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I realized I never posted the finished project. Here are a couple pictures:

I'm really enjoying the guitar and glad I went this path.

More details about the build are here if anyone is interested:


N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Re: Need finishing advice for N4 project
« on: September 07, 2017, 08:40:30 AM »
How smooth does that finish end up? I may try it your way, but to confirm do you think filling the grain with a sealer is not worth doing or necessary? Also, have you applied this to mahogany?

Cheers and thanks for the feedback.

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Re: Need finishing advice for N4 project
« on: September 06, 2017, 06:16:04 PM »
I found the post about how the Davies finishes were done.

What do you guys think about using that approach with mahogany? Will the more open grain cause issues?

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Re: Need finishing advice for N4 project
« on: September 05, 2017, 05:35:14 AM »
Sorry for not clarifying. I'm thinking of a sealer to fill the open grain/poors to smooth the body. I used to have a 90's swamp ash N4 w/ a padauk stain. It had a really dark grain filler in it and looked amazing. .... I'm new at this though. Thanks

N Series (Nuno Bettencourt) / Need finishing advice for N4 project
« on: September 04, 2017, 08:17:02 AM »
Hey guys,

I recently picked up a nice N4 neck+body that was built by a luthier a few months back. The body is mahogany, and a really nice cut of wood. I would have picked alder like the original N4s if I had spec'ed it out, but whatever I always enjoy mahogany. Anyways, I seem to remember reading that the Davies models got 3 coats of tung oil applied with sandpaper. ....but my google foo is failing me and I can't confirm that. I'd like to know what others think about using that as a finish. I like the "wood" look and frankly I don't mind this getting dirty over time - because that's awesome. :) 

My other question is whether I should fill the grain with a darker material to get greater contrast with the grain before applying oil (or whatever you guys recommend). I *think* filling the grain is the way to go, but I would love to hear from others more knowledgeable in N4 lore before I do something I regret.

Any other tips would be much appreciated.


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