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    Default The "Franken-stain"

    Looks like I'll be spending alot of time in my friend's auto body shop this summer. I have 2 Franky projects going, one in automotive paint, one with rattle cans, and I'm keeping the better of the two for myself. The other will hopefully fund a new Fender Wolfgang. But, that's really not what this thread is about, I have a third project as well. I mentioned before in a thread by YMI5150? that I've always wanted a natural finish guitar. I was looking at some pics one day and came across a guitar that had flames done using stain. Then I thought, how cool would it be to do a Frankenstein inspired guitar using only stain? So now I have a gorgeous basswood San Demon body from Divebomb, but I was looking for some direction. My plan was to use sanding sealer, then clear it, then use tinted clears so the stripes would be crisp and I wouldn't have to worry about bleeding into the grain. I want the guitar to be slick like a factory finish as well. I know they make stains in colors now but I think I want to stay in the spectrum of brown to keep it natural. Are there any ideas you guys have, or what would you do differently than how I have stated? Plus any input on stain choice and color would be appreciated. Looking forward to your answers and, thank you.
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    It sounds like you're on the right track. Transtint is probably your best bet to tint clear. That and Behlen's nitro lacquer is available at your local Rockler's. Get some scrap and test, test, test until you have mixed the right shade. I personally think a sunbursted stripes guitar would be cool as hell, but that's me. Yeah- natural stripes under something like an iced tea burst.

    Basswood really doesn't have much of a grain, or otherwise, I would tell you to Tru Oil the body to make the grain pop before doing your sealer, then stripes. Tru Oil is okay under nitro...

    Based on what I have seen you do, I can't wait to see this!!!
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    Sounds very cool!
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    There's actually some nice grain on this body...





    I'm getting some scrap wood tomorrow to do some color testing, and I do like the sunburst idea...I'll post progress as it happens.
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    Default test samples

    ok...these are some test pieces we tried this evening...

    this is the 1st...


    the 2nd...


    the 3rd...looks like the 1st, but 3 variations of strpe color...


    and the last...sounded cool but didn't really care for it...


    so what do ya think? I've already made my choice...
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    that's a no brainer...second from the top...
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    Well- you gave me a great idea for my next project...

    I like the darker.
    Dammit!!! I still smell like cotton candy!!!

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    Pretty sweet Mike!

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    This is going to be cool, regardless.

    Is there a way to combine the 1st and 2nd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Majestic View Post
    This is going to be cool, regardless.

    Is there a way to combine the 1st and 2nd?
    Actually were going to mix the brown with the orange tomorrow...to possibly get "the best of both worlds"...lol. I've decided to go with a copy of my Charvel neck, but the fret board "killer" birdseye as Kyle put it...I was thinking of leaving the headstock rock maple and stain it to match the body too. I'll probably have the other test results tomorrow, I'll post pics...
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    Dude, Ed is so going to steal this idea from you.

    I think that looks awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    Dude, Ed is so going to steal this idea from you.

    I think that looks awesome.
    Thanks for all the positive replies...I'm excited as hell! But, I didn't get to work on it all weekend. Pool league tomorrow, Cardinals game with my son on Tuesday, it'll be the middle of the week before I can get back to it...
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