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    Default Shaving the back of a neck(on a guitar)

    I just got a Highway 1 Strat and I`d like to shave the back of the neck so it`s got that natural wood feel like a Wolfgang . Anyone know how to go about it ? I`m assuming it`s best to take the neck off the guitar ?

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    Default Re: Shaving the back of a neck(on a guitar)

    use lots of shaving cream! lol


    but seriously, dont do to much of it, and make sure its smooth.
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    Default Re: Shaving the back of a neck(on a guitar)

    Quote Originally Posted by xerxes
    use lots of shaving cream! lol


    but seriously, dont do to much of it, and make sure its smooth.
    I said on a guitar

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    Default Re: Shaving the back of a neck(on a guitar)

    I used varying grades of sandpaper for mine, from 160 grit to get through the finish, and working upwards until 600 grit. Finished with lemon oil.

    You'd have to take the neck off the guitar. Any place you want to preserve the original finish, tape it off! I've got a couple of scratches on my headstock due to accidents when I was handling the sandpaper.
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    Default Re: Shaving the back of a neck(on a guitar)

    Quote Originally Posted by 51501984
    I just got a Highway 1 Strat and I`d like to shave the back of the neck so it`s got that natural wood feel like a Wolfgang . Anyone know how to go about it ? I`m assuming it`s best to take the neck off the guitar ?

    Thanks!

    I used medium grit paper first to remove the finish,then extra fine then 0000 steel wool. i also do not like any finish on my neck cause it makes it feel like i am playin on plastic
    you have to use the steel wool on it from time to time cuase it gets a grainy feelin,to clean it i use rubbing alcohol

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    Default Re: Shaving the back of a neck(on a guitar)

    Why don't you buy a neck reasonably cheaply (e-bay?) and also the tuners and then shave or sand that down with the various grades of sandpaper to what you want and put that in the strat. That way you don't do any damage to the guitar/neck, should you ever wish to sell it or revert back to the original neck if you overdo the sanding .

    Alternatively see if you can get from Warmoth or from one of the other suppliers.

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    Default Re: Shaving the back of a neck(on a guitar)

    Thinking about it Warmoth might be a great idea! Their necks will bolt in to your guitar, you can get any neck shape that you like (v neck, boat neck, fat back), and get it unfinished! then you need to pick up some gunstock oil (linseed) and gunstock wax. This will give you that great unfinished feel, yet preserve your neck (It's what Music Man guitars are prepared with)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaknight
    Thinking about it Warmoth might be a great idea! Their necks will bolt in to your guitar, you can get any neck shape that you like (v neck, boat neck, fat back), and get it unfinished! then you need to pick up some gunstock oil (linseed) and gunstock wax. This will give you that great unfinished feel, yet preserve your neck (It's what Music Man guitars are prepared with)
    any idea where to buy the gunstock oil and wax?

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    Default Re: Shaving the back of a neck(on a guitar)

    Quote Originally Posted by telerifik
    any idea where to buy the gunstock oil and wax?
    Here are the directions on what to do (look at how do I clean and maintain my neck?):
    http://www.ernieball.com/faq_mmguitar.php

    here is the website where you can get it:
    http://www.birchwoodcasey.com/sport/

    You want to get both "Tru-Oil gunstock finish" which is what you will use on a regular basis (smells nice too!) and Gunstock Wax (which is applied after you put on the oil). The best way i found to get to these on their website is to click on the "product catalog" link at the top and then type in "wax" or "tru-oil". I bought both of these about 4 mo after I got my MM guitar, and am only about 1/3 of the way through them now. Even though with shipping it costs like $16, it lasts a long long time.
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    Default Re: Shaving the back of a neck(on a guitar)

    I've thought about sanding the finish off the neck of one of my Les Pauls, because it gets a real sticky feel to it. However, I've heard that some kind of neck finish is necessary to prevent warpage. Is this true?
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    Default Re: Shaving the back of a neck(on a guitar)

    Hey Junkie,
    If your LP neck is getting sticky, try cleaning it with Naphta (lighter fluid). It should remove any buildup that makes it sticky. And it is always a good idea to have the wood sealed to some degree. At least tounge oil. Regarding sanding the neck. I used a scraper first to pull of as much of the finsih as fast as I could, and then started sanding using 200 working my way up to 2000. Then applying a light coat of oil, or finish of your choice.
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    Default Re: Shaving the back of a neck(on a guitar)

    Quote Originally Posted by 51501984
    I said on a guitar

    the first sentance i couldnt resist. the next one though i was serious.
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    Default Re: Shaving the back of a neck(on a guitar)

    just remember, if you shave the neck and hit the truss rod, you've gone too far

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3 cent hero
    just remember, if you shave the neck and hit the truss rod, you've gone too far
    That's what's called a Thin Thin neck

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    Default Re: Shaving the back of a neck(on a guitar)

    if you just want a smooth neck, use a green plastic pan scourer on the back of the neck. because the plastic dosent remove any wood, just the varish, the results are smooth, to say the least

    this isnt just something ive read. i do it to all my guitars

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    Quote Originally Posted by Imp
    use a green plastic pan scourer on the back of the neck
    hm, can you tell me what this is? lol

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    According to Zakk Wyldes Tech on the web site .. or he used to have it on a FAQ part of the site, he used a straight razor and scrapped off the necks for Zakk.. Sounds like it would work.. I'd tape off the the edge of the neck and very gengerly sand it with some really fine sand paper, but beware that your neck may warp I think if it gets wet or humid, etc.. The only necks I've seen that don't are wolfgang necks, but they have a Carbon Rod in them for this puprose.. I think Fender should include this in their necks as does Peavey.. I know Carvin does on their bolt on necks, and I do believe they do on their neck thru's.. I'm thinking that I might in the future by a neck thru from Carvin because of this.. as I personally believe it helps with sustain and resonance since it takes some of the string pressure off the neck ..
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    Default Re: Shaving the back of a neck(on a guitar)

    Are you sure Warmoth will ship an unfinished neck?

    I thought I read on their site (At one point in time...) that they wouldn't due to the unpredictable climactic conditions a neck will travel thanks to Brown.

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    I think they say they will now, but they warn that it cancels the warrenty! Get a Carvin neck! They have one that has the Carbon Rod in it.. It won't do the prezel thing..hehehe.. Not that warmoth would.. I hear they are great necks although I've not had one.. I did have a killer alder one piece body from them though! They were great to deal with!

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    Default Re: Shaving the back of a neck(on a guitar)

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken
    Are you sure Warmoth will ship an unfinished neck?

    I thought I read on their site (At one point in time...) that they wouldn't due to the unpredictable climactic conditions a neck will travel thanks to Brown.
    They will ship an unfinished neck, but unless you finish it yourself once you get it, the warranty is void. Tung oil doesn't count as a finish.

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