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Natural wood VS High polish

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by aviador, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. aviador


    Feb 9, 2008
    What are the advantages & disadvantages between them?
  2. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    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.


  3. +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.
  4. mothmonsterman


    Feb 8, 2006
    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 :D.
  5. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Although you WILL notice a tone difference between gold and chrome knobs. :smug:

  6. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    Tone. — Unfinished wood breathes, Nitro is a good compromise and Poly compresses the tone.

    known facts

    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

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