“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirey by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a driss press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

TransTint® Dyes


• See color chart 

• See Technical data sheet 

See Safety Data Sheets

TransTint® Dyes developed by Jeff Jewitt, are a solution of metal-complex dyes in a special solvent that offers the finisher many unique options in applying the colors. TransTint® Dyes can be used with water, solvent or they can be added directly to a finish.

To use the dye as a stain:

  • Mix with tap/distilled water for an economical, nonflammable stain.
  • Mix with alcohol for a fast-drying, non-grain raising stain.

No waiting or straining is necessary because the dye is pre-dissolved.

Suggested mix ratio is 2 oz. dye per 1/2 gallon solvent (increase or decrease ratio to suit need). Dye solutions can be applied by brush, rag, spray, or sponge. When using a water-reduced dye, a pre-grain raising is advisable -- apply the dye with an abrasive pad like maroon Mirlon.

To use as a finish toner: One of TransTint® Dyes most unique features is their compatibility with a wide range of finishing mediums. Simply add the dye concentrate directly to shellac, water-base finishes, solvent lacquers, and catalyzed varnish or lacquers. Add any amount up to 1 oz. per quart. All dye colors are inter mixable to produce custom shades.


NOTE: These dyes work well for "Sunburst" finishes. Suggested colors are: lemon yellow, honey amber, dark vintage maple, medium brown, reddish brown, mission brown and black.

See video on The Sunburst Finish
Also see article Finishing Options for Musical Instruments 

SKU Product Name In Stock Each  
FTLY Dye, lemon yellow TransTint, 2 oz.
Yes $19.75
FTBR Dye, bright red TransTint, 2 oz.
Yes $19.75
FTBL Dye, blue TransTint, 2 oz.
Yes $19.75
FTG Dye, green TransTint, 2 oz.
Yes $19.75
FTP Dye, purple TransTint, 2 oz.
Yes $19.75
FTBK Dye, black TransTint, 2 oz.
Yes $19.75
FTHA Dye, honey amber TransTint, 2 oz.
Yes $19.75
FTDVM Dye, dark vintage maple TransTint, 2 oz.
Yes $19.75
FTMBR Dye, medium brown TransTint, 2 oz.
Yes $19.75
FTRB Dye, reddish brown TransTint, 2 oz.
Yes $19.75
FTMB Dye, mission brown TransTint, 2 oz.
Yes $19.75
FTBM Dye, brown mahogany TransTint, 2 oz.
Yes $19.75
FTDW Dye, dark walnut TransTint, 2 oz.
Yes $19.75
FTCB Dye, coffee brown TransTint, 2 oz.
Yes $19.75