Possible finish options for an alder body?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Blackbird, Jun 4, 2002.

  1. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Greetings, gentlemen.

    I have a Warmoth Dinky J-Bass body with a hideous and worn black finish. I would like to have the body refinished in a natural color even if the wood underneath is unremarkable. My only concern is that I don't see many natural Alder finished basses.


    Why isn't Natural alder a common finish option for basses? Are there any other reasons besides esthetics?

    Are there any simple, and inexpensive ways to finish a bass that still show the wood besides a transparent finish? I was wondering what alternatives might be available, if any.

    Sorry if these questions seem elementary. Thank you for any insights.

  2. dhuffguitars

    dhuffguitars Luthier/Bass Wanker depending on your opinion

    Sep 18, 2001
    The easiest to apply would be an oil finish.

    You can always checkout some books at your library on wood finishing and see what type might fit you best with your working environment.

    The is nothing wrong with alder, it is fine left natural it just generally has a pretty plain look is all.
  3. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    here is my dads bass that he built finished natrual and it is alder.
    it is also for sale. the top horn is shorter now.