Springsteen Esquire/Tele finish

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  1. chief_stallion03

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    So a while back I posed about ruining a Springsteen tele replica that I was working on. I set it aside for a couple of months and now I have a new neck and body so I'm looking to get back on it... I'm looking for some advice on trying to achieve the color show below. This is the best in color pic I have seen of the guitar in 1975. I'm not looking to use nitro at all. I also have used wudtone in the past and have not liked how it turned out, especially on the neck. Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated.
     

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    I know bugger all about anything... but it looks to me like it's just natural.
     
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    Looks the same to my eyes. So probably just a clear coat of some sort to protect the wood.
     
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    I recently did a BossCaster-themed piece for a guy.
    It was 95% Transtint Amber with just a touch TransTint red mahogany thrown in, diluted and wiped on.
    The starting point was ash which had been sealed with homemade platinum shellac.
    I also sprayed a subtle honey burst effect on it and used rottenstone to knock down the gloss - you might not want that.


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    I really like how that looks. How does the transtint work on a maple neck? What’s the prep?
     
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    works fine. it's easy to over do it tho.
    dilute and sneak up on it, and check the color with a naptha wipedown, not dry.
     
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    I've always thought of that guitar as grey. What's the graphic between the pickups? Just a sticker. Anyone have a close-up?
     
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    It’s a leather pickguard
     

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    Okay awesome. You used the regular amber not the honey amber?
     
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    If it helps your build, this is a picture of the headstock of that very guitar.
    Took this shot while it was on display in the Met in NYC
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    correct. Amber #6000
     
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    Thanks! Still think it would be cool to do a monochrome version of the guitar to match the iconic photo.
     
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    that’s a really cool idea.
     
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    To me, it looks like a clear finish with a bit amber to slightly darken it.

    It shouldn't be too hard to tint whatever clear finish you choose to use.

    Maybe you can find a finish that has an amber cast to it right out of the can?

    I like using the TransTint dyes, but I usually use lacquer, so that's the finish I'm most familiar with.

    I see that Homestead Finishing now has an oil additive that makes TransTint compatible with oil-based finishes - like an oil-based poly for instance.

    I haven't used the oil additive yet myself, but if you have any questions, I'd just contact Jeff Jewitt- the owner of Homestead.

    I think it should work for TruOil as well.

    The oil additive is the very last product at the bottom of the page in this link, #8510 OIL ADDITIVE -

    TransTint Liquid Dyes Store - Homestead Finishing Products

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    I hope so, because I'm about to start Tru Oil on an ash body. Still trying to find the right maple neck to go with it.
     
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    1st and foremost relic/homage are about trial and error until you get what you want

    That means using scrap wood the same or as close to the same as you can get of the body you are going to use until you’ve developed a method you like
     
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    When you use the TransTint with the oil additive and TruOil would you post up your results?

    I'm sure there are other folks who would be interested as well.

    Sorry for the minor hijack chief :)

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    I finished this new Musikraft body and refinished this ‘50s Esquire body with Minwax Tung Oil Finish.
    That product darkens more than Tru Oil.
    Tru Oil will darken over the years but looks very white at first.

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    Looks grey there because it’s a B&W photo.
    In real life it has some orangey amber in the color.
     
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