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Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by tmjudd1, Oct 28, 2017.
Next, comes the ol' tea, steel wool & vinegar trick...
Details, good sir.
looks right purty.
I burned the guitar, with a torch, then sanded away the black char. This is the result. Next comes the artificial 'aging' process that involves a chemical reaction between the tannins found in brewed tea, as well as the wood itself, and the vinegar/steel wool solution. I now have some steel wool soaking in white vinegar (needs at least a 24 hour soak). The longer it soaks the stronger the solution becomes. I'm not wanting it to be too strong. Tomorrow, I'll brew some tea and smear a wet teabag onto a scrap piece of wood from this body. After it dries for a bit, I'll smear some of the vinegar/steel wool solution over the tea'd wood. The reaction will then begin to age/relic the wood. If I like the results, I'll age this body. If not, I'll go from there. You never know how its gonna look until you do it. NEVER do this on the 'real-deal' without testing it FIRST!
I used a tobacco juice tea on a Knotty Pine Tele I'm working on.
Here's a picture of one I tried to burn...
Where'd the body come from?
I saw this a couple of years back but haven't tried it yet, well, I did use black ink.
That's a super sweet looking Tele! Great color! I like it!!!
As for the one you tried to burn, well. It definitely has possibilities. I'm thinking a Christmas gift for someone who's been really 'BAD'!
Interesting that the body has only been routed for the pickups.
What do you have planned for the rest of the routing?
Hardtail or Tremolo?
Front control rout or rear control rout?
I'm currently thinking Floyd Rose... but that's not exactly 'cast in stone' at this time. I first need to artificially age it to my liking, fill the wonderful cracks with silver and turquoise, and then stare at it for a while. Once the body is completely finished to my desires, I'll then let the true character of the guitar speak for itself and tell me what it truly needs and wants via the perfect blend of art and function. Only 'then' will I do the remaining routing, albeit. I 'can' say that the control cavity will be rear routed. This build will not incorporate a traditional pickguard/electrical layout. As vague as that is, in an answer... I hope that it makes sense to you. That's the only answer that I have at this time and at this current stage of the build.
"This is why you always test staining and aging techniques on scrap, 'BEFORE' attempting those techniques on the real thing! Box Elder obviously doesn't artificially age too well, as you can see below, unless you like 'black'. I won't be doing this. Not the effect that I'm looking for in this guitar. Time to break out the ol' stain, again... maybe even burn it some more.
Cool! Have fun with it!