Nickel-free Guitar: Part IV

We got the guitar body and the neck back in the mail! We had sent our cedar block of wood out to get the body carved and also included the block of African ebony for the fret board. Now that we have them back, we've started staining the body and oiling the neck.

Here's the cedar guitar body before:


And here's the water based stain we used. One is red and one is black in an effort to obtain a "blood red" which is what I'm going for:


My hunny has used these stains and oils on his other guitars, so to test it out, I let one of the guitars lay on my thighs for a while to see if I had any reactions. I didn't, so those are the products we're sticking with!

We tested out different combinations of red and black...


And decided on the one fourth from the front.

We began staining:


We kept staining and letting it dry and staining it again to produce a darker color. This is more like what it's going to look like:


Isn't it beautiful? I love all of the different shades that pop out. VERY cool.

We DID have to do some touch-ups, though. On the sides, the slight amount of black in the mix we used really settled into the lines in the wood grain. You can see it on the left side. The right side is how it looked after fixing it:


We fixed it by soaking a small piece of cotton t-shirt, rubbing it on the wood, and then using a piece of dry cotton t-shirt to rub it dry. Our thumbs sure did hurt the next day!

My hunny also began oiling the neck which seals the wood. I'm very lucky to have somebody who offered to do all of this for me:


And now that the guitar body is the shade of red I wanted, we can start oiling it to make it nice and shiny :-) After that, we'll attach the neck to the body and work on the electronics!

Stay tuned...

Nickel-free Guitar: Part I

Nickel-free Guitar: Part II

Nickel-free Guitar: Part III