Faded blue jean PRS finish

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  1. maellaguitars

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    Does somebody know how PRS makes this amazing finish? It's like two colours :NUTS



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  2. Quarter

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    Most likely just a simple dye job sanded back.
     
  3. maellaguitars

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    Ok, I thought it was dying with two colours
     
  4. JMintzer

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    PRS does a lot of double and triple stains with their Private Stocks and Modern Eagles. I'm not positive if the Blue Jean uses that technique or not...


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    I've actually got to hold Paul Reed Smith's personal axe in that finish at an event where I asked him how he gets his necks to feel broken in off the shelf and explained the process and then called me up to the stage to do a comparison and I felt the neck on his personal axe and a new Mira compared it to a 56 strat I also got to hold.
     
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    I agree that it is probably different colors of stains with sandback, and I also agree that it is a spectacular finish. One of the best new colors to come along in a LONG TIME from any manufacturer.
     
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    Triple and a TON of hand work!!! I mean a TON!!!

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  8. alvagoldbook

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    doing this kind of finish is the same process that anyone uses with a flame top. It's pretty simple really.

    Step 1) sand the surface.
    Step 2) stain the entire surface with one color.
    Step 3) sand the surface again.

    When sanding again the high parts of the wood will be sanded first and the stain will be sanded off, leaving the natural color of the wood. The low spots of the wood will keep the stain you previously applied.

    Step 4) stain the top again with a different color stain.

    Walah! You just got yourself a nice flame finish. Do some experimentation and you can get all kinds of results. Apply clear on top of all of this and sand thing down to a shine.
     
  9. treeofpain

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    02, that's a beauty!
     
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    I like those finishes. Is PRS getting on the relic wagon? It looks like it's aged hardware as well as the finish. I wonder if that paint/stain would look good on a ash?
     
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    Dean has been doing a faded denim finish for at least 5 or 6 years now, PRS copied it pretty well though.

     
  13. maellaguitars

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    I figured there were two colours (or more) in these finishes (like most people), but would like to know if somebody knows if the first stain is water based and the second... whatever. I think it would be very useful for much people.
     
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    If you stain a highly flamed maple with ONE color, it will appear darker in some flames.
    I don t think the blue jean is double stained and I refinished a few of em. The stain is going very deep into the wood tho, don t ever try and make a natural top with one of these babies hehe :D
     
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    No, that's not relic hardware (unless you count the brushed look on the pickup covers). The Modern Eagles have this cool mixed hardware look that they do by mixing components from gold and nickel hardware.
     
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    Actually most of the ones looking like this were PRS' "whale blue" when they were new and faded into this and similar shades.
     
  17. Betos

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    Yeah, whale or royal blue, and this was from the 80's instruments (nice try at a PRS bash tho). The color faded and everyone dug it. PRS recently implemented it on the Modern Eagle.


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    Here's an example of an early PRS that faded just right to my eyes:
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    I was not bashing PRS, I have actually grown to like them very much. All I was saying was while the finish is beautiful it is not a PRS original. You PRS fan boys are so sensitive.
     
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