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Alder body....needs a finish at all?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bazzanderson, Mar 14, 2003.

  1. bazzanderson


    Oct 7, 2002
    Austin, TX
    question for all you TB "do it yourselfers". I recently purchased a Warmoth 5 string deluxe P body constructed of Alder. I'll probably put an oil finish on it but since I'm THE laziest person I know...does an alder body even need a finish? :D I know...I sound ridiculous don't I?! Anyway...your opinions/comments are appreciated.
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    This would be the worst wood to do that.
    Alder is a very soft wood.

    If you scratch it with your nail, it will leave a mark.

    It will also turn to dirty pukey green very quick.
  3. seamus


    Feb 8, 2001
    While I have nothing against alder in terms of tone, they can be rather cold looking in a natural finish.

    The natural appearance of alder is often...'uninspired'. Ash fares far better in that regard.
  4. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    All I can think of is "paint."

    I think alder is butt-ugly and poplar is one of the few that looks more awful. After all, Leo didn't paint alder because it was the cheaper way to go

    Take a look at Ecostain products - http://www.oldgrowthsolutions.com/products.html They could only help.
  5. bazzanderson


    Oct 7, 2002
    Austin, TX
    ....got it. Thanks for the input. I'll definitely finish it with a hard finish.