Solid rosewood necks

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  1. SonOfLerome

    SonOfLerome Senior Stratmaster

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    Alright, so, have a custom solid rosewood neck being built.

    I’m curious on how finishing these works?
    I already know that I want it finished in nitro, but I find it interesting how sometimes they do have a gloss over them, and sometimes people leave it with no finish.
    Obviously you lose the porous feel of the RW when it’s finished, but are there any other downsides? And if there were, why does Fender CS finish their necks?
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  2. CattleDog73

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    Rosewood is an oily wood - you would want to research finishes first as most (nitro, etc.) may not stick. I would leave it unfinished, feels amazing and requires minimal maintenance.
     
  3. Tsjackson

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    I made one once and finished it with a couple of very thin wipes of OSMO oil, it’s excellent stuff that protects the wood but doesn’t smother it and makes any character in the grain really pop.As mentioned above rosewood is naturally very oily so some finishes don’t sit well on it.

    you could initially leave it ‘raw’ to see if you like it or not before burying it in lacquer.

    I imagine custom shop all rosewood necks if they are fully finished in nitro is because

    a. Someone is paying good money to have a custom guitar made and if they want the neck finished in nitro then that’s what they will get

    and b because they presumably have enough experience with finishing rosewood to have mastered the prep of the wood prior to finish or a mix of nitro to cope with the potentially oily timber or uv drying or similar.

    I also believe but could be wrong that Brazilian rosewood was very naturally oily, Indian rosewood isn’t as much so isn’t that big of an issue. Perhaps

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  4. FireFunkRevival

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    Mine is raw and I love it. Feels a lot different. Soft might be a word to describe it. Not sure.
     
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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    +1 on leaving it raw. Its a lovely wood that sands very smooth and needs no maintenance. Just play....
     
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    It’s a tough one, raw necks feel great. However with this one knowing that it’s going to be paired with a superb white blonde body I’d get the neck polished to a high gloss.
     
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  8. StratMike10

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    I like mine raw also, however the thing about RW being too oily to finish is a myth.
     
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    Have you ever seen an acoustic guitar that was finished? Yeah, all of them are.
     
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