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Anybody know how to finish a neck?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by jaymeister99, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. jaymeister99


    Aug 2, 2005
    Im considering buying a new neck for my backup bass (has a warped neck). But dont want it completely finished, it costs another $75-80 to finish it off.

    Anybody know how to do a decent laminating job on a neck?

    Also can wood hardener be used on a neck?
  2. petie-b


    Aug 24, 2005
    orlando, florida
    I wouldnt know how to laminate the neck but i got good results for my project just by sanding the neck down using fine grade paper and then using a wood stain and wax finish.

    The neck ended up looking nice and is also fast and smooth to play on.
  3. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    What do you mean by a laminating job? Do you mean a laminate neck, like 3 piece maple or something?

    I'm sure you can use wood hardener on a neck, though I'm not sure what you'd be trying to accomplish by using it.
  4. jaymeister99


    Aug 2, 2005
    No, just the final finish on a regular neck. The polyurethane(?) that usually covers a finished neck.

    As for using hardener, that would be to stiffen the neck, while at the same time using as a finish on the neck to prevent any moisture from getting into the wood (instead of a finish like polyurethane).
  5. jaymeister99


    Aug 2, 2005
    I was thinking about doing something like that, but using linseed oil instead of wax, would that work ok?

    Only problem is I would think it would be quite prone to moisture and/or warpage.
  6. i use danish oil and briwax to do a quick sleek neck.
  7. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    I have used both danish oil and tung oil, both with wax and have had very good results. I feel that the necks a very sleek feel to them as WezV has also said.

    My Dingwall has an oil/wax finish and it is very stable. I remember reading that Sheldon Dingwall felt that using a finish that inhibits the wood from breathing on the back of a neck with an unfinished fingerboards was a recipe for a neck that would change considerably with changing humidity as the fretboard would lose/gain moisture at a much greater rate than the neck finished with something like polyester/lacquer/etc.