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Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by ledvedder, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. ledvedder

    ledvedder Strat-Talker

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    Unfinished maple, SS frets, Wolfgang profile. This thing is beautiful. I'm planning to finish it with Tru Oil. 20181011_133023~2.jpeg 20181011_133030~2.jpeg 20181011_133012~2.jpeg
     
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    looks fantastic - nice high-end build!!
     
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    Ooh! that looks real nice! Is that a Sigler loaded pick guard?
     
  4. ledvedder

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    Yep, it started life as an SX strat. Only the body remains now. SSL5, 2xSSL1 pickguard, Wilkinson tremolo, Warmoth neck.
     
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  5. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Basking 'neath the almighty yellow yolk Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Good stuff! Exciting
     
  6. evangilder

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    Nice! They do a great job on those. I put one with the Tex Mex pickups in my Cozart and it sounds great.
     
  7. ledvedder

    ledvedder Strat-Talker

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    I'm rethinking how I want to finish it. I've been reading about the Minwax wipe on poly. Lots of folks are saying it's much easier and faster than Tru oil. I'm also considering tinting it a bit.

    What options do I have?
     
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    Nice. New neck day is always a goodie.
     
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    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I would say to get a piece of Maple and cut it into pieces and do some testing first. Take my word for it and do the samples, make your mistakes and learn with them, not your nice new neck !

    Your color/tinting may only be approximent with your samples since they will not be on the same peice of wood the neck is from but it will still give you good info and the chance to see which finish is easier to do or better for you or whatever.

    wipe on poly is by far the fastest and easiest and the tru oil will allow a lacquer like finish without spraying but needs a bit more work.

    But both are good finishes for peeps with little experience or no spray equiptment to use and get a quality finish.
     
  10. LunarSlingShot

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    I used Minwax wipe on for the back of my maple/rosewood board warmoth neck and it worked great!

    However, I didn’t have to do the fretboard since it was rosewood, so I have no experience using it between frets.
     
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    Does "unfinished" mean it's bare wood? I don't remember if "unfinished" still has a coating on it to protect it against moisture.. I'd think it wouldn't be good to ship a guitar neck/body without a finish on it to protect against moisture, at least to some extent.
     
  12. rolandson

    rolandson Still Breathing Strat-Talk Supporter

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    did you read the Warmoth warranty?

    Their warranty requires hard coat finishing. Oil does not satisfy that requirement.

    Now then, I think @henderman makes a valid suggestion...test samples.

    Or just finish it. If you've a warm space that is able to stand the smell, a rattle can of whatever will do a fine job of it. I happen to prefer nitrocellulose...there are a bunch of them, I like Behlen's.

    Poly is also nice...nothing wrong with it at all.

    The thing about proper finishing is that one needs a proper place to do it,and be willing to let it dry. (Nitro takes a long time.)
     
  13. ledvedder

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    Has anyone used this stuff? Would it work for me? 20181014_145501.jpeg
     
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    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

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    im not 100% sure but i think warmoth puts a sealer on all their necks. seems like i read that somewhere.
     
  15. ledvedder

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    Yes, but everyone is saying I should apply something so the tint/stain applies more uniformly.
     
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    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

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    you might want to listen to them, because im no finishing expert.
    i think the best thing to do would be to call and talk to someone at warmoth directly. ive done that a few times and they were extremely helpful.
     
  17. ledvedder

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    I just put on the 3rd coat of Tru Oil. Looking good so far. I'm thinking 5-6 coats, but I may stop at 3 on the fretboard.
     
  18. ledvedder

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    6 coats on the back and headstock. 3 coats on the fretboard. 20181019_191521_HDR.jpeg 20181019_191454_HDR.jpeg
     
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