Just bought a USACG roasted maple neck for my tele which is being installed and pleked this week. Trying to decide whether to true-oil the back, fingerboard or both.
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04-15-2019, 04:01 PM #1
04-15-2019, 04:12 PM #2
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Never have used it not a fan of working on maple fingerboard. I am assuming that is what you are doing. For myself a straight rosewood fingerboard or ebony much better. From repair and fret work maple boards i hate, added pain.
From what a gather though the tru oil maybe be the way to go on a guitar like this. All about the neck feel what is your experience with like finishes to play?specializing in repair and setup, does your guitar play like it should?
04-15-2019, 04:13 PM #3
04-15-2019, 04:20 PM #4
It's not necessary. The feel should be very close to a finished neck and Warmoth don't even require a finish on roasted maple necks (which they do require on regular maple) because they consider roasted maple to be so stable. I'd suggest playing it as-is for a while to see how you like it first.
04-15-2019, 04:25 PM #5
04-15-2019, 04:38 PM #6
04-15-2019, 05:05 PM #7
Hey Jack, my understanding too is that roasted maple doesn't need to be finished, but if you decide to go that route, I've had success with Tru-oil on (non-roasted) maple. It looks and feels great and is easy to apply.
Here is the schedule I settled on (which is much less than what I would do on a body):
* Seal coat of tru-oil —> rub with 000 synthetic steel wool
* 3 coats —> 000
* 2 coats —> 0000 —> 2 coats
* Leave a week or so, 0000
These are very thin coats that are rubbed on with a cotton pad, french polish style.
04-15-2019, 05:43 PM #8
Looks great but not strictly necessary. I have roasted maple on all my teles now and have not finished them. Perfectly stable and feels incredible.
04-15-2019, 08:03 PM #9
You can go no finish, to one to two coats of tru-oil, to multiple coats. If you leave it unfinished it will absorb anything (coffee, blood, wine, etc.) and leave it stained. If you go one or two coats (which is what I have done) it will still feel as though it is unfinished, but will have some protection against staining. If you go multiple coats you will eventually get a noticeable finish. Depends on what you want in the end.
Also roasted will darken quite a bit with tru-oil. I like the look.
04-16-2019, 01:03 AM #10
There are huge threads on this over at TDPRI.
I have had great success with TO on Warmoth roasted maple, spent about 2 weeks on each of the two necks I did.