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Neck finishes

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Gasp100, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. Gasp100

    Gasp100 Silver Supporting Member

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    I have a couple of guitars in the stable now so I can do hard core comparitive analysis of each one and I'm finding I am not a maple fretboard guy, but a maple + rosewood fretboard guy... (all of these years, who knew?)
    :jo
    Anyway, my current fave (G&L ASAT Tribute Special) has a VERY light, satin-type finish and I'm wondering what style this is so when I look for new guitars (or replacement necks) I know what to ask for. It's almost as if the back of the neck is like 1 or 2 steps away from being unfinished.
    It's weird but out of my 5 electrics, they each go up in neck finish amount/glossiness from this one to super high, almost annoyingly high finish on the back AND the fretboard.
     
  2. peedenmark7

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    I dont know what G&L uses , but would assume it is a satin urethane finish as most mfg's use today.
    I'd guess if its an older piece its likely a gloss urethane , maybe lacquer.
    you may want to call them for verification . the satin finish wont last real long if its your main player.
    so if you're like me not wanting a dirty/stained maple board.
    check into it.

    I really like using "tru-oil" by birchwood casey.
    its a hybrid tung/linseed oil used on gunstocks..
    it does not yellow and it holds up on the fingerboard very nicely.

    a nice thing about this product is that it dries fast so you can apply multiple coats in a day. it also builds fast.
    youre not applying 5-6 coats for a film build... 2-3 is generally enough on a bare neck.
     
  3. daddyo

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    I like an "oil" finish. I think manufacturers use an oil/varnish mix for fast production. I use polymerized tung oil on my projects. Tru Oil is another good product. My MIM Robert Cray has a polyurethane neck that while thick and glossy, is also not bad for friction and has a nice colour. My Larrivee acoustic has a very thin nitro finish on the neck which is sweet too. The only finish I don't like is Gibsons with the sticky neck. I don't know why this is.
     
  4. HHB

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    tru-oil is addictive, both my main guitars have the tru-oil finish and thry feel amazing!
     
  5. Quarter

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    You got that right. I started out with the little 3 oz bottles, told myself just a little bit.
    Now I'm lusting for the 8 oz bottles and fighting off the urge to buy a gallon for stash .... ;)
     
  6. Gasp100

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    I got a replacement neck for one of my guitars and it has that same, satin finish on it that I love. It's VERY think though so I guess Tru-Oil can be applied overtop without any issues to keep it sealed in and thicken it up a bit?
    More importantly, can this Tru-oil be applied to a guitar body as well? I resanded my partscaster and just restained it using minwax dark walnut... it looks really good (way better than the first go round) and I can't decide if I should use Tung oil or some type of clear coat aerosol? Opinions? Eacy application and faster curing time would be really nice.
     
  7. 5150gtrmonkey

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    One of my all time favorite finishes on a neck is abosultely no finish, not even oil. I built a guitar using a Tom Anderson body, back when he was still selling replacement parts, and a USA Jackson neck with the Fender style headstock. I requested the neck be raw after trying my friend's USA Jackson which he had built with a raw finished neck. Personally, I love the feeling of the raw wood. But of course the neck did get naturally oiled from my hands after a lot of playing! Yeah, it did look a bit gross after a while, so I'd have to go over the back of the neck with steel wool to clean it when it got too blackened. :eek:

    A nice compromise is my Grosh RC. I requested to have a nice oiled finish which offered a tad bit more protection to the neck than just bare wood. But it still gets that nice grungy feel and look a lot faster than if it had a laquer finish! :D
     
  8. buddastrat

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    I love that grungy look 5150. Plus it usually keeps people from playin' your guitar-ha.
     

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