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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-03-2016, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Staining basswood?

So i have my rg550 all black and im getting bored of the straight black look and thought about going for natural.. But have been hearing alot that its a bad idea to stain basswood. What are other options for a natural look.
Varnish mixed with stain?

Im out of ideas.. Need some help!
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-12-2016, 07:52 AM
 
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Re: Staining basswood?

I don't think basswood has a particularly pretty grain to it, compared to the woods normally chosen for natural finishes.
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Yeah it looks pretty bad usually. Plus it swallows finish up.
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I don't think basswood has a particularly pretty grain to it, compared to the woods normally chosen for natural finishes.
Well i went for danish oil finish. And i really like how the color of the wood looks. Its not about the grain for me. I just ignored the staining part
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don't hesitate to share pics when you have reached 10 posts on the forum (below 10 posts you cannot post any pic), thanks
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Re: Staining basswood?

I have 3 basswood axes I kind of want to strip and stain (97 UV, RG7421 & EXB445 5 string bass)

What did you do to strip them?

And I'd like to see pics too, please.
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Re: Staining basswood?

I thought this was an interesting video too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXQ8htKWQ (Funny... link works even with the inadvertent smiley!)

I liked the simple Danish oil best myself.

BUT! I read you can stain w/ black and then sand that down to accentuate the grain.

Doing that and then using the Danish oil might give interesting results.

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IMO, basswood looks best when sealed and cleared in it's natural color without ant stains or dye's.





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NICE!

How did you strip yours?
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NICE!

How did you strip yours?

LOL...Yes, MANY times!!

It's had a figured makore veneer top, a fabric top, and the original rootbeer metallic paint over the years.
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Re: Staining basswood?

Sorry, I meant HOW did you strip the original finish?

I've been thinking heavy duty sandpaper with a power hand sander but if there's an easier way, I'd like to hear it.
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Sorry, I meant HOW did you strip the original finish?

I've been thinking heavy duty sandpaper with a power hand sander but if there's an easier way, I'd like to hear it.
Sorry, I didn't understand. I've always used a palm sander with 40-grit discs until the base coat was barely showing the wood grain through it. I then switch to a sanding beam with 120-grit for the top and back and a sanding block for the sides.

IMO, strippers are too messy and always remove the shielding inside the pup cavities and electronics cavity. These can be re-done, but why create the extra work?
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Thanks for the input. I figure it will be some doing to get through the original finishes.
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I would avoid against oils for basswood. I found that it's really soft to work with and very prone to denting. Perhaps go for something which will cure and harden over time...?
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Re: Staining basswood?

If anyone is interested or has an instagram. I did post the results there, looks pretty awesome. My username is : larsynugget
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