Stratabond Laminated Hardwoods are manufactured by Rutland Plywood in Vermont, USA and are designed for top performance while offering flexibility in design. At the heart of Stratabond is a proprietary lamination process that creates an unusually powerful bond; a bond that makes for endurance and beauty in finished products. We selected this state-of-the-art engineered hardwood for our guitar necks because it yields uncommon strength and rigidity across ever changing environmental conditions. The Stratabond wood is perfect for a guitar necks as regular necks can be susceptible to expansion and contraction due to varying humidity levels. The FG-500’s Stratabond birch neck eliminates any worries of twisting or cracking and will provide very consistent performance for years to come.
How to refinish the neck:
The Stratabond neck does have the ability to be sanded and refinished, if wanted or needed. This will also address any cosmetic surface cracks or irregularities that might naturally occur.
Use a boiled linseed oil that is 'clear', and mix with 1 to 2 with paint thinner. A suggested stain color is Birchwood Casey - Walnut Water Based.
If you are trying to keep a satin look, used the oil more sparingly.
Use Behlen Naphtha Solvent and 0000 steel wool to remove any waxes or oils on the very top layer. This will make the stain readily acceptable to a point as the neck has stain throughout all areas of the wood. After the stain dries use the linseed oil to finish it off. On every step be careful not to get anything on the fretboard.