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Am I the only one who thinks this is the most gorgeous finish of all time?!!? I dont think Ive ever seen swamp ash look this good before. Is this a relatively common finish that Ive have just been ignorant to, or is there some kind of trick to achieving this kind of richness that most people shy away from for fear of screwing it up? I almost feel that if I were to go look for this guitar at the dealer I would find that the "production models" look nowhere near this sexy. I have always been a big advocate of quilted and flame tops, but this beats the best of them IMO.

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I agree. It is very nice. My guess is that the grain of the ash have been enhanced with black grain filler. I did this on a Tele some time ago. You mix whatever grain filler you usually use with black pigment of dye or similar and test the mixture before using it. You don't want it to disintegrate when curing... Them grain fill as you normally would do.

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b162/Swe...23/DSCF2973.jpg

Then sand back really good, no filler left:

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b162/Swe...23/DSCF2975.jpg

dye the wood (and scrape the bindings clean):

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b162/Swe...23/DSCF2979.jpg

Spray the lacquer:

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b162/Swe...23/DSCF2996.jpg

sand flat, polish polish polish and this is what you get (lets see if anyone can identify the tool at my wall from the reflections in the finish :D ):

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Just go with a red dye and add the black burst and you will end up with something very similar to that PRS look-a-like

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Very nice

I like how the grain follows the shape of the guitar

Or does the shape of the guitar follow the curve of the grain?

Nicely chosen top for the instrument

Swedish Luthier, great info there!

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Very nice

I like how the grain follows the shape of the guitar

Or does the shape of the guitar follow the curve of the grain?

Nicely chosen top for the instrument

Swedish Luthier, great info there!

The grain just looks like its following the body shape because of the carved top. Nice finishes for sure.

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The grain just looks like its following the body shape because of the carved top. Nice finishes for sure.

you still have to choose grain that will do that.

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The grain just looks like its following the body shape because of the carved top. Nice finishes for sure.

you still have to choose grain that will do that.

Really? ok yeah i can see that. The grains going outward sort of... ?

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I agree. It is very nice. My guess is that the grain of the ash have been enhanced with black grain filler. I did this on a Tele some time ago. You mix whatever grain filler you usually use with black pigment of dye or similar and test the mixture before using it. You don't want it to disintegrate when curing... Them grain fill as you normally would do.

Yeah, I think some combination of coloured grainfiller, dye and a maybe some layers of tinted laquer on top of that to deepen the colour?

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