Deep into repair on a 1964 Martin 0-18 where I had to replace the top upper bout from the waist out (see pics) and wanted to see what tricks you folks might have regarding color matching the spruce. I've gotten a pretty good match on the grain etc. Normally I would have opted for full replacement but the balance of the top was in fairly nice shape so this slice and splice method seemed right. I don't want to overspray the original finish so matching the raw wood color is critical. Stories or suggestions welcome.
That looks really great! More importantly, it looks welcoming. I want to pick this thing up and play it. It's going to provoke typical comments like "Shame about the top, 'cause this is a great guitar otherwise!" Which misses the point, as so often happens, that looks, while important, are not the key to having a blast playing a guitar. (I probably have to make some kind of mandatory Willie Nelson reference here.)
BEAUTIFUL work Eric.
Very impressive (:
All the best (-:
Very nice match, Eric!
When Dichromate is used on maple it produces a very nice oxidized look. Several years later, though, the maple starts to take on a greenish color. I have no idea if the same thing would happen with Sitka. Hope not.
I was told about the green maple issue by my violin friend, apparently spruce does not have the same issue. I found that using a very diluted solution and giving ample drying time gave me a lot of control over the color. The biggest problem I encountered was trying to keep the dichromate off the adjacent spruce as it caused it to go straight to black, next time I age the wood before I join the pieces together. Live and learn.