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Cleaning a Wenge Neck?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ::::BASSIST::::, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I've noticed lately that my warmoth wenge neck is accumulating a fair amount of gunk, oil, sweat etc.

    What is the best way to clean it?

    I'm in the process of ordering a Stambaugh and wanted a wenge neck but if its going to be problematic I might just stick with maple. This custom order will likely be a bass I own for the rest of my life so I want to make the right decision and not choose a neck wood that is going to be troublesome.

  2. XavidmanX


    Jun 29, 2006
    Bakersfield, CA
    At one point I think there was some info on this over in the MTD forums, since Mike Tobias builds so many basses with wenge necks. Mike recommended using some sort of oil, but I'm not sure what kind or how much, etc.

    FWIW, I love the ash neck on my MTD.
  3. RedLeg

    RedLeg Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2009
    Kaiserslautern, Germany
    Nov Shmoz Ka Pop?
    I started using murphy's oil soap on my warwick in '98 to clean. And the warwick wax to protect. Now I use regular old cheap kiwi neutral shoe polish to protect and maintain!
  4. elBandito


    Dec 3, 2008
    Rotten Apple
    Lemon oil should do the trick.
  5. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Long term protection: Casey's Tru Birch gunstock oil.

    Short-term / cleaning: BriWax (or equivalent) and a worn ScotchBrite pad.

  6. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    That's what I've used on wenge-necked basses I've owned. I also use it on wenge fretboards too, and it seems to work just fine.
  7. seamus bass

    seamus bass

    Oct 23, 2007
    my house
    lemon is not good due to the acidity, tung or linseed oil is the best.
  8. subhouse


    Apr 3, 2009
    rimrock az.
    i like naptha to clean ( if it's all gunked up) and briwax on top but be careful with the briwax if there is a finnish on the wenge the bre wax can
    screw it up .
  9. LOL lemon oil has no real lemon in it (well the ones ive seen/used are just a bunch of petroleum byproducts with lemon scent)
  10. As for me I stick with unscented mineral oil AKA baby oil for cleaning.

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