dying wood question

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Chris Richards
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I'm thinking of doing a guitar with somewhat of a "lute" look made from alternate strips of mahogany and maple and I wanted to put much thinner strips of wood between the strips, getting a contrast I can see may be difficult, a light wood wouldn't work because of the maple so I was going to go dark, something like ebony but I didn't want to go to that expense. I was hoping to use maple and dye it black but since the back is going to be shaped I'm unsure whether the dye will penetrate enough to not get carved away.

Has anyone got any ideas/alternatives, I really just want say 2mm thick different coloured strips of wood between the mahogany and maple..

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You could try some Wenge. Or black walnut.
Or for a different effect try padauk, or purpleheart.
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You can buy dyed veneer from Luthiers Mercantile.

I tried pressure cooking veneer strips with dye but it only penetrated a short distance.
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Thanks for the help, yes I suspected that dying wood would be a waste of time, I'll try and hunt down some cheap wood as Gordon suggests..

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You could always make a 1/4" dyed cap using maple and strips of dyed wooden binding. LMI has a range of colors.

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A pretty good video on "Ebonizing" wood. Fairly long but the take away is archival grade India Ink (i.e. Speedball or Dick Blick brands).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0E7E6uSPJY
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Probably the same stuff, but most lutherie supply places carry black fingerboard dye. It is commonly used on violin fingerboards, but can be used any any instrument. From my limited experience, it seems to hold up well.
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Haven't checked back here for a while, but thank you for the continuing help...

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