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Matte color finish vs. Natural oil finish

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by EliasMessiah, Dec 8, 2020.

  1. EliasMessiah


    Aug 28, 2020
    Hey, wanted to buy a Ric 4003, but can't decide between the Walnut (oil finish) and Autumnglo (matte finish) variant. Normally i'd take the Autumnglo one because it has a rosewood fretboard, but on the other hand i feel like the direct contact to wood, would feel and play better. This is very important to me, cause i can't stand glossy finish. Would be very helpful, if there is someone, who can describe the difference and give me a strong opinion.

    PS: Please don't tell my i have to go to the store and try for myself. I live in Germany and when you find a store that features Rickenbacker, they only feature one model to try, if at all.
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  2. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    I have a couple of "matte" finish basses, a Carvin BB70 and an ESP Stream.

    From what I've read a matte finish is simply a regular finish without the clear coat rubbed out. They look nice at first, but in my case, I've rubbed the finish to a shine in a couple places where my arm and fingers rub. It doesn't look bad, but beware, "matte" finishes don't stay that way forever.
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  3. EliasMessiah


    Aug 28, 2020
    I see, thanks for the warning!
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