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?
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.