Pitbull Guitars FS-1 (Starcaster) Kit Build

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Pitbull Guitars FS-1 (Starcaster) Kit Build

Post by iodine74 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:14 am

Got the kit for Christmas and after playing around with alot of colors, finally took the dive at it last night. Tried my best to get rid of the glue stain.

Gotta tackle the neck today, as well as the sides. Still have do decide on bridge and pickups (want to upgrade from what came with it). Thinking something different for the pickups, Surf90s in white, or 'Trons of some sort, or maybe SilverFoils.

Thought some of you might be interested.

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Re: Pitbull Guitars FS-1 (Starcaster) Kit Dyeing

Post by kdanie » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:17 am

Pretty cool, good job.

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Re: Pitbull Guitars FS-1 (Starcaster) Kit Dyeing

Post by mbene085 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:29 am

That looks really even for DIY dye job, great work!

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Re: Pitbull Guitars FS-1 (Starcaster) Kit Dyeing

Post by Zork » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:32 am

Surf90s would complement the look very well! Nice color!
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Re: Pitbull Guitars FS-1 (Starcaster) Kit Dyeing

Post by Ayrton » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:59 pm

Looks great thus far. Alcohol or water dye?
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Re: Pitbull Guitars FS-1 (Starcaster) Kit Dyeing

Post by NICQ » Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:28 pm

wow - that grain is gorgeous... considering it's a kit ?! wow :?

When clearcoating be sure that the stuff does not yellow or age or you end up with a green guitar :whistle:

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Re: Pitbull Guitars FS-1 (Starcaster) Kit Dyeing

Post by tommycarlos » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:05 am

Yum!!

Those PBG Starcasters are so on my list. I think it might be next for me.

Yours looks amazing!

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Re: Pitbull Guitars FS-1 (Starcaster) Kit Dyeing

Post by iodine74 » Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:04 pm

NICQ wrote:
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wow - that grain is gorgeous... considering it's a kit ?! wow :?

When clearcoating be sure that the stuff does not yellow or age or you end up with a green guitar :whistle:
I'll be doing Tru-Oil. It's got a slight color to it, but I think it'll be ok. There's a few layers of color going on in there that the camera isn't picking up.

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Re: Pitbull Guitars FS-1 (Starcaster) Kit Dyeing

Post by Ben17e » Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:26 am

Looks great! Tru-Oil definitely will make it greener. I have a tru oiled blue one that is that way.

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Post by iodine74 » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:51 pm

A few updated pics after several coats of Tru Oil applied over the past few days. Going to do a sand down over the weekend and start another set of layers.

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Re: Pitbull Guitars FS-1 (Starcaster) Kit Dyeing

Post by HNB » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:53 pm

Beautiful blue! Nice work!
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Post by kdanie » Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:08 pm

I've used tru-oil a lot, I would NOT sand it, I would buff it with 0000 steel wool then recoat. Just buff off any nubbies.
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Re: Pitbull Guitars FS-1 (Starcaster) Kit Dyeing

Post by smjenkins » Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:15 pm

HNB wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:53 pm
Beautiful blue! Nice work!
If I was into puns I would say that color is bluetiful. Oh wait, I guess I just did. ;D

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Re: Pitbull Guitars FS-1 (Starcaster) Kit Build

Post by iodine74 » Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:41 pm

Some shots of the back in the sun. Ordered some white GFS Surf 90s last night. I've got a set of black rings and a set of white rings, and two different types of white knobs to choose from.

I want to go over the headstock in black I think, but I haven't researched black paint.

Am thinking of Sperzel EZ Mount in pearloid to get some of that white on the headstock. And probably a Schaller Signum bridge.

I want to darken the fretboard.. particularly since the neck is bound and the contrast of dark against white looks better IMO. I had wanted rosewood, but it's a long story (this kit was a gift).

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Grr. the glue stains... I should have returned it... but oh well.

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Re: Pitbull Guitars FS-1 (Starcaster) Kit Build

Post by oid » Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:53 pm

I am generally not a fan of dye jobs, especially blue, but something about this one, it just looks right. Well done, looking forward to seeing it in its full dress!

Edit: forgot to say, I like the contrast of the maple finger board, it may not contrast the binding well, but it contrasts the blue wonderfully.
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