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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.
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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.
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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...
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    Anyone ever color change a trans EBMM finish with Marty? I have a roasted amber quilt top, I'm thinking of going trans pink or lava burst on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slick64 View Post
    Anyone ever color change a trans EBMM finish with Marty? I have a roasted amber quilt top, I'm thinking of going trans pink or lava burst on?
    That might look kind of cool. Lots of people rave about his jobs.

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    Just a thought...

    Are the tops stained or a transparent color coat? If it's stained, I'm wondering if a refinish may not be possible.
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    AH! That was my 6,001st post!
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    Quote Originally Posted by drkev View Post
    ah! That was my 6,001st post! :d
    wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrKev View Post
    Just a thought...

    Are the tops stained or a transparent color coat? If it's stained, I'm wondering if a refinish may not be possible.
    I have no clue.....hopefully someone can chime in?

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    If it's a solid color it shouldn't be too terribly difficult to strip and repaint. If it's a trans, stained quilt/flame top, I'd guess it would be very difficult. - Gotta get that stain out that has soaked into the wood.

    Not impossible. But unlikely that you really want to even try, IMO.

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