When I first discovered their videos I watched like 10 of them in a row. But I kept wondering if the increasingly elaborate creations of theirs could be done within a single day or even a reasonable time frame.
Take filling the holes with waters for instance. They often showed them bringing in water using pottery water jugs. That must take ages to fill some of their larger creations…
There is nothing wrong with painting over the frets by the way. Fender does it for maple necks. The paint won’t stick to the fret and any dressing operation removes it anyways. But the way he does it just seems cringeworthy. Maybe fine for restoring crap guitars thrown in a mud pile but not if it’s a historic guitar. But his playing is terrible… I didn’t watch the whole video, just skipped ahead. I can’t watch it, too long, and honestly I feel if he could just use his video editing skills he could get far more respect than basically messing up a guitar.
One good way to clean out the inside of a guitar is those ground up dried corn cobs used in a vibratory tumbler. Pour some in and shake it.
Ok, I can add whatever electronics you want to whatever guitar, but if you have to cut big holes on the side it devalues the instrument and adds additional things to break. Not to mention, getting the electronics is sometimes difficult because some electronics, for example Taylor or Martin’s electronics, are not sold separately at all but only comes with their guitars. So only way to get them is to take them off of existing guitars.
Personally I don’t like too much stuff on acoustic guitars. It gets in the way. And nifty electronic breaks and it’s hard to replace because they’re not always available. I think piezo/mike is good enough, and piezo works without batteries, and you can connect all the external effect you want.