I picked this up last week and just finished most of the setup last night, the pickup heights are among the last details to finish up. After a complete teardown, cleaning and rebuild it's finally playable and stays in tune with heavy trem usage (has the edge pro)! Win... win for me.
The back of the neck was a bit glassy, probably due to just playing, so I lightly scuffed it up with 320 grit because I prefer either a satin or a oiled wood finish (I like either). The 320 grit felt very close (to me) to the satin texture on the back of the headstock, which I like. Note: I was able to pre-test grits on another guitar I have laying around.
My next step is to finish touch up sanding (or possibly sanding a bit more to get to bare wood) and then provide a coat of "something for protection". I am leaning towards something like a minwax wipe on poly (satin), the other option is something like tung oil. What I want to avoid though is adding any color, meaning I want to stick with a clear coating (regardless of type).
I guess the short story is that I want to "restore" the backside of the neck (in appearance), and have a nice satin or oiled finish. Have any of you used the minwax product mentioned above? Are there any pitfalls to consider? Are there alternatives to tung oil that do not contain dyes and that are completely clear?
Plugs: Thank you Rich for your website! I may be an Engineer and craftsmen however that only goes so far, your Ibanez specific content got me the rest of the way!!
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