Color Choices For Diy Guitar

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  1. dtc24

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    Hey everyone, its been a while since I've been on here. Anyways, for the past few weeks I've been taking a course in lutherie school working on building my first guitar. I've gotten pretty far with it and now I'm at the stage where I have to decide colors...

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    So it's basically designed after a Yamaha SG, but with a rosewood fretboard, walnut body and veneered headstock, and mahogany neck. I did get gold hardware and black 3-ply pickguard material, pickup rings, and a black input jack cover. So on to the finishes...

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    The teacher here has on hand deep amber, blue, and yellow wood due, but he was saying I should go natural with it. I put water on the body and it does look good natural.

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    Natural guitars aren't really my thing but it would probably grow on me eventually. So my choices are natural or whatever color I can make with these dyes. I was thinking maybe a transluscent green or deep purple, but I don't know.

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    I need help deciding, and maybe some material to go off of for color matching so posting some pics would be helpful. Oh yeh, I was supposed to be doing the dyeing tomorrow if that's what I decide to do so I can put a coat of finish on it and let it dry this weekend. Let me know what you think.
     
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    Also I know that if I dye it a color than that's pretty much what I'll have to stick with as in once it's dyed there's no going back.
     
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    You can always paint over the dye.

    I’d go with blue.
     
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    Deep blue.
     
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    I love natural but I am old. If you go natural with just a hand rubbed finished, you could probably change it later with a little work if you so decide. You could go a bit of a honey burst which is subtle. Look up Keda dyes. Cheap and very easy to use.
     
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    By the way, I should have mentioned that your guitar really looks fantastic so far. They be learnin you real good!
     
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    I think natural woild be fantastic...there is lots of nice looking grain there.
     
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    Agreed!
     
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    I'm definitely going to be giving it a nice gloss finish
     
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    Thanks I'm trying to stay ahead where I can so I have enough time for it all.
     
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    Yeh I know I just don't really want to have to hide the grain.
     
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    I think blue or red (or any dye) on walnut will look awful. It's too dark of a wood. I say go natural. That grain looks beautiful, let it shine through!
     
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    If you've got any scraps, try dyeing them to see what it looks like.
     
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    I agree with this. I also agree that your guitar is looking fabulous so far! I think amber stain might look good on it?

    Matt
     
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    I do have a scrap I can use as a test subject.
     
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    with that light strip in the middle I keep seeing some kind of modified CSB, but more red than yellow/orange
    Agree, too much beauty in that wood to me. If you don't like, you can surely paint over
     
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    I think a trans daphne blue would look incredible and pretty original as well.
     
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    upload_2018-4-13_0-46-13.jpeg Kind of like this:




    That dark grain in the walnut would look striking!! Not to mention the gold hardware!
     
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    Fantastic looking project! Gold hardware was a good choice. I'm fairly close to you (40 miles over the GA/AL line.) Where are you taking this course?
     
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    I'd go natural, partly because I'm a sucker for a nice piece of walnut. And I generally hate gold hardware but it would kick ass on that .
     

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