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So I'm sanding the finish off my Gibson to bare wood. I'm going to clear coat the body with nitro clear. Going to use oil based wood grain filler prior to that. I was wondering of there are any finishes I should check out for the neck. I always hear of players stripping the necks (iommi and Eddie van halen) but they never say if they just leave it bare wood or not. I've heard of people using oil finishes on the neck (Zack Wyler uses them on his signature gibsons). I haven't found any place that has any oil finish type stuff besides the wood grain filler so I was wondering if it's the same shit. I've been looking to get all the stuff from reranch.com. My neighbor gets his paint and shit from them and it seems legit. Any input is helpful. I just want a natural feel to the neck. Smooth and fast. This is the first time I'm re finishing a guitar but I'm no stranger to painting and sanding and all that jazz.
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#2
If you're referring to the Rosewood fretboard, you just clean/condition it with Lemon Oil. If you're referring to the back, try Tung Oil. Luthiers I've talked to recommend the 100% Tung Oil without the hardeners, etc. If you don't like it, you can easily remove it and refinish with something similar to your previous neck, Nitro-based.

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If you're referring to the Rosewood fretboard, you just clean/condition it with Lemon Oil. If you're referring to the back, try Tung Oil. Luthiers I've talked to recommend the 100% Tung Oil without the hardeners, etc. If you don't like it, you can easily remove it and refinish with something similar to your previous neck, Nitro-based.




yeah not the fret board. thats straight. ill have to check out that tung oil.
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If you cant find any tung oil, try Minwax wipe on poly. Its as easy to apply as tung oil, but is a bit more durable.
#5
I quite like necks which have the back finished with 2/3 coats of linseed oil. Darkens the color of the wood slightly, gives it a very light matte effect. Because its not a thick or glossy finish like Nitro, for example, its a lot easier to slide your hand up and down the neck.
I'm reffering to only the back of the neck though, not the fingerboard.
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I quite like necks which have the back finished with 2/3 coats of linseed oil. Darkens the color of the wood slightly, gives it a very light matte effect. Because its not a thick or glossy finish like Nitro, for example, its a lot easier to slide your hand up and down the neck.
I'm reffering to only the back of the neck though, not the fingerboard.



yeah. i dont want something as thick as nitro, but i might be having to put off this whole re finishing my guitar. that just gives me more time to find the right finish for the back of the neck.
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why not just shoot a couple light coats of satin lacquer? it'll help retain the "woody" feel but seal the wood a bit better. Either that, tung oil or tru oil for gun stocks.
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tru oil from birchwood-casey
i used it to finish the body on my jackson
you wipe it on and then wipe it all off and it will build up after a few layers.
they key, i found, was to wipe it all off after you apply it.
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why not just shoot a couple light coats of satin lacquer? it'll help retain the "woody" feel but seal the wood a bit better. Either that, tung oil or tru oil for gun stocks.


just unsure what I want to do. I've played a couple classical guitars that had a oil finish on the neck and they felt amazing. So I figured why not do it on my guitars. Just no idea what was used on them.
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Ernie Ball Music Man Guitars, or at least the axis has a gun stock oil finish on it, try one out if you get a chance, and thats what Birchwood Casey Tru Oil finish is like. Its what I did on my Wolfgang build and its what I'm gonna do on future ones too.
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Quote by Ethanb08
Ernie Ball Music Man Guitars, or at least the axis has a gun stock oil finish on it, try one out if you get a chance, and thats what Birchwood Casey Tru Oil finish is like. Its what I did on my Wolfgang build and its what I'm gonna do on future ones too.


I'll have to check and see if any local shops Cary Ernie ball. I've never seen anyone that does though. Thanks for the info. I might just try it out once I start re finishing. If I don't like it I can just sand it off.
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