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  1. #1

    Join Date: Sep 2012
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    headstock finish ideas

    So i'm currently building an RGD 7 string and have a pre made neck which needs a little finishing. Currently its just a maple headstock, the same as the neck and it doesn't match the walnut top at all (which I'm planning on just oiling the body it as its too nice a grain to dye).

    I'm going to need to do something to the headstock, so its either going to be dyed/stained a translucent black as i think it has quite a nice grain to it still, or I'm going to get a very thin iron on wood veneer, in maybe ebony macassar or something like a walnut burl which should be a pretty close match to the body colour.

    i thought i'd get your opinions if you have done any similar finishing, and what experiences anyone might have had with iron on veneers vs. glued, or which dye/stain would be good on the headstock to give an even finish and leave some of that maple grain showing through.


  2. #2

    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Trans brown, try and match it to the body.


  3. #3

    Join Date: Aug 2012
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    Yeah, black would make the neck look too dark altogether, natural would be out of place, so I'd agreed with BP, do a stain to blend as best as possible with the body.
    ^ probably sarcasm.

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    Join Date: Jun 2009
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    stain to match the body for sure.
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    Join Date: Sep 2012
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    No love for a walnut veneer then? Stain seems to be the most popular choice here.

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    Get a veneer of the fretboard wood, so the neck and body contrast. It would draw the attention to the awesome body grain, and still match the fretboard so it won't look out of place.

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    I say veneer. You're going to have a hard time staining just the face of the headstock and maintaining a clean edge.

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    I kind of like the way the maple contrasts the walnut, I'd leave it and oil the shit out of both.
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