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Dyeing wood in living trees (?)

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Dave Hicks, Apr 8, 2021.

  1. Dave Hicks

    Dave Hicks Friend of Leo's

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    I'm perfectly willing to admit that some of my "memories" fall more into the category of hallucinations. I'm wondering about this one:

    Was there a minor fad for injecting pigments into living trees to dye the wood? The dye would be carried through the xylem, staining the wood in various interesting patterns. In my "memory" wood like this was used to make guitars (maybe by Fender). T/F?

    D.H.
     
  2. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

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    Didn't Fender do that with the wildwood series? Resulted in some pretty trippy looking guitars as I recall.
     
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  3. Dave Hicks

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    Thanks! That's what I had in mind.

    Wiki: "The Wildwood was a variation on the Fender King guitar, featuring a variety of dyed wood colors. The unique color patterns were achieved by injecting living beech trees with dye prior to being harvested to make the veneer for the back, sides, top and headstock. "Wildwood" guitars were available in gold, brown, purple, dark blue, purple-blue, green or blue-green. Fender offered other acoustic and electric models with the same veneer option, adding "Wildwood" to the model name (often noted on the pick guard) as with the "Wildwood" Fender Coronado."

    Maybe some of those other memories are true, too...

    D.H.

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  4. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

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    Wow, that acoustic looks weird. Kind of cool

    Trouble is, though, that the more "real" something is, the more fake it sometimes looks.
     
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    geoff_in_nc Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    That twelve string's finish is absolutely hideous...and this coming from someone who really likes Antigua.
     
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    I like the twelve string color!
     
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  7. Harbinger77

    Harbinger77 Tele-Meister

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    They been doing that to ply in skateboard decks four about 40 years.

    Pretty sure it’s just stain.
     
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  8. Musekatcher

    Musekatcher Friend of Leo's

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    I had a chance to pickup an Fender electric 12 hollow, with the hockey stick neck, $125 at a flea market. It was one of the Wildwood colors. I wanted it, but it was too wild for my style. Can't recall if it was a green, might have been this:

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    Maybe Ill try pouring maple surup on a maple body,Hmmm!
    I think Im starting to hallucinate to. Thanks!:)
     
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    Gibson had the 'zoot suit' models with different stained laminated lumber. They forgot how hard their marketing and legal departments had convinced buyers to avoid cheap plywood knock off guitars for so many years. the models failed.

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    The wildwood flower grew out on the farm, And we never knowed what it was called.
    Some said it was a flower and some said it was a weed, I didn’t give it much thought.
     
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