larryguitar wrote: ↑Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:01 pmI'm also interested in finding out how the neck was ebonised. James Westbrook ebonised the neck on my Roudhloff replica by veneering a piece of ebony! It was certainly a lot more difficult than painting the neck. It's not easy to veneer curved surfaces. A vacuum press is a good tool for veneering but I don't think he owns one of those devices.
Steve, Larry, and Alexandru -- thanks for your question. As you know, some woods are more likely to ebonize well than others; Richard opted for Walnut (although he has told me that he might use Cherry in the future). He drew upon a method involving repeated applications of a bark tea solution (to increase the tannin content of the wood and thereby promote and deepen the color) alternating with an iron solution made from steel wool and vinegar. You can find a very detailed description of the process from the chairmaker Brian Boggs by searching for "Brian Boggs ebonizing wood." Jeremy Clark has made a number of guitars with ebonized necks; it would be interesting to know if he uses a different method.
Although it does not show in the photos, in the sunlight the neck is an extremely deep chocolate brown with tiny golden reflections rather than absolutely jet black -- really beautiful.
Thanks once again to all and best regards,