For necks, we offer a variety of finish options, each with its own advantages:
Some of our clients prefer the neck sent to them “Raw”. This would apply to those that want to apply their own finish. Unfortunately, necks purchased without a finish are covered for only a period of 30 days from the date of delivery. If we ship a neck raw, any issues resulting from atmospheric conditions like warp and twisting are not covered. Please keep this in mind if you choose “Raw” as the finish option.
Thin Lacquer Sealer:
A very thin application of lacquer, with a semi-gloss look and feel; our preferred pre-finish treatment and sufficient to honor our warranty. The advantage of this treatment is that the neck is sealed and ready for the next process if you wish to add more coats of lacquer – whether clear or tinted. We charge $20 for the labor cost involved in the process. We do not offer this in a tinted application.
We hand rub 2 coats of our own special blend of oils and buff to a satin finish. This makes for a smooth and fast neck. Depending on the amount of use the neck gets it will require future applications. We now offer this in a tinted application (Amber Tinted Oil).
We hand rub 1 coat of a special blend of oils that darkens the wood, giving it an aged look. We then hand rub 2 coats of clear oil over that, ensuring that the neck has an aged satin look and feel. Looks the best on Birdseye Maple, but not so much on Regular Maple.
Outside Options for Full Lacquer Finishes:
As the shop has been getting busier and busier, we have decided to focus more on our core business of building custom necks and bodies. Although we offer thin lacquer sealer and oil finishes, many of you may already be aware that we have discontinued full lacquer finishing services on necks and bodies some time ago. We receive many requests for these services and would like to provide the contact information for a couple shops that offers excellent neck and body finishing options.
MJT Aged Finishes: They have been around a long time and offer a wide range of finish options. We have a Special arrangement with them and can offer “Free Shipping” to them if the shipping address during checkout is to their shop. All questions regarding what they can and can not do in this regard should be directed to them. We will not field finishing questions related to outside Finishers.
Orion Guitar Finishing: The contact is Brian who used to operate Orion Guitar Finishing. We have worked with him in the past for such services. You can contact them here: Brian10A@comcast.net | Cell 856-889-7912.
Please note: If you decide to use Orion for your finishing needs, “We will not ship to him or have them pick anything up directly from us”. “You must take delivery of your item from us first” and then you would be responsible for shipping to the finisher. All phone calls, emails, questions and concerns about finishing must be directed to your finisher – once they are shipped to you and you receive them. We are not responsible for them after that point.