Check Out George's Fender Rocky Guitar! | Fab Forum

Introducing the inaugural Fab Forum February Fundraiser! Click here for more details.

Please consider registering

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —

— Match —

— Forum Options —

Minimum search word length is 4 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed sp_TopicIcon
Check Out George's Fender Rocky Guitar!
No permission to create posts
10 January 2011
Inner Light
Friar Park
Candlestick Park
Forum Posts: 527
Member Since:
20 December 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
11 January 2011
Sitting singing songs for everyone by the mountain stream
Apple rooftop
Forum Posts: 1212
Member Since:
4 December 2010
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
Well we all shine on like the moon, the stars, and the sun.
4 October 2012
Forum Posts: 4392
Member Since:
31 March 2008
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Some links for you:

I'm sure I read an account once of how George decorated the guitar, but I can't remember which book it was in. IIRC it mentioned what type of paint he used etc.

Please don't spoil my day; I'm miles away

Can buy me love! Please consider using these links to support the Beatles Bible: Amazon | iTunes

4 October 2012
The Star-Club
Forum Posts: 68
Member Since:
24 September 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
16 October 2012
The Star-Club
Forum Posts: 68
Member Since:
24 September 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

MKR said
That's great linkjws.

So i have a couple of specific questions i'd like for you to help me out with.

1. what paints did you/friend's mum use? I know George used Day glo paints. I have also heard good things about testor/tamiya paints (the ones people use for model cars and such).

2. How much prep work did it involve? as in taking guitar apart/sanding/etc. I would think that george himself didn't do that much. I'd probably take off my pickguard, but that would be about it unless you would say otherwise.

3. what kind of finishing laquer/varnish was applied at the end. brand name or something specific would be useful.

Hey MKR sorry it took so long but I just got ahold of my friends mom.  She finished up another guitar for me and I had the chance to ask her about a few things that I remembered.  Unfortunately she doesn't remember a lot of details but this is what I got from her.


1) She was not sure on the brand anymore, but she said she used acrylic paints.  They stick the best and are very vibrant.  


2) She had a friend disassemble the guitar completely.  She then sanded it down by hand (because the guitar was not the base color of George'.  It was some weird green color).  After that, she applied Kilz brand primer. She said that the paint sticks to this much better than the bare wood.  To get a more true result, she painted the whole body of the guitar a shade of blue close to the "Sonic Blue" that was on George's and John's strat.  She believes she worked from the inside out, but she did attach the pick guard so she had a guide as to where everything needed to be.  She also didn't paint over layers.  My guess is so that the yellow and lighter colors remain unmixed and therefore more vibrant.


3) After everything was done, she applied a clear coat of laquer.  She isn't sure what brand, but she did say it was a spray on.  


I hope all of that helped you in some way MKR.  She said she would love to do another, but knows you probably want to do this yourself.  She said overall its a good project, the biggest trick is getting all those lines to match, and making sure the shades are correct.  Let me know if you need anything else and I'll try to get more answers.    

13 December 2012
A Beginning
Forum Posts: 1
Member Since:
13 December 2012
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
Forum Timezone: America/Chicago

Most Users Ever Online: 597

Currently Online: Necko, Ahhh Girl, trcanberra, Merch, KaleidoscopeMusic, thehippiechick
46 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

meanmistermustard: 17188

Ahhh Girl: 10784

Annadog40: 9799

Zig: 7584

parlance: 7092

mr. Sun king coming together: 6980

Mr. Kite: 6092

Silly Girl: 5888

trcanberra: 5552

Ron Nasty: 4974

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 87

Members: 3339

Moderators: 4

Admins: 2

Forum Stats:

Groups: 3

Forums: 42

Topics: 3821

Posts: 202664

Newest Members:

g_hay, Evangeline, SomertonView, Mercury7, babapez

Moderators: Ahhh Girl: 10784, meanmistermustard: 17188, Zig: 7584, Joe: 4392

Administrators: Joe: 4392, Ellie: 3

Members Birthdays
Today: None
Upcoming: HerMajesty