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Refinishing: handling different woods?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by davesisk, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. davesisk


    Aug 30, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Hey folks:

    I'm refinishing an old Hohner Jack 5-string. It was originally black. I'm almost done with sanding (ooow, my hand!). Here's what this guys looks like with the black finish stripped completely off:

    Front view: http://www.ipass.net/davesisk/music/pics/Hohner_NoFinish_Front.JPG

    Back view: http://www.ipass.net/davesisk/music/pics/Hohner_NoFinish_Back.JPG

    Nice grain...the issue is that the wood pieces (top, neck, and bottom) are different colors. I think this would look best if it were fairly consistent, so I think just straight tung oil or similar is out. I want to make grain stand out, because I think that looks nice. I'd like to get the woods to be reasonably close in terms of color. What do some of you skilled luthiers suggest? Should I stain it all one color, maybe a honey-ish kind of color (something that's not blatantly a color, but still gives the wood a consistent appearance). Your thoughts on this please!