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    Looking to do a red stain, and thought it would be pretty cool to have a black grain to contrast.

    I looked into that 'varathane' stuff, but I read pretty poor reviews on it and I thought to forget about that idea unless anyone has a good suggestion with this.

    -thanks.

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    Re: wood grain enhancer?

    First of all..... WHAT wood are we talking about here?

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    • #3
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      • #4
        Re: wood grain enhancer?

        Originally posted by ICTGoober View Post
        First of all..... WHAT wood are we talking about here?
        One is Spanish cedar, and I may try this on some basswood.
        The Spanish cedar looks similar to mahogany and seems noticeably lighter weight than the last plank of mahogany I worked with..

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        • #5
          Re: wood grain enhancer?

          One is Spanish cedar, and I may try this on some basswood. The Spanish cedar looks similar to mahogany and seems noticeably lighter weight than the last plank of mahogany I worked with..
          I'm familiar with Spanish Mahogany... Not Spanish, not mahogany - great wood to work with IMO. Basswood is quite different. So you staining one, or both?

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          • #6
            Re: wood grain enhancer?

            Originally posted by ICTGoober View Post
            I'm familiar with Spanish Mahogany... Not Spanish, not mahogany - great wood to work with IMO. Basswood is quite different. So you staining one, or both?
            Definitely the Spanish cedar. Still indecisive for the basswood.

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by ehdwuld View Post
              Flame

              Shou Sugi Ban
              I had to look up what you meant :o

              that does seem like an idea that wouldn't cost me a trip to the hardware store.. Tt might still stain after sanding down the charring..

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              • #8
                Re: wood grain enhancer?

                Yep
                EHD
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                SR500 / Martin 000CE-1/Epiphone Hummingbird
                Epiphone Florentine with OEM Probuckers
                Ehdwuld branded Blue semi hollow custom with JB/Jazz
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                Carvin Belair / Laney GC80A Acoustic Amp (a gift from Guitar Player Mag)
                GNX3000 (yea I'm a modeler)

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                • #9
                  Re: wood grain enhancer?

                  You don't want to use Varathane as a grain enhancer, it's a finish so it would also coat the rest of the wood and it would be hard to do the red.

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by devastone View Post
                    You don't want to use Varathane as a grain enhancer, it's a finish so it would also coat the rest of the wood and it would be hard to do the red.
                    i'm leaning toward the 'Shou Sugi Ban' idea.. I think i'm brave enough to set my projects on fire. More accurately go around with a propane torch.

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                    • #11
                      Re: wood grain enhancer?

                      Sanding back black stain could work as well
                      EHD
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                      RG2EX1 w/ SD hot-rodded pickups / RG4EXFM1 w/ Carvin S22j/b + FVN middle
                      SR500 / Martin 000CE-1/Epiphone Hummingbird
                      Epiphone Florentine with OEM Probuckers
                      Ehdwuld branded Blue semi hollow custom with JB/Jazz
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                      Carvin Belair / Laney GC80A Acoustic Amp (a gift from Guitar Player Mag)
                      GNX3000 (yea I'm a modeler)

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                      • #12
                        Re: wood grain enhancer?

                        Originally posted by The_Junior View Post
                        i'm leaning toward the 'Shou Sugi Ban' idea.. I think i'm brave enough to set my projects on fire. More accurately go around with a propane torch.
                        That seems to be used quite a bit now, it does look cool.

                        I've used flat black paint before too, easier to sand off that trying to sand through stain. If you use stain don't go too heavy or you'll have to sand really deep to get through it.

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                        • #13
                          Re: wood grain enhancer?

                          Are we talking about something like what is referred to as a "dog hair finish"? Collings and Relish offer something like that.

                          https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/08...g?v=1443110649

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                          • #14
                            Re: wood grain enhancer?

                            Originally posted by ICTGoober View Post
                            Are we talking about something like what is referred to as a "dog hair finish"? Collings and Relish offer something like that.

                            https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/08...g?v=1443110649
                            That does look nice
                            EHD
                            Just here surfing Guitar Pron
                            RG2EX1 w/ SD hot-rodded pickups / RG4EXFM1 w/ Carvin S22j/b + FVN middle
                            SR500 / Martin 000CE-1/Epiphone Hummingbird
                            Epiphone Florentine with OEM Probuckers
                            Ehdwuld branded Blue semi hollow custom with JB/Jazz
                            Reptile Green Gibson Custom Studio / Aqua Dean Shire semi hollow with piezo
                            Carvin Belair / Laney GC80A Acoustic Amp (a gift from Guitar Player Mag)
                            GNX3000 (yea I'm a modeler)

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                            • #15
                              Re: wood grain enhancer?

                              That does look nice
                              Relish offers some in black with red, blue, or silver grain fill.
                              Here's the silver....
                              https://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/22354...-1/s-l1000.jpg

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