#1
okay, i am stumped.

i just bought this unfinished neck from ALLPARTS - http://www.allparts.com/Replacement-Neck-for-Stratocaster-p/smo-21.htm

and i know that i am going to finish the neck with TUNG OIL. but, i have no idea how to finish the maple fretboard. i know for a fact that Dunlop's Ultimate Lemon Oil is not to be used on a maple fretboard.

so how do i finish it? or can i leave it unfinished with just the neck finished in Tung Oil.
#3
The tung oil, when applied in many thin coats, gives the neck that wet, laquered looking finish. So that IS finishing it.
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#4
i think u sand the neck a bit (Not a lot just smooth enough) then u add a finish like lacquer or stainer of course preferably stain with a maple color!

(also sand with 600 grit if tht means anything to you)

EDIT: yes tung oil will finish it too and AllParts should send u the neck smooth already so usually no need for sanding
Last edited by huskyplayer at Dec 29, 2009,
#6
You need a finish of some kind or it will get nasty fast. Tung oil works maybe not pure tung oil as it can take quite a while to dry. I use formbys tung oil.
#7
I use EMTech 6000 from Target Coatings. I use it on both my guitar bodies and necks including the maple fret boards. EMTech 6000 is a water based lacquer that behaves just like a nitrocellulose lacquer without the hazards of nitro. I swear by the stuff. Really need to have a HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) spray system to apply it correctly.

http://www.targetcoatings.com/emtech-6000.html