ColorTone Liquid Stains, Set of all 10 colors

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Spectacular sunbursts, vintage tints and head-turning modern colors: ColorTone concentrated stains mix with virtually any finish, and are formulated specifically for luthiers.

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ColorTone Liquid Stains, Set of all 10 colors

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Spectacular sunbursts, vintage tints and head-turning modern colors: ColorTone concentrated stains mix with virtually any finish, and are formulated specifically for luthiers.

They're accurate and authentic stringed instrument colors, as researched and specified by our own guitar finishing experts—not the generic furniture colors you'll find at other suppliers.

These concentrated grain-enhancing stains are economical; a little goes a long way. Reduce them with alcohol or water to give bare wood beautiful fade-resistant color, without hiding the grain. They're versatile, too. For applying transparent color-tinted coats, ColorTone stains can be mixed directly into virtually any finish: nitrocellulose lacquer, shellac, waterbase finishes, and catalyzed varnishes or lacquers.

Available in 2-ounce bottles, in the most popular stringed instrument colors. SAVE when you order the set of all ten!

Make wood grain come alive!
ColorTone liquid stains are lightfast metal-complex dyes that can be mixed for practically any desired intensity. Unlike off-the-shelf hardware store stains, they're formulated for guitar finishing. One 2-ounce bottle makes two quarts of stain at normal concentration. Because they're liquids, they can be measured precisely for critical color matching—a plus for refinishing and touchup work. (See our handy stain mixing cups and pipettes.)

Questions about finishing? Look here first:
Guitar Finishing Step-By-Step

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ColorTone Liquid Stains, Set of all 10 colors

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The FAT Strat is finished

By Mike from Brentwood, CA 
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, October 31, 2014

A friend gave me an old Strat body so I under took the rebuilding project. After many hours of sanding it down to the bare wood, (with 320 grit). I was ready to start. I mixed ColorTone Blue and Red stain to create Purple. The color was just what I was looking for. I rubbed in two coats to blend it evenly. I then sprayed 7 coats of ColorTone Lacquer. No runs or drips! Finally, I polished it with Fine ColorTone polish. I bought a neck and all the associated hardware, and the rest is history. All the ColorTone products I used are great, I won't hesitate to used them on my next guitar prodject!!

Perfect Every Time

By STOCK STEELS from Crowley, Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, June 01, 2014

I have used these stains on many builds. Always excellent results.

Vintage Amber

By Greg Woods from Tulsa, OK
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 22, 2014

Great color and tone, just be sure to use sparingly and build up to the color you desire. Best to stop and wait a day before applying another coat, or else you may end up with darker tone than you want. There's enough tint to last for at least a hundred necks, a drop or two in about 2 Tbsp of denatured alcohol is all you need.

Color Tone Stains

By M. McDonnell from Spicer, MN
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Do NOT hesitate to buy these. If you have been looking around, and trust me, these are the stains you have been looking for. My first attempt was a tobacco sunburst CB Gitty bass. Excellent results! Who know that I could do a sunburst on my first try? As an afterthought, I checked to see how much product I had used. Minimal! Glad I bought the whole set! Hundreds of guitars await me.

Stewmac color stains

By Ruguitar from nj
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The StewMac stains are outstanding. They are highly concentrated so a few drops go a long way. Deep beautiful hues and mix effortlessly with nitro lacquer which is my main finish of choice. One note of caution - use gloves! - this stuff is so concentrated you will be walking around with smurf hands for days and take heed with your clothing! The amber is perfect for that vintage fender neck tinting and as far as cherry or tobacco sunbursts this is the stain your lookin for. Thanx StewMac for your expediting. I have never had to wait more than 3 days for my orders and always right on the money. sincerely Rudy from south Jersey.

ColorTone Stain

By rico5082 from Cincinnati, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 10, 2014

I couldn't be happier with this product. It was exactly as described. This was my first attempt at re-finishing a guitar and it turned out great!

Very intense and well penetrating stain

By M. Barlow from Prairie Village, KS
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 24, 2014

This was my first time ever refinishing one of my guitars at home. First went through Internet sites to find out how to do it all the right and professional way. Found that with any and all of the Stewart MacDonald instruction sites. Great guidance by the way. After I got all of the old black paint and finish stripped and sanded off of my Telecaster body, I went ahead and purchased the dye stain colors of my choosing. I purchased Lemon Yellow and Vintage Amber with the intent of mixing them together to get a nice medium yellow ochre tone. I didn't know if it would work at first, but after mixing the two together, testing the mixture on scrap wood, and wiping on the guitar body, the dye/ stain mixture penetrated the wood just dime and the two colors mixed well together for my liking. Be warned, though as I found out, do not put too much on at one time or the color can become too dark and intense, and don't sand too frequently between coats, or the stain maybe removed easily. I even like how it accidentally unevenly covered with more amber tones in some places and yellow tones in others.Great stuff!

Colors that can match old vintage or mix your own for new projects

By guitarwoodrat from Cumberland Gap, Tn
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, March 17, 2014

These are the easiest to use and best for getting that color match for an old vintage guitar. The only colors I will use in my lacquer finishes.


By Veljko from Novi Sad SRB
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 13, 2014

Nice stuff, easy mixing...

Liquid stain

By Gerald from Neuville, canada
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, February 17, 2014

Excellent product, works good with water and alcohol. I used yellow, red, dark brown and black to do a rubber hand burst.

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