Finishing rosewood (a guitar neck)
Hello everybody! I'm new here and I need some help with finishing :)
I will hopefully soon have to finish an all rosewood guitar neck and since I haven't done anything like that before (I don't have any experience in finishing - or building guitars for that matter :P ) I am a bit confused.
My first question is whether or not to finish the neck. The reason for not finishing it should be the feeling of the unfinished wood (that is supposed to be amazing). The reason for finishing it should be increased durability, possibility for making the wood darker and also the fact that the unfinished wood may get smelly due to the sweat from the hands (Iím a bit worried about this since my hands often are getting sweaty when playing). Right now Iím lending towards finishing it, what are your opinions?
The problem with rosewood (mine is indian rosewood to be specific) is apparently that the natural oils are making finishing difficult. I've read conflicting statements about how to achieve a good finish despite this. One way is to start with some layers of shellac and then end with varnish and another way is to use oil finishes. Can someone enlighten me? What will work and what will not?
I have added some pictures. One of them shows how the raw wood probably is going to look, another is a gloss finish and finaly there is a not-so-glossy neck. I like the not-so-glossy one the best, but is that even finished? If you have any idea how any of these finishes is made I would be happy to hear about it :)
Thanks in advance!