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    Join Date: Jan 2010
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    Custom build - should this be natural or painted?

    OK, so Soopahman and I are pretty much waving the Strictly 7 flag, so I'll share a little of my current 7 +1 build, and ask some advice. Here's the guitar as it stands now: Spalted maple top, mahogany back, bloodwood board, maple neck, black BOs and Kahler 2228. So Jim emailed me today to say that his paint guy highly recommended we paint the mahogany black (see the image from his website as an example) because it will make the spalt lines pop. I was planning on leaving the mahogany natural, because it looks like such a cool piece of wood, but the painter said the color of the mahogany and the spalt would offer little contrast, and instead would blend together. Thoughts? Which would look better?

    Last edited by Hollowway; 07-28-2010 at 05:45 AM.

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    Maybe paint/stain it a trans-black? I wouldn't want to completely cover it's grain with a solid color.

    Or maybe a darker shade of red/brown to match the bloodwood.

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    Black, with a monkey grip and blazes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elysian View Post
    Black, with a monkey grip and blazes.

    On a sidenote, I'd to trans-black aswell.


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    I think it looks great just as it is. It's a shame to cover up such beautifully grained wood.

    Trans-black would hide the grain too much, IMHO. I would only go for an *extremely* translucent finish. Probably a lighter color.

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    I'd give the mahogany a slight black dye job just to give a bit more contrast, but i don't like opaque backs on guitars when they've got pretty tops.

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    Maybe a LIGHT burst, but no more. That's gorgeous.
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    The ONLY thing you want to do with spalted tops is clear them. Color ruins the effect.
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