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If I sand all the paint off the body of my Electric Guitar will it just be natural wood underneath? Answered

I recently bought a beat up Stratocaster copy. I want just a nice natural wood finish. Will it be natural wood underneath all the paint if I sand it?

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Ross

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Toby RobbBest Answer (author)2012-04-13

Mine was, it was a horrible yellow, with lots of chips. I took most of the gear off it before I sanded it clean. It was a one piece maple body. I sealed it with just some oil, although it was a bit slippery at first. It did change the sound a bit because the body was dry initially, them the oil made it a bit wetter and denser. I'm not too good at guitar so no difference for me! Anyway it looks better than bright yellow...

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gmoon (author)2012-04-14

Wood of some kind, in all probability.

Just don't expect it to be a single piece. It's probably several pieces in a composite. So they may not be "matched" pieces. If that matters...

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Burf (author)2012-04-13

It should be wood but it may not be a visually aesthetic piece. It could have knotholes, patches, irregular grain and other filled imperfections.

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frollard (author)2012-04-13

should be -- just recently watched a 'how stratocasters are made' video - and its a wood shell covered in a lot of paint and laquer; it may have soaked a bit deep into the wood if it was stained, so sanding it down might need to take quite a bit off.

Just make sure you seal it up afterwards. Probably best to remove the electronics and neck while you sand.

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