Shaftesbury Les Paul: Applying headstock logos

By this morning, all of the materials for creating the headstock logo had arrived so I set to it.

First, finishing off and tidying up the logo design I was going to use.

I then printed this onto the water-slide decal paper.

Coloured the lettering in with the gold and silver inks.

I left them to dry for an hour, trimmed them to size and dropped them into luke-warm water.

These were carefully applied to the lightly sanded headstock and left to dry.

A light coat of lacquer.

This was followed by three heavier coats, each of which rubbed down with well soaked 1200 grit wet and dry paper. Here’s the headstock just prior to the final coat.

And following the last coat of lacquer.

That brings me to the end of the painting phase of the project. There are a few flaws, but loads fewer than I expected there to be. All in all I’m delighted with the result. All that remains is to store the neck away with the body for a couple of weeks and then finish off with a light rub down with 2000 grit wet and dry, T-Cut and a final polish. That’ll just leave assembly, wiring and the setup.

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2 thoughts on “Shaftesbury Les Paul: Applying headstock logos

  1. Looking great Dave. I hope it plays as well as it looks

  2. Thanks Steve. Me too!

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