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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 photo above. 
In it are two untinted MD20s, one from January of 1991 (mine) and the other from August of 1998. That lovely French spruce will just do this, given some time. 

Need more convincing? Check the photo below. 

Sorry for the quality here, it was just a quick snapshot, but you get the idea. On the left is Selmer #503, better known as Django's main squeeze through the last dozen years of his life. At its side is a fresh (the photo was taken in 1992) Dupont MD50 - same guitar, same spruce, same finish. What a difference a day makes, non? 

Here are some other pages on these kinds of things:

-on bracing
-on wood choices
-on rosettes

Here is a look at binding detail. 

This is the current standard binding on a rosewood Dupont guitar: the main binding is natural rosewood, bordered either with a small b-w-b, or w-b-w, as appropriate. 

In the old days, Selmer often used a dyed black wood for binding. Maurice Dupont has used this as well, but because finding a supply of dyed black strips of acceptable quality is so difficult, he currently prefers natural 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 binding, with 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 purfling strips on the sides. There are some on the face, though they're a bit hard to see in this photo. 

This unusual guitar belongs to Howard Alden, one of my favorite guitarists, 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 saw the Woody Allen film called Sweet and Lowdown, this is the 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 photo 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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