Warmoth Custom Guitar Parts - Neck Finishes

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Neck Finishes

Clear Gloss

This is the usual neck finish, crystal clear, wet looking and very shiny.

Vintage Tint

This is the addition of an amber tint to make the neck appear aged. This is not a relic type finish, just a tinted color.

Satin Finish

A satin finish has no gloss or shiny look to it; the appearance is dull or matte. This is a more functional type finish which is appreciated by some for its faster, slicker feel.

Special Note for Maple Necks

On maple necks with maple fretboards the entire neck is finished, including the fretboard, frets, and inlays. We do not remove the finish from the frets. This work is left to the end user, as part of the set up, assembly, and fret leveling process.
If a Maple fretboard contains white or light-colored inlays or side dots, and the neck is finished in Vintage Tint, the white inlays will take on the tinted appearance.

Matching Neck and Body Colors

We can match solid colors on the bodies and necks if we paint them both at the same time - painted separately may result in less than perfect color matching and we do not recommend it. Matching transparent colors, dyes, and bursts requires that the headstock face be made of the same wood as the body top, again these must be done at the same time to insure a perfect match.

Headstock Decals

Warmoth does not have nor do we install Fender decals - in fact we do not install any decals at all.

Other Neck Finish Info

All our necks are dipped in an oil based penetrating sealer which is compatible with virtually all secondary finishes. This provides enhanced stability; however, it is not adequate protection for playing. We strongly recommend you apply a hard finish to all non-roasted Maple, Mahogany, Walnut, Korina, and Koa necks. Oils do not validate our warranty requirements. We understand the attraction of raw or lightly oiled necks. They feel fast and are not sticky. Unfortunately, they are much more susceptible to moisture related warping and twisting. Our experience is that hard finished necks seldom warp. Raw or oiled necks don't fare as well. About 10% are rendered useless from the torture. The more acidic your perspiration, the higher the odds are against you.

If you must play a raw neck, that's cool; it's ok. A neck is just a tool. Just be aware of the risk.

For a valid warranty, a hard finish must be sufficiently thick to completely cover the wood. That means no wood is exposed and you are actually playing on the finish, not the wood. Now, it does not matter to us who applies the finish. Of course we would love to do the finish for you, but if you choose to do it yourself or have it done elsewhere the warranty is still valid.

We provide a 2 year warranty on all necks finished by us at the time of order.
We provide a 1 year warranty on all necks properly finished by a third party.