In my mother's family, there was several quantities of music instruments.
Guitars, mandolins, piano - who sadly finished as an ashtray but nobody never knew why - harmonica, hawaiian guitar...
And this guitar is one of them. Losts in an attic and disrepair, I was thinking that a quite restoration will be greatful...
Custom' of an acoustic guitar
It's a simple japanese and a very low-end guitar crafted by Morris but who needed a touch of modern design and entire restoration. Its lousy and dirty look gived to me the idea of a blank background and fresh style.
The inspiration of a violin painted on the body comes with that hope I have to customize a real one – or a contrabasse ! The red color suites so well with a full white background and give the feeling of a living “body part” (!) like flesh.
Painting on !
This fingerboard is made with rosewood but I prefer some made with ebony. First, for the comfort and the smooth sensation that give. And second, for the absolute deep and warm black color. So, that would be very difficult and expensive to unfret – and refrett by the way – all the fingerboard. So I found an easier and faster alternative : dark anthracite wood tinter. What give and very high contrast to the guitar.
About the tuning machines, I thought they were golden... but in fact they were just dirty and filthy ! So let's go for a full cleaning with white vinegar which are uncorrosive but efficient. And I sure need to take the tunners in part.
This outcome has a crasy different look than the original, especially with that kind of strings made in carbon.