Dark Strat Body - Wood Choice

Nibert

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So I am building a strat, my favorite color is black and I am not a fan of painted bodies. So I am going for a dark wood that is close to black or even a dark brown. It will be a strat w/ a black pickguard most likely. I am going for a warmer (I think) that will sound well w/ Rock and Blues. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am also looking for either a full solid body wood or lam top I have no preference.
 

rockskate4x

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what about a tonewood of your choice painted black with a clear coated rosewood or wenge laminate top? Most of your tonewood options will be lighter colored, but it'll only be on the back, so whatever...
 

Nibert

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Thats a solid idea as well, I wonder how Black Korina or Rosewood would look w/ a black backing.
 

rockskate4x

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Black Korina's not that black but it's got cool black grain in it. The blackest you'll get I think is a wenge top.
 

rockskate4x

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I take that back, there's some really cool black korina tops in the unique choice section. Also check out brazilian rosewood, figured walnut, indian rosewood, pau ferro, and walnut.
 

Nibert

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I love the BR but I cant afford to dish out that kind of money, the indian rosewood did look nice.
 

m4rk0

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don't forget ebony:
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or cocobolo if you are lucky enough to get one..
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Imbuia
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or redwood:
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there have been some nice ziricote tops as well in the past..
 

jkellington

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Why not use dye?  That way you can use whatever wood you want, still have the exposed grain look and have a black guitar rather than dark brown or some near-black facsimile?
 

jackthehack

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jkellington said:
Why not use dye?  That way you can use whatever wood you want, still have the exposed grain look and have a black guitar rather than dark brown or some near-black facsimile?

+1 All you need is some black universal dye concentrate thinned with lacquer thinner, use that to dye the body jet black. Then you can do a rub down with some WATCO Danish Oil, or spray it with satin lacquer.
 
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