, and a set of Seymour Duncan SH-1 ’59 neck and bridge humbuckers with nickel covers.

The bridge is the Tone Pros Artisan Series T-O-M style bridge and tail piece. Love the locking feature on this set.

The precision of the neck and body made this build a real pleasure.

Thanks for your continued dedication to producing quality neck and body sets.