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Would This Look "Cheep" or "Tacky"

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Greenman, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    I allready have a 1/4" Flame maple bookmatched top that I'm going to drop over a Mahogany body. I want to dye the flame top black and the back will be solid black and a nitro-lacquer finish to both.
    I do not want to burst the black over the top.
    The question: Would it look cheep or tacky if I were to seperate the two woods with a paint line?. It would be buried under the clear and not visible in any reflections. Thus eliminating any binding and exposing a slight bit of the flame grain on the edge.
    Ya/No/Maybe ?:confused:
  2. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works
    beauty / cheapness / tackiness is all in the eye of the beholder.

    Proof? Some people love the Bongo, others hate it. Me? I want one in metallic copper but could never see myself liking one in a traditional solid color like black, red, white, etc ...

    All the best,

  3. DougP


    Sep 4, 2001
  4. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    Ya I like the look of that, but without the binding.

    Hambone, I didn't want a pinstripe I ment stop the solid color with a nice clean edge.
  5. DougP


    Sep 4, 2001
    since you want solid black into a dyed black top. i see no reason why it wont look good.
  6. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    If I was to clear the top before I mask for the black the solid paint would not leach under the tape into the top wood and maybe produce a crisper line.:)
  7. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Warmoth uses masking to great effect. They mask both stain, and sprayed finishes:

    Some tricky masking on this Benavente-Divinity too:
  8. wow, i kinda like that look, that black on blue looks killer, minus the binding
  9. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    Ya I just found this finish transition.