Help me decide: figured maple (oil finish) or regular maple with mjt finish

Discussion in 'Non-Fender S-Type Guitar Forum' started by _Felix_, Dec 30, 2019.

Option 1 or 2?

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  2. 2

  3. Doesn't matter, both good options

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  1. _Felix_

    _Felix_ New Member!

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    Hey, i'm new here.
    Seems like a great place, happy i found it.

    I want to upgrade the neck on my s-style guitar to a (somewhat vintage correct) 60s strat neck.
    Right now i'm looking at Musikraft 2 piece necks and i have a few options:

    1. (quater sawn) flame maple neck and finishing it myself
    - would probably use some kind of oil finish because i'm afraid of spraying it

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    2. regular maple neck with a (lightly aged) mjt nitro finish

    I sadly can't buy a flame maple neck and send it to mjt because it would be too expensive.
    What do you think is the better option?
     
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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    Flame and DIY oil - like this. Danish oil is easy to do.

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    ukoldgit Most Honored Senior Member

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    Also consider Tru-Oil, around 10 coats then rub the back of the neck off with 1000 wire wool if you like a more satin finish and add more coats if you want it to shine more;)
     
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    Would you say that these oil finishes feel better than nitro?

    That's a nice looking neck btw.
     
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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    To me, definitely. Also bear in mind that an oil finish doesnt feel "oily". Its just the way that its applied. Once it's dried you can make it matt, satin or high gloss as you prefer.

    The neck was a cheapie; i could see the grain was good, but it was covered in thick poly which I had to remove, then refret, then refinish. And it's not exactly the right size pocket size, so I'll have to make a body specifically for it... pain!
     
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    That sounds like a lot of work...hope it plays well

    Also: How often do you reapply the finish? Every year?
     
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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    Never. It's just like a lacquer finish. It's not "oil" as in it stays wet or evaporates. It's just an oil substrate for the finish.

    Buy a tin from your DIY store and just try it on a scrap piece of wood - you'll see what I mean. Only cost you $5 for a tin that'll do 10 necks...