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Mark Marino
Feb-17-2008, 11:15am
Well... this started when I bought a Stradolin project- the back had come loose, and the side was distended from #string pull. #So with kind advice from the builders section, I removed the back and reglued using a form to restore the shape. #

However, this Strad was originally painted, which was now falling off in large chips. So with no other option I stripped the back- only to reveal some stunning plywood! #The back looked so good that I've now stripped the sides and stained it. #I couldn't believe a Strad could look this good. #

So... I had originally intended to leave the front and neck with the original finish as we would normally do, but I thought I'd post to see what y'all's opinion is. #If nothing else you'll probably be amazed at what the Strad-o-Lin folks painted over. I'll need to use a few posts to get all the pictures up. #So should I strip the neck and top, or keep the original top finish? #I'd imagine the sound will be dampened a bit by new finish on that spruce top (by the way, the top is solid spruce- only the sides & back are ply.

Mark Marino
Feb-17-2008, 11:17am
Here's what the top looks like today

Mark Marino
Feb-17-2008, 11:19am
And one more view

markishandsome
Feb-17-2008, 11:34am
The top finish doesn't look too bad, why not just color the back and sides to match?

John Rosett
Feb-17-2008, 3:16pm
I think that the top looks great. If it was mine, I'd leave it alone.

Lee Callicutt
Feb-17-2008, 8:02pm
I tell ya', all these stradolins are makin' me want one!

I'd probably play it as it is.