Burnishing a rosewood neck?

J.D.ROOST

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I just picked up a Rosewood Warmoth neck (all Rosewood).
The back feels a bit "woodsy" on my palm.
It almost feels dry and grainy in spots.
I have had great success burnishing my roasted maple neck (it's like glass) and wondered if I could use the same technique on Rosewood?
Does it change the color any if I can burnish it?
Worried it will lighten it up as I am not going to burnish the back of the headstock obviously.
Should I maybe dry some sort of oil 1st?
My 1st non maple neck...sorry for the newbie questions.
Thanks in advance for any help/advice.
 

ragamuffin

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Yes you can burnish rosewood! In my experience neck woods will look slightly darker once burnished, not lighter. If you feel the need to oil I would use a very light application of mineral oil.
 

J.D.ROOST

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ragamuffin said:
Yes you can burnish rosewood! In my experience neck woods will look slightly darker once burnished, not lighter. If you feel the need to oil I would use a very light application of mineral oil.
Great!
Looks like move and sandpaper time this weekend.
Appreciate it.
 

J.D.ROOST

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Turned out amazing. started with 600 and worked my way up to 3000. Tip for those that do a rosewood neck...I was getting serious discoloring and powder like dust until I got to the 1000+ grit paper. I just kept wiping it down in between grit. Was seriously concerned I messed up the neck until that point.
 

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