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Old June 5th, 2009, 05:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Oiling unfinished neck?

Can I use lemon furniture oil on for the unfinished neck on my Squier Bullet?
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Old June 5th, 2009, 06:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thats used, but more so for fretboards like Rosewood. The neck should be done with a Tung Oil in Satin or Gloss whichever you prefer and then rubbed on with a lint free cloth. Sanded between the coats and with 2-4 coats.
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I've had great luck with Tru-Oil. It's used for finishing gun stocks, but 4 or 5 coats on a neck and it works great.

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I didn't see what type of wood you have, but if it's rosewood, don't use Tru-oil, or Tung-oil as it may never dry. Just leav it naked and use lemon oil.

Now if it's Maple, you need to know whether the look should be aged vintage, or a whiter maple. If you want an older look, Wipe on poly would be my first choice folowed by Tru-oil, and then finally Tung oil. If you want it to stay light, I would recommend Lacquer, or Water based poly.

Hope this helps, as I have worked a lot with woods of many sorts.
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Old June 5th, 2009, 10:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Now if it's Maple, you need to know whether the look should be aged vintage, or a whiter maple. If you want an older look, Wipe on poly would be my first choice folowed by Tru-oil, and then finally Tung oil.

Never heard of that method before, got any pics? Today I just finished a maple neck using Stew Mack amber (very yellow) warmed up with some reranch butterscotch (very orange) and then Minwax wipe-on poly.
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Old June 5th, 2009, 11:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Guitardude, are you refering to the fretboard or the maple neck itself? I could be wrong (and many times am...ask my wife!) but I was under the impression the Bullet necks were finished in a satin poly. I don't think any kind of oil finish will work well on a poly or laquer finished neck.
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Old June 6th, 2009, 06:05 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Dman, I think the bullet necks are unfinished, but maybe i'm wrong.

Okay, now maybe I'm really confused. I thought you could oil a neck, but not finish it. Is that the same thing? I just got the idea because my dad "oiled" the dining room table and it looked really good, so I thought "let's do it on the guitar"...

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Can I use lemon furniture oil on for the unfinished neck on my Squier Bullet?
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if you use furniture polish on a rosewood board, it can crack the wood
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Old June 6th, 2009, 03:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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DO NOT put wipe on poly over your tinted coats with a brush. Wipe it on lightly with a cloth per manf. instructions.
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