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A little help - natural or black hoops??

ludwig402

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I'm finally getting to the finishing stages on a Gretsch stop sign badge era rescue. The hoops are brand new from DFD and I can't decide whether to stain natural and clear coat, or to go with black.
The natural hoop in the picture has not been stained/poly'd yet, so it's kind of an unfair comparison. But...

Curious to find out which of the two you guys prefer with this wrap. Thanks!
 

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The black hoop lets the inlay pop a bit more, and competes with the inlay on the natural finish.
I'd suggest trying no inlay with the natural to see how you like that.
 

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I like the black better with that finish. I never really liked natural finish hoops, but I'm warming to them on the Sakae gold sparkle kit I have.
 

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Black (with the inlay) all the way.
 
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Wow, not even close, lol.

Black with inlay it is!

Thanks for the help guys
 

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I love natural....

HOWEVER

With that finish, the Black looks MUCH better. The natural seems to distract (in a bad way) from the rest of the finish.
 

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Black...or go your own way and use another shade of green
 


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