Mike Doyle Posted July 9, 2004 Report Share Posted July 9, 2004 Hey guys, your help was appreciated in my last thread, and I am moving on. If this neck ends up like I want it, I think a hobby of building guitars is inevitable, its so much fun! I can't believe the satisfaction of doing little modifications to your guitar. So I have the neck shape sanded down to my liking, and to finish off the neck I will do the following: 1) Headstock stain 2) Clear Coat headstock finish 3) Tung Oil Neck Finish 4) Fret crown/level/polish 5) Custom Headstock Decal Right now I am asking for a little advice on steps 1 and 2. I went out and bought some Minwax oil-based wood finish in 'special walnut', which I find will go amazing with my body, and some Varathane Professional Clear finish in Satin. Now I have read from some members that they don't like to use oil-based wood finish on their guitars. I thought the actual look of the oil-finish was much more natural than the water-finish and thats why I went with it. I am only staining my headstock (maple..no pores), so do you think it will be a problem? In addition, I have some Minwax 'Polyshades' which is a stain + polyurethane product, which covers both staining and protecting. Does anyone advise against using this? That's about all I need to know...the actual staining and protecting is straight-forward and simple...I just want to know if I will have any trouble with the oil-based finish. Thanks! Pictures will come in a few days when its done. Here is the headstock. I will sand off the current stain, including the decal. I think will also carve the rosewood to maple joint a little straighter and go to work on the stain for 3-4 coats, then finish with a clear coat for 1-2 coats. The new decal will come later! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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