Captain’s Log. While working on this special combination of reclaimed wild Mediterranean Cypress body with rare and beautiful Judean Desert Acacia I came to the realization that I’m probably one of the last who apply traditional building techniques while crafting an electric guitar. This upcoming Thunder Child Veloce guitar went through eight shellac sessions and it is quite glossy.
The sealer that I’ve used was made from a combination of shellac, and pumice powder which is basically a very porous, frothlike volcanic glass which is my abrasive. The pumice grinds the top layer of the wood and stick it with the shellac into the open grain thus creating a solid surface. It is an ancient technique that was used up until the 1920s.