Beeswax On Ibanez Mahogany Body Bass

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by XtromatriX, Apr 14, 2005.

  1. XtromatriX


    Dec 18, 2004
    I have a Ibanez SR505 with a brown mahogany oil finish, I'm wondering if it's ok to put beeswax on it, or will this ruin the finish or something? The oil finish on this bass is very thin and you can see and feel the grooves in the grain of the wood. Will the beeswax get stuck in the grain and make it look worse or is it ok to go ahead?
  2. JSPguitars


    Jan 12, 2004
    Grass Valley
    Beeswax is for Didjeridoos, isn't it? :eyebrow:
    j/k......i dunno how it would work out. It's pretty sticky stuff.
  3. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    I tried bees wax and decided it wasn't for basses....t
  4. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    The stuff I have for my Corvette is indeed sticky at first, but you have to let it soak for a couple of minutes and then rub it in and/or off. After a thorough rubbing, the body feels nice slippery, and has a nice shine that brings out the grain's "sparkle" in sunlight.
    However, these basses were meant to be treated with beeswax regularly. If it says so in your Ibz manual, as well, then go ahead. If not, then first ask Ibz.
  5. Bass Kahuna

    Bass Kahuna

    Dec 3, 2002
    West Lafayette, Indiana
    Luthier, Custom Builder