Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Northern California
Re: Oil for raw mahogany neck?
I sanded off the poly finish off my mahogany neck and oiled it with Dunlop Lemon Oil and music store said it should have more than just that otherwise it may crack.
I used shellac and that did the trick for the mahogany neck. It's a great old world method but it's extremely tedious and takes many coats and is improved with light sanding between coats.
So I put on light coat, sand of 80% percent or more off, do another coat, sand, coat, sand, coat, sand, etc.
And I only do three or four inches of the back of the mahogany neck at a time since the French polish method dries so fast. If done right, you can still get the feel of an almost bare wood mahogany neck and not dampen the resonance. It gives just enough protection to avoid easy cracking (as is the case with bare mahogany) but not so much finish on the wood that easier methods put on which dampen wood tone and make a neck feel plastic-like.
I did my shellac on neck for two days this way, waited a couple of weeks and then re-applied five or six coats. If we are talking about a bare maple neck that's maple like a strat type neck then I leave it alone and maple can take the abuse like Van Halen type guitars, but mahogany is a little brittle and needs some protection.
As for maple being oiled I heard it could get stained.
Last edited by 63Blazer; 03-08-2015 at 11:10 PM.