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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-01-2012, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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RGT220 HSOL - What's That Finish?

I have an RGT220 HSOL. I don't remember what year it is, but it's the last year they made them, as seen here: http://www.ibanezrules.com/new/rgt220h.htm

Anyone know what this finish is? I want to duplicate it on a project I'm working on. It's not glossy at all, and literally feels/smells like raw wood, but I know it isn't. Some type of oil finish, but I'm not sure which one it is.

Would tung oil achieve this, or is tung too thick/glossy? All the tung finishes I've see have some type of sheen to them... almost like a light lacquer.

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Re: RGT220 HSOL - What's That Finish?

Heh... okay... tung oil it is!
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Re: RGT220 HSOL - What's That Finish?

You apply it. Let it dry. Use steel wool to "unsticky" it. Then re-apply as necessary.
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Re: RGT220 HSOL - What's That Finish?

I have always wanted this guitar, it is beautiful. How does it feel without the finish on it?
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Re: RGT220 HSOL - What's That Finish?

sporatic, it's pretty amazing... especially if you're into "natural" guitars. I mean, if you didn't know any better, you'd think this was raw wood. Hell, I even like the way the guitar SMELLS. I know, I know... weird, but I've always had an appreciation for fine woods, especially hardwoods and exotics. I wish Ibanez made more natural finish guitars like this.

That's why I'm so adamant about finding out what type of oil they used on this model. I want to put the same stuff on a project guitar I'm building.

Based on what little I know about tung oil, and some of the demos I've watched online, it seems to leave a "coat" and sheen after it dries... which can range from minimal to full-on lacquer (if you apply numerous coats). That's not what I want. I want a natural, matte finish like on my RGT220 HSOL.

Originally, I was planning to use Watco Danish Oil, but someone on another forum recommended (strongly) against it. However, the Watco seems to be the closest I've come to duplicating the finish that's on my Ibby.

My original question still stands, so if anyone knows what finish Ibanez used, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!
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Re: RGT220 HSOL - What's That Finish?

Itīs not oil, but a very thin laquer of some sort. I too thought it was oil, but was since corrected. I have 2020SOL and 220Z.
If I were to reproduce the finish, I would probably make the laquer very fluid thinning it out and just a thin layer or two.
Definitely agree about these guitars, they are beautiful.
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Re: RGT220 HSOL - What's That Finish?

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Itīs not oil, but a very thin laquer of some sort. I too thought it was oil, but was since corrected. I have 2020SOL and 220Z.
If I were to reproduce the finish, I would probably make the laquer very fluid thinning it out and just a thin layer or two.
Definitely agree about these guitars, they are beautiful.
Hmm, that sounds more in-line with the Watco Danish Oil (which actually has very little oil, and is mostly other stuff... lacquer, varnish, etc). I had Watco on a custom shop Jackson that I recently sold and always loved the finish on that one--very similar to the 220HSOL.
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