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I'm stripping my bass, what should I apply for a natural finish?

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So my Stingray could do with a paint strip due to some unsightly knocks and dents taken over the years and I'm going to leave it natural. It's a sunburst body, so I can see the grain through the finish and it looks good. 
My friend has the tools/space to help me do it, but I'm looking for advice on what to coat/seal the wood with after the finish has been removed?
I've included 2 pics below for the kind of colouring I'd like to go for. Any advice/brands/products would be greatly appreciated! 
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1 minute ago, gary mac said:

Tru Oil would be my choice. Fairly easy to apply, looks and feels good.  

This stuff? I'm looking for something that won't add any/too much colour to the natural colour of the wood. I'm guessing from the name (compared to their other oils) that this will be suitable?

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Yes, that's it. It very slightly darkens over time. Just trying to find some pics of my P bass build that I finished with tru oil.

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2 minutes ago, gary mac said:

Yes, that's it. It very slightly darkens over time. Just trying to find some pics of my P bass build that I finished with tru oil.

Sounds good.  little bit of darkening wouldn't go amiss, the bass has a maple neck which, along with the headstock, have naturally darkened ever so slightly in the 10 years I've owned it, so I wouldn't want the body to look too fresh/sandy anyway :)

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1 minute ago, gary mac said:

A couple of pics. 

Looks great! Did you strip the body first yourself as well?

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59 minutes ago, gary mac said:

The body was made for me by @gsgbass It's a piece of light weight swamp ash.

Ah nice, it's a little bit lighter than what I'm aiming to go for to be quite honest (the pics I posted are a bit more 'golden'). My ray's body is Ash

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Tru-oil would also  my choice, you potentially could use Danish oil or others too. Thin coats and patience.

Nitro-Cellulose clear coat (very thinly applied) may also be another option.

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Another +1 for Tru-Oil.  I stripped a Bass a few years ago and did it in tru-oil and it worked a treat.

Really easy to apply (literally rub on with a cloth).  Let dry, rub gently with steel wool & re-coat, repeat until you're happy with how much it shines.                                                                               

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I've had good results with the Crimson Guitars finishing oil. From what I remember, they reverse engineered Tru-Oil and tweaked it a bit for guitar purposes. I forget the details.

I'm not affiliated by the way, I just find it to work pretty well, and it's good that there are lots of demonstrations on their youtube channel.

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Gun Oil on amazon is very similar and I have also had good results as well, darkens it slightly, does a great job

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Key is sanding to a high grit level, first 2-3 coats you can dilute with mineral spirits and sand it in, then apply neat let dry and buff

patience is the key

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I did an Ibanez with boiled linseed oil, dead easy and has a hard finish.

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