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Bass Wood Finishing

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by Laren, Apr 14, 2021.

  1. Laren

    Laren Tele-Meister

    Jul 9, 2020
    West Somerset
    Hi guys,

    Just starting a build using bass wood for the body. Never used it before but it was cheap and I'm only using it for a couple of practice builds. I made a couple body blanks and sanded them flat and it seems quite a soft wood.

    There's nothing interesting about it at all so an opaque finish it will be, maybe some metallic sparkly stuff.

    I'm guessing just some sanding sealer, primer, colour and multiple coats of clear.

    Any input appreciated as always.

    Thanks guys.
  2. Jim_in_PA

    Jim_in_PA Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    May 31, 2019
    SE PA near New Hope PA
    I like working with basswood. It's economical, machines beautifully and relatively light in weight, too. Yes, it's somewhat soft. I do only use it for painted finishes, however. So seal/fill, prime and continue finishing as you describe.
  3. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Friend of Leo's

    Feb 3, 2021
    Austin, TX
    Works on guitars too!
  4. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 22, 2018
    I used bass wood for the center block of a semi hollow - it is light weight, cuts and works very easily - if I had to characterize it I would say half way between balsa and maple. I know it is a common wood for carvers. It has a reputation for denting easily - I believe that Ibanez has used it for solid guitar bodies and finished them in some sort of epoxy. I guess if I was going to finish it I would be tempted to use a two part catalyzed finish of some sort. I might also be inclined to harden screw holes by wicking thin CA into them.

    As always, save you cutoffs for practice.
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