Lacquer type question - Squier shortscale base

Discussion in 'Finely Finished' started by old_picker, Feb 26, 2020.

  1. old_picker

    old_picker Tele-Afflicted

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    Have this shortscale mustang bass here and I am wondering what the finish on the one piece maple neck is. It is almost dry to the touch like there's no finish there yet it will not take moisture and I can see the decal is buried under the finish - maybe decal is silk screened

    I would love to be able to duplicate the nice dry slinky6 feel - it's almost like wood with no finish -

    Any ideas?:

    thanks in advance to any and all posters
     
  2. EsquireBoy

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    Yesterday I helped a student of mine set up her Squier Strat, and it had exactly that type of finish on the neck. I guess it’s some kind of poly matte finish. It’s nice but IMO it does not feel like bare wood because you can feel it’s been hardened by some kind of plasticizer.
     
  3. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    Are you sure it’s not the Squier Bronco Bass?

    Those have a very thin matte sealer.

    If I wanted to replicate it easily and cheaply, I would use a very light application of matte Deft lacquer. It’s under 10 bucks, available at many run-of-the-mill hardware stores, and it’s extremely easy to apply well (has an outstanding spray nozzle). Follow it with extra fine steel wool or Scotchbrite if you want it super smooth and matte.
     
  4. old_picker

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    ahh yeah - bronco bass it is

    we don't have deft here - is that a precat nitro or what?

    A very similar finish is used on the necks of Musicman Cutlass strats.
    A mate of mine who is s great player does a lot of big shows in the far north queensland tropics. He swears this is the only neck that doesn't "grab" in the high humidity even in pouring rain. It is s very "dry" feel.

    He reckons there's no finish on those necks but I know musicman wont be releasing guitars with raw necks.
     
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2020
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