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Thread: When was oil & wax finish introduced to Stingrays?

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    When was oil & wax finish introduced to Stingrays?

    I was just wondering, when did EBMM start using the oil & wax finish on their Stingray necks? I can't seem to find this info anywhere. It's mostly for the curiosity sake I'm asking, and was wondering if Flea's black 3 band Stingray that he used in the "Master Session" with Phoenix River is lacquered or oil&wax finished. I think I only found 90s used Stingrays online that were always lacquer finished.

    Anyways, I just got a great 2010 2 band Stingray with the oil & wax finish, and it's nice as heck, but I'm adding a bit more protection - 8 thin coats of BC Gun Stock Tru Oil, and will end with 2 coats of BC Gun Stock Wax. Kind of more like BC intended the Tru Oil to be used (several thin coats that are left to dry). I know EBMM just put the oil for like 15 seconds, wipe off, put on the wax and buff, wipe off. It feels great, if you want that "almost bare" neck feel. I'm just about to put the 8th coat (I do 2 coats a day). It looks great, has a great sheen already and feels nice when it dries. This is my first oil & wax Stingray, my previous ones were lacquered (USA SUB & BFR Stingray Black Sugar).

    Anyways, would love to know when they introduced this neck finish specifically on Stingray basses. Thanks!

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    Early 1993 for Sting Rays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Trussbroken View Post
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    Early 1993 for Sting Rays.
    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Trussbroken View Post
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    Early 1993 for Sting Rays.
    I have great difficulty playing anything other than an oil and wax finished neck

    StingRay 4H Buttercreme 2005 L.E.
    StingRay 4H Light Blue over Vintage Sunburst. 2005 ”SunBlue"

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    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    I have great difficulty playing anything other than an oil and wax finished neck
    They feel great! I did add extra protection with 8 coats of Tru Oil and 2 coats of Gun Stock Wax, but it still has that great smooth feel. Tru Oil is very easy to work with, and the results are great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mouth View Post
    They feel great! I did add extra protection with 8 coats of Tru Oil and 2 coats of Gun Stock Wax, but it still has that great smooth feel. Tru Oil is very easy to work with, and the results are great.
    Only ever re oiled and waxed once, easy job, wipe the oil on after wirewooling (keeping pickups well covered remove neck if need be) wipe on, wipe off, wax and buff.

    I’ve given my other basses that had lacquered finishes the same treatment. Can’t play a lacquered neck. Shame really with all the beautiful figured necks on offer

    StingRay 4H Buttercreme 2005 L.E.
    StingRay 4H Light Blue over Vintage Sunburst. 2005 ”SunBlue"

    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE AMPS.

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    Tru-oil is technically a finish, so you can build up quite a few layers if you want. Just be careful as it'll eventually become like a finished neck.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple fretboard / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood Fretboard/ 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Signature Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    Tru-oil is technically a finish, so you can build up quite a few layers if you want. Just be careful as it'll eventually become like a finished neck.
    Yup, Tru Oil is a varnish. I wanted a bit more protection on my neck, which is why I built up 8 coats (2 per day max + sanding every 3 or 4 coats), let it sit and dry for almost a week after the last coat, before adding 2 coats of wax. Man it feels great. It's still not a thick coat by any means, still feels fast and smooth, but the maple won't get dirty at all now, and I believe it makes the neck more stable.

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