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May 17, 2018 - 12:05:11 AM



1769 posts since 2/20/2016

OK, I'm about ready to spray this thing, so I'm going to try once more.

Does anyone have the recipe for modern Gibson brown? I'm working with mahogany, will fill with Cardinal rosewood pore filler, and spray with nitro. I have emailed the Gibson repair department twice and gotten no response. Does anyone know what toner or dye Gibson was using around 2009?

Any informed insight would be greatly appreciated.

May 17, 2018 - 7:57:34 AM
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14515 posts since 2/7/2003

Ive been finishing for 42 years and there is no " recipe".
You develope your recipe depending on what products you use. Each brand of stain or pigments will be different
Further there wasnt a carved in stone Gibson recipe that was consistant for... ever.. If you saw thirty rb 3s you could see color all over the place, due to more than one reason


My suggestion is get some scraps of mahogany, get some red, brown and amber or yellow and pull up a chair and start mixing


Edited by - desert rose on 05/17/2018 07:59:40

May 17, 2018 - 10:32:46 AM



2068 posts since 6/30/2017

stew-mac markets the standard sunburst colors ..try them..

a your mahogany on the reddish side or the brownish side to start with?...theres a way to kill the red in mahogany by spraying a green toner on it..go lightly or you will end up washing it off and starting again...

try stew-mac tho

May 17, 2018 - 11:20:03 AM



1769 posts since 2/20/2016

I was up later than I care to admit working on test boards with the stains and dyes I have here. I can probably get in the neighborhood, but it would be a lot easier if I knew what brand and color of dye or toner was used at the factory. If anybody here worked for Gibson it would be helpful. The original color was a medium transparent brown.

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