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  1. first, i'm curious. I've never tried a neck finished with tru-oil and i heard a lot of good thing about this. I have a guitar and a bass but i think that the necks are finished with poly. So i would like to test a neck with tru oil. The second point is that it's nor necessary to have a space ventilated such as for nitro or poly. I didn't have a ventilated place. So tru oil is very convenient for me. Acrylic finish can be less toxic than poly or nitro but i didn't found a lot of personne that use this kind of stuff for the neck. So i don't know if it's really the best choice for the neck and what specific product i can used.
  2. Hi, I’m building my first own guitar and I bought an unfinished maple guitar neck (neck and fretboard). To finish it, I would like to use tru oil. However, maple fretboard needs to be protected by an waterproof layer to avoid dirty stain on the wood. Tru oil is not a real oil because it became hard but can it provide a sufficient protective layer for maple? If it’s not the case, can apply tru oil just on the neck part and use acrylic or polyurethane lacquer for the fretboard? Personally, I don’t seed any difficulties but perhaps I’m too confident. Has anyone ever done that? Thank you for your answers.
  3. Hi, I'm looking for polyurethane instead of Nitro because it's less toxic. However, i'm not sure that it's easy to get Nitrocellulose in Canada because of it's toxicity. In addition, Nitro turn to yellow. I Think that poly too but it take more time. Acrylic don't turn to yellow but i have doubts about its wood protection properties.
  4. Hi everybody, I'm from Canada and i'm finishing my first electric guitar (hope that it's not the last!!!). I looking for a satin or semi gloss lacquer for my guitar solid body. However, since it's my first guitar, I don't have all the material to make one completely. I will equip myself gradually with the next guitars. For the finishing, i don't have a spray gun so i have to deal with lacquer in spray can. I'm looking for clear (satin or semi-gloss) polyurethane lacquer (no-yellowing) in spray can which is available in hardware store in canada. I find this: Varathane Diamond Wood Finish - Outdoor (Water, Satin) available in home Hardware https://www.homedepot.ca/product/varathane-diamond-wood-finish-outdoor-water-satin-aerosol-/1000423123 Has anyone ever used this product for a guitar finishing? Does anyone know of another product that meets my requirements easily available in Canada? otherwise, I also found an acrylic lacquer that meets my requirements however I do not know it's good as a guitar protection. It does not turn yellow but it does not turn out to be hard when dry. However, it seems that it has already been used as a finish. For information, I don't want the discussion to slip on the influence of lacque on the sound. I have already found enough discussion that turns on this topic where everyone have his opinion on nitro and poly laquer. I especially want to have advice or feedback on the practical aspect. Thanks a lot for your answers.
  5. Hi everybody, i'm building my own electric guitar. I have some questions about neck installation, especialy for the drilling. 1- for the solid body, i have to drill the holes larger than the screws but how many? 2- for the neck it's the inverse, i have to drill holes (to avoid wood rupture) smaller than the screws but how many? Thank you for you answers.
  6. Hi everybody, I have two unfinished necks; one maple neck with rosewood fretboard and one maple neck with maple fretboard. First, I made some research on the internet to get some information on the neck finishing and for the fretboard this is not clear. For the neck, it’s pretty well documented. To resume, there is three way: use nitrocellulose (as Fendre), use polyurethane lacquer or use oil (tru-oil, Danish oil). However, concerning the fretboard, it’s isn’t clear. What I found is that for the rosewood fretboard, the is no treatment. Only citrus oil, just to preserve the wood. For the maple fretrboard, there is a lot of things. True or not, I don’t really know. - First, the sweaty hands can change the color of fretboard in the long run. So laquer is recommended. For oil finish, some people says that oil doen’t protect from moisture od change of color. However, it’s possible to finish maple neck with oil. So I don’t understand why not fretboard. - Then, for laquer application on fretboard, what is the process? How many coats and should i sand between layers? - If it’s possible to finish fretboard with oil, How many coats and should i sand between layers? Thank you a lot for your answers.
  7. Hi, I’m building my own guitar and I’m ready for the finish of the guitar body. I want a body stained blue but with natural wood grain visible (it’s in swamp ash). Find here some pictures for examples. I have made some research but I didn’t find exactly what I expected. So I want to have some confirmation that what I planned to do is correct. As you can see on the pictures, the wood grain is a little black. It seems that before to stain in blue, I have to do something to enhance the visibility of the wood grain. I found different way to do it: - Burn the surface of the wood with a blowtorch and sand after until only the grain of the wood grain remains dark. It seems that this is the most used method but for me it seems very aggressive and suitable for failure (wood too much burn) - Stain with a dark color and sand after until only the grain of the wood grain remains dark. - Use a dark pore filler and sand after until only the grain of the wood grain remains dark. It works with wood which have open pores, which is the case with swamp ash. Finally, I planed to apply an oil finish (tru oil or Danish oil). So mow my questions: 1 – Which is the best technique to enhance wood grain visibility 2 – For the oil finish, I find a lot of tutorial but none when the guitar body is previously stained. So is it possible to use an oil finish on a dye? 3 – Swamp ash is wood with open pores. Am I obliged to apply a pore filler? If it’s the case, at what step of my finish process should it be made? Thank you very much for your answers.
  8. Hi, i'm building my first own electric guitar and for this, i want to used a fixed bridge. Its more easy to install and adjust. It.s also allows a better transmission of vibrations from the cords to the solidbody. I made some research because i want to have a good quality for this guitar parts. But it appears quickly to me that it's a expensive part of the electric guitar when you are looking for quality (hipshot, Babizs,...). Then a found the Tight End R fixed brige which seems to be good, it also have a good style but i didn't find reviews about this fixed bridge.. I just want to be sure that it's a good item before tu purchase one. does anyone know this item and can give me his opinion.about it. Thanks a lot in advance for your answers. Best regards,
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