sunburst oil finish? and other questions

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Tiny Tim, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. Tiny Tim

    Tiny Tim

    Jul 8, 2002
    Salem, Oregon
    Can you do a died sunburst with a final oil finish. If so, is there any tricks you can pass along.
    also is there a minimum distance needed between the nut and the tuners? I am in the planning stages of a twelve string bass(root+ 2 octaves) and would like to keep the headstock as small as possible to keep the weight down.
    One more, does anyone know a resource for a 12 string bridge or a 8 string bridge that could be modified to work? I was thinking that the one on the FBB made for Xush could be modified to work buy sloting one set of string holes but it doesn't show up on there websight.
    This is sure a great resource I have learned alot in the lasts few months reading everyones post.
    Thanks to all! Tim
  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    I don't think the bridge I used on Mark's 8 string could be modified. This bridge has a small 1/4" wide saddle for each of the 8 strings and so your middle octave string would end up right in the middle of the two saddles. I think you'd want the whole bridge a bit wider, anyways.

    I've seen Jack Read and Mike Tobias basses with hand-rubbed analine bursts and an oil finish. Personally, I've found that applying analine dyes by hand is for the birds. Spraying is the way to go and you should look into the Preval spray units and/or the Guitar ReRanch for one-off spray finish kits.
  3. RobbieK


    Jun 14, 2003
    hmm, I think a three tone would be tricky, but you can definately stain a two-tone. If it was me though, I'd probably apply the dye for edge shading with a spray gun. As always, test and practise on scrap timber.