Naked maple or not??

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by bassedsouth, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. I have this oldish Warwick streamer mostly maple with the exception of a few laminates .
    The bass is finished with a clear varnish that I'm contemplating on removing , and just having an oiled finish / perhaps even a colored oil refin.
    The bass looks kind of 'dull' at the moment (the pic doesn't really show the dullness due to the flash / in fact the bass looks ok in the pic).

    Any suggestions would be helpful / even if it's to say that I'm out of my mind :D ....
  2. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    The maple will turn dull and brown fairly quickly if you don't put a hard finish on it... maple is like a dirt MAGNET. lol

    That having been said, if you wax it, it shoudl be OK
  3. perhaps a good buffing would give it some 'life' ....
  4. teej

    teej Venmo @teej1986

    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    If that were my bass, I'd agree with Bassed. Head over to your local AutoZone and pick up a bottle of polishing compound and a microfiber cloth and give it a good buffing.
  5. DanielM


    Jan 6, 2007
    yeah, give it a good buff first. if you still don't like it you can think about refinning it. but you must realise that Oil will only give a gloss finish if you apply plenty of coats and buff and wet-sand it well. but it should keep the maple clean. I do maple neck with a few coats of shellac sealer and then some Tru-oil, it darkens the maple slightly but after than it stays clean.