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Here's an oft-asked question about finishes:
Q: Should I get my guitar tinted? I don't want it to be so white!
A: If you really can't wait, get it tinted. But look at this
Need more convincing? Check the photo below.
Sorry for the quality here, it was just a quick snapshot, but
the idea. On the left is Selmer #503, better known as Django's main
through the last dozen years of his life. At its side is a fresh (the
was taken in 1992) Dupont MD50 - same guitar, same spruce, same finish.
What a difference a day makes, non?
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Here is a look at binding detail.
In the old days, Selmer often used a dyed black wood for
Dupont has used this as well, but because finding a supply of dyed
strips of acceptable quality is so difficult, he currently prefers
rosewood. Selmer also used this, even for the small black strips around
the top and the oval rosette. Here's an example:
On this late 1940 Selmer, you can see the dyed wood
the w-b-w purfling strips on back, but not the sides.
Here is an early MD20, also with the dyed black binding and no
strips on the sides. There are some on the face, though they're a bit
to see in this photo.
This unusual guitar belongs to Howard Alden, one of my
and it's an MD50 - laminated, but in maple instead of the usual Indian
rosewood. It is also tinted - except for the binding. The maple on the
sides would precisely match the binding if it were not tinted. If you
the Woody Allen film called Sweet and Lowdown, this is
guitar you heard on the soundtrack. If you saw the Sean Penn attempting
to look like a guitar player, you saw him playing the guitar in the
below. This guitar now belongs to Paul Mehling. The guitar next to it
Howard's - remains of course in Howard's collection.
Here's a shot of the guitar above and another, with the deepest tint I have ever seen on a Dupont. It was a special order just for the film Sweet and Lowdown, and I had my doubts when the producer demanded a 'brown' finish—and a flat finish at that! On closer examination, it looked terrific. It's basically the Dupont "Cognac Amber" done in a maximally dark shade. Paul Mehling had the finish rubbed back out to a gloss finish after the film was completed.
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