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How's it sound? Looks sooooooo cool!

https://www.facebook.com/bloodreefsurf/
https://bloodreefsurf.bandcamp.com/releases (nothing official yet, just some badly mixed snippets from practice)

It sounds great. Although I'm generally not a big fan of GFS stuff, I love these Surf 90's. They sound to me like a cross between a P90 and a humbucker, and there's great definition between switch settings; there's never any doubt which setting you're on.

It came in at just under 8 lbs., which isn't too bad for a 1 3/4" Alder body with a full steel block trem. I'm real happy with this build.

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Next up, a re-imagining of the acoustic guitar silhouette, based on intersecting guitar pick shapes, painted lime green pearl:

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Time for a rebuild of the Shark.
I couldn't quite set the intonation properly; the tremolo was about 3/32" too far forward, and the intonation springs would bottom out before the saddles could move far enough back to intonate. That took some re-drilling & patching of the trem cutout. And there was a little hump that interrupted the curve just under the fin, so I knocked that back some. Plus I've fallen out of love with the Sonic Blue color; it just looks like baby blue. Going to go with Surf Green, which still fits the Shark theme, and should look good with the vintage amber neck.

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Change of plans on the color; went with an aged white finish. It's a Duplicolor lacquer, Ford Wimbledon White. It looks pretty close to an aged Fender Olympic white, and it goes well with the amber neck.

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Back together. Now I'm wondering about a pickguard color change; maybe white or mint?

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