I had to doctor up the photo to get the background tints to match up best I could, but it represents what it really looks like before and after. Here is the 1964 Telecaster with neck before aging (left) and after aging (right).
As you can see, it matches the guitar body way better now. Keep in mind, this is a WD neck and all it has on it is a sealer or thin coat of finish, so the lamps only had a microlayer to fight through. A thicker gloss coat would have been harder, taken more time, but ultimately could have been done. I left the label on the heal of the guitar, during the whole process. I pealed it off to show you in an earlier post, after just a day of again, but this is after 5 days.
Clearly, we picked up a lot of color. More importantly, it is NATURAL COLOR. I can’t stand tinted necks, they looks as fake as the people on the beach using bronzer in a bottle. Aging them with Solacure lamps IS a natural way to do it because we are essentially taking the sun and putting it into a tube. We just do it much faster, but the result is exactly the same.
The headstock looks nice and warm now. I got in a rush and just used paper towel to mask off the fretboard, which appears to not work very well. The nut is aged out quite a bit in most places, but I should be able to buff that out pretty easily. Or I could leave it aged, it certainly won’t hurt anything. Kind of proves the point that the SG-1-40 will age just about anything, even when under-powered. There is zero doubt that aging the neck of a darker instrument makes it look better, not so plastic-like. A little patience, and you could do this with a rig with as few as 2 lamps, although 4 is better, and you can use an off the shelf $20 light fixture to do it with. It is that easy.
So now I need to go ahead and put on a coat of finish, after I apply a label on the headstock (still debating that one) and we will have a very good looking neck for the 1964 Tele project. Oh, and just click any image for a closeup view.