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    Hi all,

    After trying different sustain blocks in different guitars Iím hooked. They really do add depth. On my newest block upgrade I found that the bigger block hits the body and forces the back of the bridge up. Iím considering taking the dremel and taking a little wood away so the bridge sits parallel to the body.

    If I go ahead, do I need to finish where I removed wood? The body is alder.

    Thanks all

  • #2
    Re: Finish required?

    Alder is pretty stable wood, so I don't think you'd have to finish it.
    Dave, Ambassador/Writer/Artist for Seymour Duncan

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    • #3
      Re: Finish required?

      I don't have any finish on 4 of my guitars and they haven't blown up yet.
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      • #4
        Re: Finish required?

        Originally posted by Clint 55 View Post
        I don't have any finish on 4 of my guitars and they haven't blown up yet.
        Better keep them dry & clean.
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        • #5
          Re: Finish required?

          So don't jump in the lake or a garbage dump with them? Ok ya I think I'm good.
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          • #6
            Re: Finish required?

            To me, rubbing the surface with some oil one would use for unfinished necks sounds like a good enough solution. Maybe I should've formulated it as a question though...

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            • #7
              Re: Finish required?

              It’s fine. People have had unfinished routs in guitar bodies for decades with no problems.

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              • #8
                Re: Finish required?

                When we are talking about an area where the trem posts or screws around an area where hardware stability is needed. I can see some compromise in structural integrity. where you just exposed an area to humidity and more risk with the wood pores cracking/separating as a result. Not by a whole lot, but it's a remote possibility. Very very remote.

                I would think about mixing some epoxy to smear over where you buzzed away. Just to give me piece of mind. It shouldn't take long if you use a 5 minute set.

                In a matter of likelyhood, you're probably fine. But in my paranoid mind, I would need additional assurance..

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                • #9
                  Re: Finish required?

                  A tiny bit of unfinished wood like that won't make any difference at all.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Finish required?

                    you dont need a finish on a guitar but you will get sweat and grime in the wood. doesnt hurt anything, or at least hasnt on my esquire over the past 10+ years but it sure dont look pretty

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