I just ordered this body and can't decide what color...

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  1. reddy2300

    reddy2300 Tele-Meister

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    I bought a 2004 MiM Strat back in 2005. It's "GC only" special that came with TexMex pickups. It has a white pickguard and trem. I bought it in clear because I thought I'd sand the finish off and oil it and be done. Little did I know that it is actually a clear polyester coating that is nearly impossible to get off without screwing something up.

    So I bought this body to replace the poly coated one. (I have the trem blocked on the MiM so I decided to go hardtail on the replacement.) The grain is not really interesting enough to go "au natural" so I was thinking a very light trans white or butterscotch finish. (I was actually going to go trans white on the MiM body when I bought it.)

    Thoughts?

    The new body is swamp ash and weighs 3lb 11oz.
     

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    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Ordinarily, I'm not contrary just to be contrary, but IMHO, I think the grain on that body is totally deserving of a natural finish. Did you try swabbing a little patch with alchohol just to see what it looks like? I really do think that's as fine a candidate as any to go with a natural finish, but hey, different strokes and all.
     
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    You might be surprised how that grain will darken with a clear put on it. I also believe there is a wood grain enhancer. Worth a google search. Best of luck to you
     
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    Yeah, I agree that that would look totally cool with a natural finish. I had an amber stained swamp ash body bass - it was absolutely beautiful.
     
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    Seasicksailor Friend of Leo's

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    Unhelpfully, I wouldn't go for natural. I think I can see from the front that it's a three-piece body. I don't personally like the natural look when the separate pieces are quite evident. Don't get me wrong. The pieces are really well-matched but not perfectly.
    So, yes, my vote goes for something fairly transparent, but not full-on natural.
     
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    Another vote for good ol’ “Hippie Natural”.
    The grain looks perfect for it!
     
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    This is a candlenut wood, an inexpensive body. So with that said on how mine came out with a cheap wood, Keep it natural. But def. Use a stain conditioner first. Then spray two coats of clear coat. It will look insane. The jury is in, and natural is the verdict.

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    White blonde would look good with that grain I reckon.

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    That looks killer
     
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    This is exactly what I was thinking. Only maybe a little lighter on the "color" to show more of the grain.

    I never said the grain didn't look good. I wouldn't have bought it if I didn't like it. ;) It just looks a little bit "uninteresting". (I do like swirls and stuff in ash guitars.)

    Also, since it is multiple pieces, it would lean to needing a slight color so that the joints aren't as apparent.
     
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  11. Jerry J

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    white blonde like a MK strat would look good but also a late 50's SB with red in would look fabulous too!
     
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    If you're painting it that 'Mary Kaye White' yourself, proceed carefully - it's easy to apply too much paint and obscure the grain (how would I know?) One careful coat might be all you need, and you might test the paint on another similar such piece first.
     
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    I plan to use ReRanch aerosol products. I want to err on the side of "less is more" so that I can see the grain. Since I wont need much, I can use part of the can of MKW for practice. And then, 4-5 light coats of clear for some shine without "too much" product. Thank you for the heads-up.

    As soon as I receive the body, I can share more pics. (Tracking through USPS, now.)
     
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    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

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    Not a sunburst fan but I vote sunburst
     
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    Definitely Mary Kaye or white blonde for me...are they the same?

    But is it Rosewood or Maple fretboard?
     
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    I've seen some really nice finished bodies on Warmoth with grain like that and vintage sunburst. Fill the grain dark first if you want more dramatic.
     
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    I'd put some Tung Oil on it and just enjoy the wood!
     
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    Gut feel, given the uniform grain, is go for a gradient in parallel with grain direction. You don’t see that very often...
     
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    Another vote for Mary Kaye white. Or, if you're going for more opaque, go with one of your favorite opaque colors. Mine are Fiesta Red and Daphne Blue.
     
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    I'd go natural and then change it years down the road if you don't like it
     
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