Why do some neck woods not need finishing?

David

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I am curious as to why woods like canary don't need finishing but others like maple do.  What is different about carnary, bubinga, ebony, etc.?

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chuck7

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From what I understand it is because those woods contain enough natural oils that they are not susceptible to warping or twisting from moisture exposure. 
 

tfarny

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Doesn't it also have to do with the hardness of the wood? I know that rosewood and ebony in particular are super-hard and also don't need a finish (but then again so is maple).
 

jackthehack

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tfarny said:
Doesn't it also have to do with the hardness of the wood? I know that rosewood and ebony in particular are super-hard and also don't need a finish (but then again so is maple).

Density doesn't really matter; it's how impervious the wood is to moisture absorbtion which is a function of natural oil content and cellular structure.
 
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