Make Maple board look Ebony/Rosewood
I was wondering if anyone here has used products like these to make a maple board dark:
I like the bottom picture's result.
I'm doing a build and all my design sensibilities lean more to darker boards and I've got a maple board of course :)
That's just leather dye. It works well for "ebonizing" woods that accept dyes easily, and maple takes it nicely. The problem, however, is Maple is not really suitable to be left unfinished, like Rosewood and Ebony. You may run into issues with the dye running into the clear when you finish the neck. I could be wrong, though, as I have never attempted to apply a finish over leather dye.
I've never used it on a fingerboard but I have seen maple knobs on furniture dyed to look like ebony with India Ink. As mentioned, maple will not last well if left unfinished but if a standard finish was applied to a dyed board I can't see why it would'nt last for a while. The light maple will probably begin to show again but it would take a few years of playing first.
Again, I have never dyed a fingerboard with India Ink but its a technique that came to mind.
Very interesting. Thanks Line6man.
I do wonder if it will run into the clear. I have to imagine that someone has done this before, also I'm thinking this is a general wood finishing topic also. Off to Google land with this :)
Hey Big B,
I hear what your saying. The board right now isn't coated, but doing so after a stain is ok in my book. Some Fenders like Marcus Millers and of course some vintage ones have it. I suppose there might be somewhat of a tone tweak to it. It being dark and coated may end up looking unique.
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