I'm starting to get parts coming in everyday now, I guess it's time to start doing something.
First things first. I had to get the body finished.
Believe it or not, there is not one drop of wood stain on this body. I asked in a thread how to cut ebony stain, or another method of getting a smoke color. Dr.K, mentioned that he heard you could use fabric dye. Well, I got to digging around on-line, looking for something like that. I finally wound up on a wood finishing page, on methods used a long time ago on furniture.
I used black, uncut, liquid fabric dye. Now, when this stuff is not watered down it acts funny, be prepared to play with it a little. I put it on very thick and let it dry. After it dries, it gets like an ashy look to it, like there is a powder on top of it. Now you get a moist rag and rub the piss out of it. You can take as much off as you like to get your desired effect.
I wish I had taken pictures of this process, it was fun.
Next I got a bottle of Tru-oil, mixed in a little bit of scarlet fabric dye, and I have a red tinted finish to put on my guitar.
This worked out really well. It actually gave the body a bit of a purple look to it, but it just depends on the angle you look at it.
I'm pretty pleased with the look of the body so far, but it's not perfect. If I had it to do again it would look alot better.
Well, here is what fabric dye and 15 coats of red tinted Tru-oil looks like.
I know I'm teasing you guys with just a back shot, but I'm not ready to show the front yet.
Edit: I never would have thought it was so much fun to rub out a piece of wood. "Sorry for the bad humor."
Before and after: