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    Oiling a neck

    I love the feel of the unfinished neck on my Universe, but it's getting a bit manky from my sweat and I feel it could do with a bit of protection. What I want is to keep the matte finish/feel, so any particular type or brand of oil anyone would recommend for that?
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    But it will give u a yellowish tint. After its done (1-2 coats ) just use a 0000 Steel Wool and lighty sand it, it removes the shinny.

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    The default is Birchwood Case Tru-Oil and Wax. Watch Ben Eller's excellent video on how to apply that.

    I used Crimson Guitars oil on my Indonez, still not quite sure why. I like supporting European businesses, I guess. It's good stuff, though, and it protects more than you'd think. If I were to use it again, I would use only 2 coats (I used 5). The tutorials I followed were for Tru-Oil, and this stuff builds quicker, apparently. As for feel, it's certainly better than a matte clearcoat, but it does not feel quite like raw maple.

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    Yeah, any sort of tung oil will help - it's a penetrating finish rather than a surface finish, so it protects the grain of the wood and gives you a little more stability. Most "tung oil finishes" have something else in the finish, and I've been using one for years now that's pretty good - you can build it up to a shine if you want, but sanding it back with 0000 steel wool gives you a very "natural" feeling neck.
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    Can the oil and wax go bad? When I bought the used EBMM JP6 the owner gave me a bottle of Tru Oil and Wax.

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    It can do. I had a bottle of Tung oil that was over a year old and when I put it on my 7 neck it gave a very blotchy finish. The bottle had been opened about a year prior, stored in the garage over winter, and was applied exactly as per the instructions on the bottle.

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