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White oak henna eub

Discussion in 'Electric Upright Basses (EUB's) [DB]' started by fingerandpick, Jun 26, 2014.


  1. fingerandpick

    fingerandpick

    Jun 12, 2013
    Florida
    I am planning to build a solid body eub out of white oak and use henna to make some traditional Indian patterns out of it (like in the picture). My problem is, that I really love the feel of the raw wood for both the back of the neck and for the fingerboard, but I don't want to ruin the pattern or the wood with finger oils and stuff. I hate the sticky feeling that gloss finishes leave. Any advice is helpful! Thanks in advance!
     

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  2. fingerandpick

    fingerandpick

    Jun 12, 2013
    Florida
    And by sticky feeling I mean that after playing a lot if your hands get sweaty then a gloss finish just feels sticky and slow compared to like a sanded satiny finish
     
  3. Fingerboard should probably be made with ebony or rosewood instead anyway.
     
  4. fingerandpick

    fingerandpick

    Jun 12, 2013
    Florida
    Why? I love the look of the white oak and the fact that I can pick it up at lowes and the fact that it is plenty hard and sturdy. I just want to know about a finish
     
  5. elgecko

    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    A satin/matte finish maybe?
     
  6. fingerandpick

    fingerandpick

    Jun 12, 2013
    Florida
    But would that be a laquer? Or a polyurethane, or an oil finish? This will be my first ever build of any kind and i only own electric bass guitars too. Thanks!
     
  7. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

    Jul 7, 2004
    Chicago
    OP, check out this chart. http://tinytimbers.com/pdf/chart_janka.pdf

    White oak may not be suitable for a fingerboard as it may be too soft.
     
  8. fingerandpick

    fingerandpick

    Jun 12, 2013
    Florida
    Hmm interesting, I may go for hard maple instead then because I've seen it used as a fingerboard a lot (usually ebonized) and I do want a white woos
     

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