: Hi, I'm looking for some insight into how to achieve this 'translucent
: black' finish on this guitar:
: This finish is on maple wood and I think its just so interesting. I have
: no idea what sort of stain is being used .. I don't believe it is an
: ebony stain. Anyone have any ideas?
If the color is applied to the wood itself, it's dye, not stain.
There's a technique for highlighting figure in e.g., curly maple which involves
taking a very dilute dark aniline dye, dyeing the wood, sanding off most of the
part (leaving some in the endgrainish part of the figure), then topcoating it
any other color. Jeff Jewitt discusses this in a FWW article, and his book on
It's also possible there is a tint in the lacquer on the guitar -- hard to tell
from the photo.
-- Andy Barss