We use several different ways to apply color on our instruments. Watch Lauri apply a water based stain by doing a traditional hand rubbed sunburst. The top is cedar and does well with a hand rubbed stain as the stain takes evenly on all parts of the wood. Hand rubbed stains have a more vintage look with a subtle blending that works nice when you want a hint of a sunburst. (Sorry about the poor placement of the camera and the arm blocking some parts of the view). Check out the video here:
Four guitar body octave mandolins that just had their binding put on. These bodies are ready for final shaping and sanding prior to neck fit. The first one pictured is a European spruce top and red maple back and that one will be at The Music Emporium in Lexington, Ma. The second one is western red cedar and red maple and will be heading to New York. The third one is European spruce and sapele (our studio model) and will be headed to The Acoustic Music Company in Brighton, England. The last one is red spruce and an amazing one piece red maple back going to a local customer. We are now accepting orders for guitar body octaves, Studio models starting at $4000 and Ensemble models at $4500. Both models include hand graduated fully carved solid tops and backs, a 21.5″ scale, body fully bound single color, ebony fret board, bridge and fret board overlay, evo gold fret wire, trapeze style tailpiece, golden age tuners with black buttons and comes with an Ameritage custom case.