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Musikraft neck - which finish?

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by rydera81, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. rydera81

    rydera81 TDPRI Member

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    Mar 19, 2018
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    Hello all,

    Long time lurker, first time poster.

    I'm currently designing my first custom musikraft neck for my BSB tele and I can't decide if I should go for the Tung oil finish or aged oil.

    It's a maple neck/maple board. I want it to be non-glossy and non-slippery, which I think the oils will be good for. However, musikraft's site says that tung oil may require future recoatings. Is this also true for their aged oil?

    I also want it to look slightly aged, like yellowish but not boarderline orange, if you catch my drift. Would the aged oil be too much for what I'm looking for? I hear that over time an oiled neck should age itself if it is played.

    I ruled out the thin lacquer they offer because it requires more finishing to be done after the fact from what I've read. I want the neck to be ready to install and don't want to finish it myself or spend more money shipping it to a finisher.

    This is my first time doing this so please excuse my noobness.

    Thanks
     
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  2. FrontPU

    FrontPU Tele-Holic

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    Jul 6, 2008
    nyc
    Welcome to the forum, I was a long time lurker, too.
    I love MusiKraft necks w/ Shellac (under coat) + Tung (top coat).
    If you would like to do this, order a raw (without the filler/base coat which MusiKraft regularly uses) neck since shellac won't be applied on properly with it.
     

  3. rydera81

    rydera81 TDPRI Member

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    Thanks for the welcome.

    Some of the old forum posts about Musikraft necks indicate that they used to offer shellac as a finish but they don't seem to carry that anymore.

    I hear that MJT is a good finisher but I looked at the prices and they charge around $200 for finishes. Is there a way that this can be done more affordably?

    I have no experience with finishing guitars so I am wary about doing it myself. Thanks for the help.
     

  4. Sconnie

    Sconnie Tele-Afflicted

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    May 1, 2017
    Denver, CO
    I have one Musikraft neck and I finished it on my own with Tru-oil. That stuff is really durable, very easy to use, and will get you the feel you're after. I know you don't wanna to do it on your own but I still suggest reading up a bit on how people apply it and see if it's something you'd wanna try. For color beneath TO you can use any water/alcohol based dye.

    Dry powders http://www.rockler.com/homestead-dry-dyes like this are cheap and come in many colors, TO costs about $9 including tax at walmart and my favorite way to apply it is with a folded coffee filter. A piece of scrap maple for practicing will be really cheap at any hardware store, that way you're in about $30 for more than enough finishing supplies, you'll have lots of control over the color, control over the feel of the topcoat, and a new skill!

    Also, TO is easy to repair and doesn't need to be replenished like the regular oils you're asking about since it's actually a varnish (the name is confusing.) Sorry if I said too much and you're really against doing it on your own;)
     

  5. OldMike

    OldMike TDPRI Member

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    Mar 4, 2014
    Cleveland Zoo
    I have used several Musicraft necks, they are first class. They say no guarantee if it leaves their shop without a finish but that is how I was planning my next build. Their finishes don't seem ever to be dark enough for me so I usually sprayed them with tinted lacquer from StewMac. I was thinking to stain first then lacquer. No matter what, I always had to sand the headstock edges to get them a little more rounded.
    It usually costs me $400 plus for a quarter sawn maple neck with a Clapton soft "V" shape which I highly recommend. If you want, you can install hardware and just bolt it on and finish it at a later time. I was new to building and did all finishing myself. I have a Fender American Standard body with Musicraft neck that I'd put up against any fender custom shop Strat. A good guitar build is the sum of good parts, but a bit of luck helps too for it to sound good.
     
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  6. rydera81

    rydera81 TDPRI Member

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    Mar 19, 2018
    New York
    I looked into applying Tru oil and it seems doable enough. Not as intimidating as I originally thought haha. I might just take this route.. How many coats are usually done?

    Thanks for the tip!
     

  7. Sconnie

    Sconnie Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
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    May 1, 2017
    Denver, CO
    That stuff is very user-friendly, I really enjoy working with it. For the non-glossy silky finish you're after, I would probably do around 10 coats and buff it with steel wool and some paste wax. Send me a pm if you want me to hash out my technique in greater detail and some pictures of what I got out of it!
     

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