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staining/dying wood for a guitar

I am building a guitar out of swamp ash ( body) maple (neck) and bubinga (fretboard). I want to go for a rustic warn look that had a grey color, and I want the grain to really pop. I was thinking of using a dye (ebony), sanding, and then using a steel wool/vinegar solution and sanding a little more. I want to stain the fretboard and the neck a darker shade, but was told this would be a problem with maple. Does anyone have an experience with maple and bubinga dying? Am I on the right track here?
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Somebody who has done a lot more than me will come along shortly. But i think dyeing is the way to go compared to staining. I rarely use stain anymore because of how easy it is to work with dyes.

I just dyed some maple last night. It definitely took the color of the dye just fine. I sanded it with 220.

In my experience staining maple doesn't work as well as dyeing. It just doesn't seem to absorb as much.

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Thanks man that makes me feel much better about staining the neck. I was worried it would be splotchy and stuck thay way.
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If you stain maple, it will be splotchy. Even with wood conditioner.

If you dye it, it will be much more even.

Either way, make sure you test the entire finish schedule on a scrap piece before committing it to your nice project.

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Just my opinion but staining bubinga is a crime!

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Just my opinion but staining bubinga is a crime!
Agreed!
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The wood is beautiful, but for the overall look we're going for with the guitar were going to darken It.
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