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post Apr 7 2010, 09:47 AM
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Hey guys,

Despite my strat being a wonderful instrument im finding the neck finish a pain in the backside! Most of my other guitars have oiled or extremely thin satin finishes that feel great in the hand but my strat has a nitrocellulose finish, whilst this is a great finish in terms of resonance it really clags up in the hand and totally outs me off playing it, I thought i could wear it in but it still feels like theres a ton of it on there. Ive tried a good guitar polish but the sticky feeling comes back after an hour or so playing.
Ive spoken to a local luthier who said he can refinish the entire neck but it will need refretting as the finish is applied under the frets, this seems a little extreme to me so I was just wondering if anyone on here has any other tips for getting a more woody feel to the neck without destorying a fifteen hundred quid guitar laugh.gif

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post Apr 7 2010, 10:09 AM
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you want to use a very fine wire wool 0000 grade or even 00000

you want to just kiss it not scrub away like a mad man. although it will leave a different colour on the headstock.

what a lot of the guys do is put 4 or 5 layers tru oil on it, very lightly wire wool it then buff.

head over to www.reranch.com and go on the discussion board if you want more help, its a really friendly forum and the guys have real skills and are more than happy to help.

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post Apr 7 2010, 12:03 PM
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Cheers kieran, heading there now!
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post Apr 7 2010, 01:35 PM
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Can't add much more than Kierans suggestion mate!
Personally I'd just take the existing finish right back to wood and oil it or even spend a bit of time and Shellac finish it.
You won't 'ruin' the Guitar and if it comes that you want to sell it I'd suggest buying another neck with it's original finish still in place and just swapping them.
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post Apr 7 2010, 03:20 PM
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my strat got the finish removed from the neck years ago, the best decision i ever made in my life biggrin.gif biggrin.gif biggrin.gif
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post Apr 7 2010, 03:26 PM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Apr 7 2010, 01:35 PM) *
Can't add much more than Kierans suggestion mate!
Personally I'd just take the existing finish right back to wood and oil it or even spend a bit of time and Shellac finish it.
You won't 'ruin' the Guitar and if it comes that you want to sell it I'd suggest buying another neck with it's original finish still in place and just swapping them.
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Not a bad idea actually...

Who does decent necks? other than warmoth I dont really know any, will they be a straight replacement, dont want any machining/sanding etc.
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post Apr 7 2010, 05:41 PM
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Warmoth make some really nice kit, there was a guy who left warmoth and set up his own company.
usacustomguitars.com I think. they havent got the range or the fancy tops but they do great strat/tele replacemnt necks and bodies.
there are some guys on ebay but I wouldn't trust them...
Stick to one of the above is my advice...
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post Apr 7 2010, 06:25 PM
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I really have to dig into this stuff. Never used these kind of products


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QUOTE (sted @ Apr 7 2010, 03:26 PM) *
Not a bad idea actually...

Who does decent necks? other than warmoth I dont really know any, will they be a straight replacement, dont want any machining/sanding etc.

Apart from Warmoth? (Although I do recommend their products!!)
Well, keep an eye on eBay for original Fender Necks, there are always some Fender 'Licensed' ones available which are of the same, if not better quality than the Fender ones!!
Another possibility, order one from the Custom Shop. All depends on how much you want to spend really mate!!
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, im gonna try some 00000 grade wool on the neck first and if that doesnt do it I'll prbably get it refinished properly.
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That would be mu decision too mate. Let us know how it went smile.gif


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post Apr 12 2010, 11:28 AM
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Neck Update:

Got some fine grade 0000 wool and gave it a good going over, not too rough but purposeful, I was right and there was a ton of that nitro on there. Ive got it right down to the tint now so the neck doesnt look any different (Maybe a little duller) but it feels a million times better, restrung with some D'Addario 10's and its like a new guitar, we'll see how it stands up before I go any further, should start to relic up nicely now too!

Thanks for the tips guys!
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post Apr 13 2010, 11:50 PM
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Good news man! You made a good decision and I'm glad it worked out well for you and guitar is more comfortable to play! smile.gif

Yeah it will relic nicely, I love that look! smile.gif

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Neck Update:

Got some fine grade 0000 wool and gave it a good going over, not too rough but purposeful, I was right and there was a ton of that nitro on there. Ive got it right down to the tint now so the neck doesnt look any different (Maybe a little duller) but it feels a million times better, restrung with some D'Addario 10's and its like a new guitar, we'll see how it stands up before I go any further, should start to relic up nicely now too!

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