So why be normal?- the Mikel Celtic was rather plain in light ash wood, so I decided to get creative and decorate- not quite all there yet- a work in progress. The Folk Art Shimmering paint is pretty nice for the project.
No part of sound box will be painted outside of the frame/bracing-
well maybe a small thin Celtic stencil of some sort- not much of a freehand artist.
I could swear my bass strings got louder after painting the pillar…..
maybe- there’s metal in this paint and I think it may be stronger now.
The aquamarine blue turns out to be the same color as our 1960 Dodge Dart Seneca was- the only new car my family ever bought when I was a kid.
I’ve got shimmering silver for the other levers- I may paint the A’s back the same. The copper on the center soundboard rail also seems to strengthen that, and I also put some white latex as best as I could on the string rail inside- the soundboard doesn’t bulge quite as much now, and I found the sound more lively then too-
From experiences with other instruments- that’s how my thinking has evolved here- strength on the bracing, but lightweight on the actual sound chambers- although I’ve ground internal guitar bracing down and gotten better volume and resonance. I’ve slightly sanded the inside of the round back- it was left a little rough, and I’ve found that rough surfaces in sound chambers really kill the sound. The soundboard of course needs a certain strength to resist the string tension so I leave that alone beyond a smoothing.
I really think the pillar perhaps transfers vibrations better now- while of course painted soundboxes usually diminish that.
Anyway, I always enjoy detailed painting, if it’s non-toxic especially.
Harp lights may be too technology for my ecological concerns- but I do have some multi colored rhinestones on order that may look nice somehow.
The little red ruby stone in the center of the Celtic circle doesn’t show well in the photo, but in certain situations really lights up.
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