I'm nearly at the end of a frankenbass build (old Ibanez soundgear with two Gibson mudbuckers and a defretting job) and am planning what to do next.
To finish the body of the frankenbass I used some oil that I found in my father's shed. I have approx 10 gallons of the stuff. He thinks it is tung oil, but is not sure. Perhaps someone can identify it.
It isn't quite as red as the image appears, it may be tinted
When I discovered that you are supposed to sand oil finishes in, I got a result I am really happy with
It brought out features in the grain that I didn't know existed and turned an otherwise dull guitar into something I quite like. Also, it feels beautiful.
This then got me thinking if I should try a refin on this bass
It is the first custom I ever bought and it was done on the cheap. From memory, the finish is a wipe on of some variety. It has little depth and in places I can still see ~120 grit scratches.
As you can see from the photo (sorry for the terrible photos; need a new phone) the is some flame there, and in the right light, it turns out the whole top has flame, it just doesn't pop much.
So my question is - Will rubbing this mystery oil I have make the figure pop and bring some depth into the flame?
No doubt it will tint is a bit (the Ibanez was as white as white when I started), which I am fine with. Also, sanding it back will give me an opportunity to reshape a few things I don't like about it.
It sounds like the ideal xmas break project or me since it is cheap (only sandpaper), and I enjoyed refinishing the frankenbass, but I would like to know what to expect will happen with the flame in the maple.
Thanks in advance, guys
P.S. If you have not heard a mudbucker in the extreme bridge position on a fretless, you owe it to yourself to. Hands down my new favorite sound.