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Mick Reid
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Oct 11th, 2017 04:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Finished my latest "experiment"...

Mahogany neck with a Tru Oil finish. Very pleased with the result.
This my second TO finish. I've now done one body (the strat in the background) and this neck.

Definitely had a couple educational moments through the process, but that's was my whole reason for doing it!

Headstock looks sort of satin in the photo but it's actually very glossy IRL. (gloss shows up better on the back of the neck shot)

I also installed a new Graphtech Tusq nut (another first for me).

I really like the feel of the finish. IMO it absolutely has a different feel than lacquer or poly.

As always, thanks for your collective and continued support in these endeavours!

Mahogany & Tru Oil

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 06:48 AM, Oct 11th, 2017)

Leftee
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Oct 11th, 2017 05:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very nice!

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Oct 11th, 2017 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That came out great!

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Oct 11th, 2017 09:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice.



Therealfrogman
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Oct 11th, 2017 09:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Its a beauty.

Cal-Woody

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Oct 11th, 2017 09:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another nice finish! You have taken a decent price guitar to a total new level and have made it really equitable piece of art!
How does play with all the added work you've done?
I haven't ventured into finish work but if you were close by I would definitely solicit your help.
Good job there Aussie! By cracky, I think the boy has a real talent!

Mick Reid
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Oct 11th, 2017 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks everyone.
Cal, it plays great! It could be considered one of my more "over-capitalised" "cheap" guitars!

I posted another thread about this guitar a while back. I put Fender Vintage Noiseless in place of the stock HB's and it really gives it a unique sound.

As I've said previously, I bought this guitar as a platform for experimenting and so far it's paid off :^)


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Oct 12th, 2017 08:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That looks totally pro, brother.

Nice work.

Teching on cheepie guitars is how everyone learns this stuff. You develop techniques and processes that work well for you, and they improve as you go.

Keep at it. Hang out a shingle!

Leftee
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Oct 12th, 2017 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They have a vaccine for that.

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Oct 12th, 2017 12:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice work Mick! You "are" the vaccine for guitar virus!

Mick Reid
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Oct 12th, 2017 01:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"You "are" the vaccine for guitar virus!"

That's a good thing - right? ;^)


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Oct 12th, 2017 02:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Absolutely :-)

wrnchbndr
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Oct 13th, 2017 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I need to try this method of finishing.

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Oct 13th, 2017 10:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Good job! I have done 3 guitars and four necks with Tru Oil. Here is an example of Tru Oil on figured non musical walnut. I like to leave a bit of the grain and not totally level the oil. It's easier and does not look like a poly finish.

Try Oil on walnut

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Oct 13th, 2017 10:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I prefer Danish oil over Tru Oil, but it's basically the same stuff--just a little thinner.

A gunstock finish (slurry sanding) is really beautiful when using either finish. Traditional gunsmiths use boiled linseed oil and achieve the same effect. The finish isn't just on the surface of the wood; it's in the wood. And it's impervious to the elements.

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Oct 13th, 2017 02:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...I need to try this method of finishing..."

If you've used Minwax wipe-on poly, you've got the idea. Tru-Oil is thicker and dries more slowly, but it takes fewer coats to achieve the same build. They're both excellent products.

Mick Reid
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Oct 13th, 2017 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice BONG 1600!!!

Te 52: Minwax isn't available here (yet). They have an AU website but the "Where To Buy" page still says Coming Soon.

If & when it come available, I'll likely give it a go.


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Oct 13th, 2017 05:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow Mick, I never saw that! Now you have me thinking. I have to figure out how to make the next one water proof. I guess I could do the inside with poly.
Thanks for the idea Mate.

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Oct 14th, 2017 10:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've used the Formbys Tung Oil finish on a couple of guitars. It's not true tung oil as the name implies but rather a varnish with some tung oil in it. Its basically apply a thin coat, wait 12 hours, cut back with 0000 steel wool, apply another coat... On maple, I've achieved a gloss lacquer finish. I haven't tried the slurry method of grain filling.

Mick Reid
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Oct 14th, 2017 04:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...Its basically apply a thin coat, wait 12 hours, cut back with 0000 steel wool, apply another coat..."

wrench - one of the things I like about the Tru Oil is I can 3 coats per day. I get a coat on about every 3 hours and let the last one set overnight hitting it with 1000 synthetic pad between coats.

This last job, I didn't do anything between the last 3 or 4 coats until post-cure wet sand & polish.

Tru Oil is also not a "true oil". It does have some kind of polymers in it, and AFAIK, linseed oil is one of it's ingredients.


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