Macassar/asian ebony - anyone died it black?

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  1. Sevenstring7

    Sevenstring7 New Member

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    Edit: sigh, nailed the thread title - dyed*

    Hi guys,

    I am looking at getting some ebony for a carvetop project of mine. With Gabon ebony being so expensive and rare, I am thinking about purchasing an Asian specie.

    Has anyone had any luck dyeing a macassar/asian ebony top? Does it look even? I am looking for a pure black top, think Esp fretboards

    An example of a piece:

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    Thanks very much everyone
     
  2. Knarbens

    Knarbens Montag Custom Guitars

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    I'd slap anyone who'd dye a macassar top! ;) Just kidding ... but seriously - get yourself some other wood and stain or paint it black.
     
  3. jwade

    jwade Doooooooooom

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    Spending the kind of money it'd cost to get macassar ebony thick enough to do a carved top would be a ridiculous waste if you were just dyeing it black.
     
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    Cloudy Pacific Wood Lab

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    Please dont defile beautifully streaky ebony :p

    Maybe go with a cheaper dark wood? like Bog oak or black walnut?
     
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    Asian ebony reacts to dies just as well as their African counterparts.

    If you're getting your wood from a hardwood dealer or mill, ask them if they have very low grade ebony which would typically have high amounts of streaking or ugly streaking. You can often find the stuff to be half the price of attractive streaked or near black strands.
     
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    Pikka Bird Vaya Con Cornholio

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    I would LOVE a bog oak top! Where would you find something suitable for a top that you'd call "cheaper"?
     
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    olejason SS.org Regular

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    Bog oak is expensive as all get out.
     
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    That top! U out of your mind?
     
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    Sounds like you may as well dye a plain maple top black
     
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    Pikka Bird Vaya Con Cornholio

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    Lucky sod. Around here (all of the entirety of Europe, actually) I can't find any piece that's big enough, the only prepped bits are blanks for pens and knife scales. Shopping for interesting wood in EU suuuuuucks!
     

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