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I'm doing a flame maple top on a 5-string bass and I bought some red aniline dye from Lee Valley (powdered stuff) and I have been messing around with scraps trying to get that cool deep look that you get using black/sand back/blue.

I learned from the tortoiseshell thread that you shouldn't use black under anything but blue, grey, etc., which totally makes sense.

So what do you use as the "darker" coat for red? Brown? Just a more potent mixture of the same red dye? That's what I was thinking and I tried it on scrap, but I haven't yet found the right proportions to get a good contrast.

Any suggestions? The look I'm aiming for is something like this:


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