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How do you get an unevenly colored finish like those I see on Eastman guitars? Check out the brown ones here: http://www.jhalemusic.com/pages/eastman.html I love the way it looks. Is this simply a byproduct of hand applied spirit varnish, or is there some kind of weird technique involved?

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How do you get an unevenly colored finish like those I see on Eastman guitars? Check out the brown ones here: http://www.jhalemusic.com/pages/eastman.html I love the way it looks. Is this simply a byproduct of hand applied spirit varnish, or is there some kind of weird technique involved?

Well, looking at the link you provided, I don't see any guitar with an "uneven" finish, so I have to assume that you are referring to the sunburst that most of those guitars in the link seem to have.

Usually, those are sprayed, but I believe Myka here on the board has had some great results with handrubbing stains to a "sunburst" finish...

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I believe you are talking about the figured wood. Takes a lot of practice to do it well. It is a process of applying color and sanding back then applying more color. Do some searching and you will find examples of how this is done. I would search for you but I am short on time at the moment.

Peace,Rich

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In that picture (if you're talking about the front plate, and not the sides which are figured wood like Rich said), it looks like it's just absorbed more dye in the places where the arch is the sharpest and in the direction of the grain - i.e. where there's the most end grain (end grain absorbs MUCH more dye and gets a lot darker).

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