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Need Help!....staining a strat Swamp Ash body

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I need some help here from those of you that might have finished a Swamp Ash guitar body. I am building a custom strat and bought a swamp ash body that I want to stain and maybe clear coat. I'm using a stain called "special walnut". I'm going for the older somewhat relic look without beating it up or gauging the crap out of it. Think Bonnie Raitt's "Brownie" guitar. Also there is a photo of Jeff Beck playing a similar strat in a pic I saw from 69' that looked alot like Bonnie Raitt's guitar. So that is the light brown faded look I'm going after with a Rosewood neck.

My question is since I've never worked with Ash before, is what are the steps I need to do to achieve that look? I heard I should (after sanding the heck out of it) use a couple coats of sanding sealer, then pore filler, stain and then a few coats of finish (poly, nitro, etc.) Does anyone have any experience of advice?
By the way, I do not want to have the grain to be so highly pronounced when I stain it. I want it to have faint grain coming out. If that makes any sense at all. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated or if you point me in the right direction. My email address is: Thanks guys and maybe gals!!

Dec 08, 09 | 5:54 pm
Ken Hundley

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I htink you are on the right track with your schedule. You could go to Home Depot and get some ash...they have the edge-gled pine and ash boards for experimental purposes, then whe you are happy, go to the guitar.

Dec 08, 09 | 10:52 pm
Ken Cierp

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Go here:

They have the products for the DIY'er and know how to finish the solid body electrics.


Kenneth Michael Guitars est. 1978

Dec 09, 09 | 4:44 am

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Thanks alot. I will check them out.

Dec 09, 09 | 5:10 am

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