Re: New Frankenstrat Build - To Paint or Not?
I've done that poor mans burst with stain/dye several times and have had really good results. That RIT dye that you got, you may as well pitch that in the trash. It doesn't work worth a crud as a wood stain. And it's funny that black and purple are the colors you picked because that's the ones I tried too. Neither color absorbed into the wood well, both were all blotchy and uneven, and the purple dried more of an ugly brown color. All I can say is I'm glad I tried it on test pieces instead of going straight for the guitar body.
I've had the most success using Dr. Ph Martin's India Ink diluted with alcohol. It goes on nice and evenly and the colors blend together really well. You can find the india ink at craft stores in the calligraphy section.
Dying the burst is pretty easy. I start by dying the center color first then go back around and do the outer color. While they're both still wet start swirling/blending the colors together until you're satisfied with the results. Best thing to do is get some some scrap wood and practice blending the colors. I watched a few videos on how to blend the colors and then practiced a little, In the end I ended up coming up with a method different from what I watched but it worked for me.