Wednesday, 03 June 2015
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Hi everybody, At long last, I'm finally taking the plunge on ordering a brand new Super P5! I called Dan at L&M Markham, Ontario ten minutes ago to order one! ... and he was too busy to talk to me. Ohhh... Never mind, I have a few issues to get straight first, and I would like some input from the experts, my fellow-forumites, and of course, the Grandmaster himself, Sheldon Dingwall. My gut tells me to get a purple SP5, but there are so many variations of purple, some deep and majestic, others bright and girly. I don't think that I want candy purple, because I like to see the wood grain underneath. By the way, I prefer the tone of alder, and that looks good enough for me, so I won't be going the swamp ash route. Plus, I don't like the idea of blowing a huge pile of dough just on the finish. I mean, it will sound just as good in black, white, or natural, right? Here is the question: I have seen pictures of ABZs in trans-black that looked purple, and I remember reading something written by Sheldon (I think) saying that trans-black (or was it blackburst) was actually super-dark purple, and that it looked purple in some lights. Then again, I have seen trans black Dingwalls that looked black (surprise!). Does it possibly depend upon the wood underneath? ABZs are made of swamp ash. Could that possibly affect what the finish looks like? Does it possibly depend upon any pre-bleaching of the wood? Can any trans-black, or blackburst owners please chime in here? I'm not sure that I want to pay the purple to blackburst upcharge, because the purple in the middle might not be dark enough anyway, and I could have gotten trans-black or natural or white with no upcharge at all. If trans-black is purple enough, I will go with that. If not, I have to decide between black, white, or natural. Or how about vintage burst?? (How on Earth will I decide between the different sunbursts? It seems you can never tell how much red will be in a three-tone burst, or how yellow or green a two-tone burst will look.) Am I right that vintage burst is just a tobacco burst with a better sounding name? The only picture of vintage burst that I could find on the site was a satin finish, and that looks different yet again that the same gloss finish does. What do you think? GLF
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Alder has red undertones so will enhance the purple hue of trans blackburst. It would be good to have Dan make a note on the order that you are looking for trans blackburst with a purple hue so that our painter Paul will not try to adjust the color to compensate for the color of the wood.
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Hi Sheldon, Thank you so much for the reply, but I already pulled the trigger on Vintage Burst. GLF (soon to be SPF--Super P Forever... if 8-9 months away qualifies as soon!)
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