Oil/wax finish: to wax before the hardware installation?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by adolganov, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. adolganov


    Jan 15, 2004

    I am at the final step of the body oil finishing, there are already 6 coats of teak oil (buffed with the 000 steel wool betwean the coats). The result feels and looks gorgeous - smooth and uniform.

    Now's the time for the carnauba wax application and final buffing. What I cannot figure out is should I install the bridge (Gotoh 201) before or after waxing? Will the (soft) wax coat between the body and the bridge kill/reduce the sustain?
  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Do it before. Most of the wax wipes off as you buff it so there won't be any buffer to speak of.