#1
Hi UG!,

I have an ESP LTD M-50 and the blue finish is getting boring to look at everyday so I thought I might sand it back and stain it like I did to a Strat copy I had. Just getting ideas together. The body is basswoord (light texture). What stain would look good over it? Is it personal preference? I was thinking Mahogany stain would look pretty sick.

What do you guys think?
#2
Basswood really doesn't look that good, even stained. Its a pretty plain looking wood.
#3
It's a flat top guitar right?

If you are set on refinishing it why not try this,

http://projectguitar.com/tut/veneer.htm

then you can stain the veneer and make it look really good.


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#4
I recently stained the top of my old strat copy, and it turned out pretty decent. I used two coats of basic gray stain on the top and than just oiled it after the stain had dried.

http://www.students.oamk.fi/~t7kete00/kuvat/strato1.jpg

ps. You can try to bring out the woods grain by using a darker stain on the bottom.
Last edited by gib_ber at Apr 22, 2011,
#5
Quote by Absent Mind
It's a flat top guitar right?

If you are set on refinishing it why not try this,

http://projectguitar.com/tut/veneer.htm

then you can stain the veneer and make it look really good.

this, basswood doesn't really have any nice grain patterns in it and would still look pretty dull if you stained it, a quilted maple veneer would look nice though with some black sanded back and then some red on top.
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Quote by gib_ber
I recently stained the top of my old strat copy, and it turned out pretty decent. I used two coats of basic gray stain on the top and than just oiled it after the stain had dried.

http://www.students.oamk.fi/~t7kete00/kuvat/strato1.jpg

ps. You can try to bring out the woods grain by using a darker stain on the bottom.


WOW nice job man. i love the look of the grey stain with the black pickguard,it looks soo sexy!
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