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Old 08.08.03, 11:09 AM
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Sanding Guitar Necks?

I notice when I play both my LP and my strat for an extended period of time, my hand sticks to the back of the neck, and kind of drags when changing positions.

I know this would destroy any re-sale value, but what would I use to sand down the neck to give it more of a satin finish? I was thinking steel wool followed by some extremely fine grit wet sanding, then oiling the neck over and over.

any ideas?
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Old 08.08.03, 11:23 AM
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Note: An unfinished neck will absorb yout sweat and make the neck prone to warp.

I like a sanded down neck too!

For a bang-up job check out Refinishing 101 - it for bodis but it the same princilple for a neck @

http://www.reranch.com/
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Old 08.08.03, 11:32 AM
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Maybe I should buy a squire tele as a test platform before I put any tools to my black american beauties.
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I'm guessing both of your guitars have a lacquer finish on the neck? How old are they? I know I've seen some guys use like a talc or powder to put on their hands to keep them gliding along the neck. For future guitar purchases, once you've played a tung oiled neck, there's no going back.
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I bought both guitars new over the last 2 years. I'm not sure what fender is using to finish the neck on the american standards right now.

I never even knew about tung oiled necks until I played some beat up old SG variant of a friends. The finish on the neck was tore up, so he sanded it down and oiled the hell out of it. I was in love immediately.


I'll be hitting the pawn shops this weekend to look for something cheap to practice on and decide if I want to attempt it on my Strat first (I'm not sure if I want to keep the LP Jr).
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Cool Sanded neck

Gentlemen,

Before doing this, please note that if you own a newer guitar (say 1997+) there is a strong possibility that the finish is polyester. This coating became a "given" after 2000 in most factories. In example, a PRS finish (after several times of going over the body searching for flaws) uses lacquer, then the final is a "wash-coat" of polyester clear. This stuff is likely to be the hardest finish on the planet in use finish uses. Again in example, I refinished a strat. 2001. I "washed" the body in stripper for two days. Didn't touch it. I sanded for a while.

So, tape your fret board and try using 1200 grit wet sanding. Move up to 1500. Then, use Eagle One polish an buff twice. Please note, that you will need to do this regularly, once a month.
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