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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by aviador, Mar 12, 2008.
What are the advantages & disadvantages between them?
1. Aesthetic. Certain woods look better when oiled, glossed or handrubbed in order to bring out grain patterns or accentuate color.
2. Durability. Many species of natural unfinished wood are going to wear much faster than woods under a well-applied finish.
+1. There's not really a tone issue, per the above... look and durability. Most who have had solid body electric instruments refinished (i.e., poly to oil, oil to poly, nitro to poly, etc.) report no noticable tone differences.
the only reason my Natural finish bass sounds better than my high gloss basses, is because it costs abut 4x as much as the others put together .
Although you WILL notice a tone difference between gold and chrome knobs.
Tone. Unfinished wood breathes, Nitro is a good compromise and Poly compresses the tone.
Unfinished or oiled wood can stain, grease etc. Nitro wears fast (good or bad) Poly is nearly indestructible, but hard to refin.
Those are the real facts