Winner! Gavin Guitars - Elizabeth

By Gavin Guitars in Alabaster, AL.

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ABOUT "Elizabeth" is a custom medium jumbo sized acoustic guitars built by Chris Giles - Gavin Guitars.  Chris is a hobbyist guitar builder turning out 1-2 guitars per year during his free time from his basement workshop.  Each guitar is given a name - Elizabeth in this case.

MATERIALS "Elizabeth" has Indian Rosewood back and sides and an Engelmann Spruce top.  Bindings are curly Maple and the rosette is segmented Cherry burl wood.  The neck is a 3 piece laminated neck made of Honduras Mahogany and curly Maple.  Tuning machines are Gotoh 510s.  The finish used is General Finishes High Perfomance Poly.

FINISH 8 coats of General Finishes High Performace Poly were sprayed using a Fuji Minimite 4 HVLP system.  The finish was level sanded after every 2 coat using 600 grit wet or dry sandpaper.  The final coat was level sanded by hand starting with 1000 grit wet sanding working up to the final 3200 wet sanding.  The finish was then buffed using Menzerna compounds on a shop-built buffer with cloth wheels.  

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Products Used

  • General Finishes High Performance Poly