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Translucent Finishes on Plain Maple Top

Postby Sentinel » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:08 pm

After not finding enough pics of translucent finishes really looking good on alder, and since I don't want a lot of wood grain, or any quilting or flame, I think maybe a plain maple top may be the best way for me to go. The only translucent finishes I'm really interested in are blue, green, and red.

My concern is that a plain maple top will be as light toned/colored as a maple neck. Which of course loocks almost white and all washed out on neckthroughs with a translucent finish. That's a look I do not want for a body top course. So is that the case or not?

The only pics of a translucent finish on a plain maple top I've found are these two,

This Blueburst,
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http://www.chorder.com/electric-guitars/Carvin/ct4-california-carved-top-9209

And this Purpleburst,
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http://www.kieselguitarsbbs.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=14533&hilit=plain+maple+translucent&start=20
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Re: Translucent Finishes on Plain Maple Top

Postby spudmunkey » Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:32 pm

maple is juust light enough when natural, that a lot of cameras will adjust their white balance to it, making it seem more bleached/washed out then it would ever look in real life. maple, unless actually sort of "bleached" will always have a bit of beige/yellow to it.

I *believe* this is their standard blueburst on plain maple in satin:
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I *believe* this is trans sapphire blue on plain maple:
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More pics here: https://reverb.com/item/5850030-carvin- ... phire-blue



Too bad this color was discontinued recently...this is their normal trans blue on alder in the back, and the discontinued trans pearl blue on ash in the front.
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Re: Translucent Finishes on Plain Maple Top

Postby Sentinel » Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:01 am

Thank you spudmunkey. That's all very helpful, and encouraging that I may be onto the right thing here.

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Re: Translucent Finishes on Plain Maple Top

Postby UnexplodedCow » Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:51 am

Here's a shot of one of mine; circa 2007 in deep triple-step red, I believe, on quilted maple:
I think the picture makes it look a little more orange than it is; it's crimson to my eye.

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Re: Translucent Finishes on Plain Maple Top

Postby delph » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:39 pm

Here's my CS4 in DTS triple step ruby red on plain maple: viewtopic.php?f=11&t=10798&hilit=cs4

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Re: Translucent Finishes on Plain Maple Top

Postby delph » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:41 pm

(Edit: sorry, I don't know how to embed photos here.)

http://photobucket.com/gallery/http://s ... 7.jpg.html

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Re: Translucent Finishes on Plain Maple Top

Postby Sentinel » Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:59 pm

delph wrote:(Edit: sorry, I don't know how to embed photos here.)

http://photobucket.com/gallery/http://s ... 7.jpg.html


Thanks for sharing this. I should have specified that I'm going for a gloss finish, which I know makes a pretty big difference on how these colors appear.

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Re: Translucent Finishes on Plain Maple Top

Postby Sentinel » Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:01 pm

Sentinel wrote:After not finding enough pics of translucent finishes really looking good on alder, and since I don't want a lot of wood grain, or any quilting or flame, I think maybe a "Plain Maple Top" may be the best way for me to go. The only translucent finishes I'm really interested in are blue, green, and red. I will be ordering these in a "gloss" finish.

My concern is that a Plain Maple Top will be as light toned/colored as a maple neck. Which of course loocks almost white and all washed out on neckthroughs with a translucent finish. That's a look I do not want for a body top course. So is that the case or not?

The only pics of a translucent finish on a plain maple top I've found are these two,

This Blueburst,
Image
http://www.chorder.com/electric-guitars/Carvin/ct4-california-carved-top-9209

And this Purpleburst,
Image
http://www.kieselguitarsbbs.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=14533&hilit=plain+maple+translucent&start=20

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Re: Translucent Finishes on Plain Maple Top

Postby delph » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:18 am

Sentinel wrote:
delph wrote:(Edit: sorry, I don't know how to embed photos here.)

http://photobucket.com/gallery/http://s ... 7.jpg.html


Thanks for sharing this. I should have specified that I'm going for a gloss finish, which I know makes a pretty big difference on how these colors appear.


I don't think gloss is going to make the red any lighter or darker, though. I think this is a pretty fair representation of how dark ruby red (DTS) will look on a maple top. Each piece of wood takes the stain differently but this'll get you in the ballpark.


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