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Oct 31, 2020 - 1:54:23 PM
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I'm building a 60's RB-100 repro neck, and I'm not sure what stain/dye to get.

I have had excellent luck with these dyes...
highlandwoodworking.com/arti-a....5oz.aspx
...but I've only used the Light Mahogany, which definitely isn't the appropriate color to match a 60's RB-100.

What should I get?

Edited by - Lemon Banjos on 10/31/2020 13:55:43

Oct 31, 2020 - 2:07:31 PM
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71 posts since 8/9/2007

I'm just going to guess that a perfect match will require custom blending at least two of them ............

Oct 31, 2020 - 2:30:32 PM

2217 posts since 2/7/2008

I use TransTint dyes from Homestead Finishing. You can mix with water or alcohol. Their samples are on maple and tend to be pretty accurate.

Can you post a picture of the color you're trying to achieve?

Nov 1, 2020 - 7:26:44 AM

3406 posts since 5/29/2011

Stewart MacDonald's Color Tone dyes have always been a favorite of mine. For an RB100 I would go with Medium Brown. It is darker than you would think but can be thinned to whatever shade you want with water or grain alcohol. I use Everclear to thin it. Just remember to mix enough to do the job the first time because mixing another batch exactly the same shade is tricky.

Nov 2, 2020 - 7:24:32 AM

391 posts since 5/29/2015

The Stewmac book on finishing guitars has most if not all of the formulas for doing classic Gibson finishes including walnut. Go to your college library and do an Inter-Library-Loan request for the book. Will cost you nothing. Not just what tint but info on preparation and pore filling.

Nov 2, 2020 - 5:29:28 PM

2217 posts since 2/7/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Banner Blue

The Stewmac book on finishing guitars has most if not all of the formulas for doing classic Gibson finishes including walnut. Go to your college library and do an Inter-Library-Loan request for the book. Will cost you nothing. Not just what tint but info on preparation and pore filling.


This is good to know! Thanks! 

Edited by - Quickstep192 on 11/02/2020 17:29:42

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