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  • How do you create this finish?

    It’s pretty popular now, I think it needs to be on a wood like Ash, right? Grain filler of one color, then a sanded top coat? Is this doable by an amateur?

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    • #3
      I think Masta' C recently did a finish like this. You could try a forum search on topics he started, but you'd have to guess the keywords. Or if he doesn't see your topic in a few days, PM him.
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      • #4
        id think open pore wood, yeah and i would think an amateur could do it with at least some level of success

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        • #5
          I thought that was produced by burning the body with a torch? https://www.woodworkerssource.com/bl...ng-techniques/
          Last edited by idsnowdog; 06-14-2021, 04:34 PM.

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          • #6
            Here is the topic I was remembering. And it doesn't have as much contrast.

            https://forum.seymourduncan.com/foru...etty-dang-cool
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            • #7
              Some are torched
              sanded then stained



              Some are stained then sanded back and stained thith the primary color

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              • #8
                I think I’ve seen some like that by Charvel, PRS, and Chapman, listed as sandblasted ash?

                https://www.charvel.com/gear/shape/s...ash/2975001521

                https://www.prsguitarseurope.com/201...ted-swamp-ash/

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                • #9
                  Yah, I always thought the ones with extreme texturing were sandblasted.

                  You can get color contrast with grain filler, but for the deep texture you need to actually be removing wood.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks guys. Seems like the professional route is to sandblast out the softer part of the grain leaving the harder part raised, do a dyed grain filler, top coat color, lightly sand and clear?
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                    • #11
                      Sandblasting leaves the wood dirty. A stiff brush with brass bristles will remove the softer grain (the dark streaks). Then stain is applied, sanded off the high (hard) partions, then painted a contrasting color. Colllings calls this a "doghair" finish.

                      Ibanez did something similar back in the late 70's/early 80's on some models made of ash.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ICTGoober View Post
                        Sandblasting leaves the wood dirty. A stiff brush with brass bristles will remove the softer grain (the dark streaks). Then stain is applied, sanded off the high (hard) partions, then painted a contrasting color. Colllings calls this a "doghair" finish.

                        Ibanez did something similar back in the late 70's/early 80's on some models made of ash.
                        Like so....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ICTGoober View Post
                          Sandblasting leaves the wood dirty. A stiff brush with brass bristles will remove the softer grain (the dark streaks). Then stain is applied, sanded off the high (hard) partions, then painted a contrasting color. Colllings calls this a "doghair" finish.

                          Ibanez did something similar back in the late 70's/early 80's on some models made of ash.
                          Like so....

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                          Excellent, thanks for the info.
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                          • #14
                            I think that finish is going to look 'very 2020's like neon looks 'very 80s' now. It isn't a bad finish, but I don't think it will stick around a lot.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mincer View Post
                              I think that finish is going to look 'very 2020's like neon looks 'very 80s' now. It isn't a bad finish, but I don't think it will stick around a lot.
                              I agree, probably closer to crackle paint in the 80’s.
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