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Hey, I'm converting my Ibanez 1570 into a Root Beer JEM. The only problem is I am not sure of the right way to do the finish. LGM told me it's just a dark stain over basswood, but I'm still convinced there's burning involved, or both. Does anyone know what the "right" way to do it or have any ideas?

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There is a flame involved but it's not really burning. When you pass a flame over basswood it makes the grain show up. Get a scrap piece and quickly pass a propane torch with a flame spreader back and forth over it and you'll see the grain start to show up. if you do it too much it'll end up looking like a BSB Body or one of the Burnt Blue Satriani guitars. There's a fine line

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