Super Strat Build...

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    Thanks guy's, I agree that it looks good, it's just not what I picture in my head.

    This is a pic I found just now of more like I want to get. Of course this is maple but just as a reference only not quite as yellow (although the more I look at this picture the more I'm starting to like that yellow look against the brown grain, hmm). I need to figure out how to darken the grain more. I kind of wish I had done the tea wash stopping a 3 Xs and then used darker brown tinted grain filler before I did the seal coat of tru-oil. That's why I think I might sand it down and start over so I can do it that way and see if it does what I think it will..

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    I saw that video a while back and have been looking for it again. I didn't remember it was PRS or I probably could have found it. Thanks for the link. The thing is, PRS mixes their own stain and that dude used a different bottle for the second stain coat. Man that second coat really brought out the grain. I wish I could get my hands on the stain they use, I'm going to have to figure out how to get similar results a different way. Damn, this is about to get complicated, but I think I have a plan. I need to order some supplies.
     
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    BANZAI!!!!

    I'll be taking notes!

    Russ
     
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    Ok yes, I have a plan now...and it turns out it's not so complicated after all. I need to order my dyes and some grain filler. I thought I had the grain filler but after some research I learned that wood filler from home depot is not the same thing as grain filler.
     
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    I better hurry up and figure out what I'm going to do. I just ordered my OFR and Brass block (also ordered a brass claw and screws because there's no spring cover so it will look cool from the back, lol!) and I just checked my email to find that my neck has shipped. Woohoo! ..all I need now are tuners, volume pot, knob and strap buttons. :fever:

    btw...this is not going to work,
    ...I have a new plan.
     
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    I wish you guys could see it in person, these pics don't do it justice at all.

    Not done yet, but the goal was to get the grain to pop more and it does!

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    What delivered the mojo?

    Russ
     
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    I thinned some brown oil paint (raw umber) with a little tru oil and applied it with a cloth, then while it was still wet I added a coat tru oil on top and worked it until the color was all even, then wiped off the excess. It was way too easy and worked so much better than I expected. :applause:
     
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    The tea wash is the trick tho. I was hesitant to do this because it's similar to the way I did my Tele body and I hate the color it gave it, the same wood (swamp ash), but with the tea wash under it it really gave it a nice color and you can still see the tea wash in the figuring. I don't think the dye would have done the same thing so I'm super stoked at how it worked out.
     
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    Very cool! Tinting on top of sealer is an area I haven't got to yet. I'm glad the tea wash didn't derail you. Build on brother!

    Russ
     
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    The tea wash is the best, it wouldn't look like it does without having done the tea wash. That was the secret. I wish I had taken your advice when I did my Tele but when you said "black tea" I immediately dismissed the idea because I thought it meant "black grain" and I didn't want that. lol! It was the pics you posted in this thread where I realized it wouldn't actually be black and I had an embarrassing duh moment. :lol:
     
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    Looks like the tea did the grain separation hard vs. soft and the burnt umber filled the 'cracks'.

    Russ
     
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    It's got the "3D" thing going on. I'm stoked, it's all down hill from here... :fever:
     
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    It's like the dark grain "frames" the figuring highlights in the flats. It's really cool when you see it like that and I wish I could get a more real life pic, the close ups are better, but still don't show what it really looks like. I can't wait to see how it looks when I get the oil coats on wet sanding each coat. I really hope it gets the "depth" I'm shooting for.
     
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    In the Gibson LPS world, this finish and color would be called Ice Tea Burst.
     
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    Except mine is not a burst, lets just call it an Ice Tea. lol! Actually, it will have a slight fade out where the dark back and sides fade out over the edges of the top reminiscent of a burst I guess, but a very shallow burst at best and that's a stretch. :yesway:
     
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    Can’t wait to see the finished guitar Budd, I bet it will look great!
     
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    I sure hope so, I'm going all out on this one. It will be the most I've ever spent on a guitar by the time I'm done. And that's with me doing my own finish.
     
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