Re: How do they achieve "Velvetouch?"
Rich, do you know how they finished the old 7vwh's before they switched over to 5-piece necks? I believe that's similar to what Dave is explaining. I had an '05 7vwh - 5 piece neck and slight gloss finish. I still have my '00 7vwh though, and it's the smoothest neck I've ever had, comparable to my EBMM JP15 (although the JP15 feels more of a wax base). It feels so satin, as if there is no finish. But are you saying they are still finished with a thin layer? Just not polished to a gloss, to give it a satin finish?
It's interesting, how experiences differ. I recently sold an '09 JCRG8570z, and the whole neck had a glossy finish. It didn't bug me, but certainly wasn't the best I've had, considering the 30 or so MIJ RGs I've owned over the years. The gloss on the neck wasn't as thick as the headstock like others have mentioned.. So that leads me to believe that the finish may have been more satin at some point but glossed over the years of playing by its previous owners? I would imagine it would need a lot of play to become so glossy.. Or perhaps just didn't get the "velvet touch" treatment.. But would be odd if they didn't give it a satin finish to begin with considering they do it on most Prestige models.
I sold the 8570z because I bought an '03 JCRG8670. The 8670 neck finish feels similar to one of my RG3120s - feels like an oil finish rather than a satin or gloss finish. Unless this was ALSO satin to begin with?
And when you refer to 1000 dry, is that sand paper? Lol I'm still learning to do all my own tech stuff. I would love to make all my necks satin with a little elbow grease.. I'm just worried of taking off wood and ruining the necks. Ben Eller has a thorough YouTube video of how he does it - to get the EBMM neck feel - but I wouldn't want to do that on my JC.