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Uploaded on Jul 7, 2011

This is the first of two videos, in which I demonstrate the use of a wheel-type buffer to buff a Rickenbacker "jumbo" 700C/12 acoustic body. The buffer is home made and the compounds I use are by Menzerna (Google it). This is by far the neatest and most efficient way to buff a guitar.

Note that, prior to this buffing step, the entire guitar was wet-sanded to flatten the clear coat varnish, and to check for defects. The wet-sanding is accomplished with #1000 grit Wet-or-Dry sandpaper, and takes 3-4 hours per time per body.

Sanding is the most time and labor-intensive part of the build process. Each guitar spends between 20 and 25 hours in dry and wet sanding, before, during, and after the painting and clearcoating process. This is all done by hand without any power machines, although a special 4" buffer is used in the final waxing process.

Does anybody out there have a variable-speed Grizzly pedestal buffer for sale? DROP ME A NOTE if you do!

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