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    Axis top refinish..?

    So I've been dreaming about a purple Axis for some time, but apparently they're very rare, especially here in Yurop. I was wondering, how difficult would it be to refinish a red Axis, only the top, like, withing the cream binding, to transparent purple..? Is it feasible, is it a no-no..?

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    Not impossible, but definitely not easy. There was a guy on the EBMM owners FB group who repaired and refinished an Axis that got busted up in a home break-in. It came out looking pretty good, but it was quite a task. You might take a look at what he did. Not for the faint of heart, and probably pretty expensive to have a professional handle.

    There are a couple of purple ones available on Reverb at the moment. I think they're in the US, but you might be able to work out shipping. Warranty is going to be long gone on any purple one other than the recent Music Zoo limited run anyway.
    My stuff:
    2007 Axis Pacific Blue Burst (9/25/07)
    2016 Axis SS Starry Night PDN (11/23/16)
    2016 Axis SS Semi-Hollow Trans Teal one-off (6/8/16)
    2018 Axis BFR Steel Blue No. 45 (9/18/18)
    2010 JP6 Mystic Dream (6/22/10)
    1989 Fender HM Strat HSS Blackstone
    2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe Caribbean Night
    1995 Washburn N2 Padauk Stain
    2017 Taylor 224ce-K DLX Koa
    SBMM JP70 Trans Purpleburst
    SBMM S.U.B. SB4 Black

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    Remember, the axis has a matching headstock usually, and refinishing JUST the top of a guitar is often harder than refinishing the whole thing.

    Finding a purple axis used will probably be easier in the long run.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    Hm ok, I thought this would be a straightforward and small job, apparently I was wrong. The purple ones I'm seeing on Reverb in the US are either the BFR ones with cream binding (meh!) or super expensive, 1600-2200USD? Shipping and import fees don't make it any cheaper. :^) I guess I'll wait...

    Thanks for the input, guys!

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    It can be done. A good luthier can do it... I would reach out to Marty Bell as this seems right up his alley...
    Trans Gold Axis- Flame (DOB 12.13.1996)
    Trans Green Axis Sport (DOB 12.02.1997)
    Trans Green Axis- Quilt (DOB 03.14.2000)
    Black HH Albert Lee (DOB 12.01.2009)
    Honey Roasted Axis - Quilt (DOB 09.20.2012)
    White HSS Silo Spec (DOB 02.03.2014)

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