Go Back   TalkBass Forums > Bass Guitar Forums > Bass Guitar Forums > Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]
Register Rules/FAQ/CUP Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Supporting Membership
Thank You

Latest Supporting Member
Donate to Upgrade Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 01-01-2014, 01:19 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Alabama
Rickenbacker Neck Grabby & Sticky

I have a Rickenbacker bass that I bought 5 years ago and periodicaly drag out because I love the tone however I get discouraged and quickly place her back under the bed. My issue is the glossy painted back of the neck is "grabby" and makes play very slow and "sticky".
I need advice on how to best smooth, clean and speed up the neck. Should I use steel wool, sandpaper, compound or chemical to take care of my problem.
Thanks for the help.
  #2  
Old 01-01-2014, 02:07 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
I've found playing the hell out of mine has made it considerably easier to play.

It could be that my playing has unconsciously adjusted to it, or the use has worn it in, or some combination of the two.
  #3  
Old 01-01-2014, 02:18 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Some players opt for scuffing the surface of the neck with a Scotchbrite pad in order to make it slicker. Haven't tried it myself.
  #4  
Old 01-01-2014, 03:48 PM
Immigrant's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: West of Stumptown, USA
Supporting Member
Please don't take a Scotchbrite pad to the painted surface of your Ric. Use polish or even car wax (not rubbing compound) on it, and as already advised, play it more.

Scotchbrite is swell on a clear poly finished neck (like a lot of Fenders come).
  #5  
Old 01-01-2014, 04:06 PM
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Micro-mesh abrasive pads. I bought a Gibson SG, and the nitro finish on the neck was sticky, due to the previous owner having a body chemistry that dissolves nitro. No amount of cleaning would remove the stickiness. I bought a set of these from Rockler woodworking supply co.
http://www.stewmac.com/shopby/item/3...FTRo7Aod-SIAgQ

I ended up having to use the coarsest grit, and I had to remove a lot of the very thin finish to make the instrument playable. The finest grit will leave a glass-like finish, and I have used these to remove deep scratches from a poly finish, and ended up with a very nice shine. Rinse them in a tub of water as you use them to keep them from loading up. They don't wear out very quickly.
  #6  
Old 01-01-2014, 04:13 PM
Registered User

Bass Technician, Club Bass - Toronto
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Toronto Canada
A little talc on the hands is very effective.
__________________
Instrument Technician, Toronto
  #7  
Old 01-01-2014, 06:43 PM
Ric5's Avatar
Supporting Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Colorado
Supporting Member
Try waxing or polishing first before you try something that will damage the finish.
__________________
Clubs - 5 String, Black and Maple, Rickenbacker
Jeff Rath's web site http://www.3dentourage.com/425
Older basses are not better, they are just older.
  #8  
Old 01-01-2014, 08:01 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Alabama
Thanks guys, I just ordered a set of Micro Mesh Pads and while waiting on the order I will buff her down with car wax. Also, since I've never used my Ricki in a gig I have questions about how she works! I understand standard is only ONE p/u while Ric-O-Sound is stereo and only way to get both p/u-s; that sound right? If so, can I use a stereo 1/4" to mon 1/4" cable and get both neck and bridge in play?
Sorry to ask so many DUMB questions but this forum is AWESOME and helpful!
  #9  
Old 01-02-2014, 09:38 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: NY
1000 grit, 1500, 2000 then 2500 grit sand paper. Your neck will be super smooth AND not sticky.
  #10  
Old 01-03-2014, 09:27 AM
Captain Bob's Avatar
Supporting Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Nashville area
Supporting Member
The new Zymol GBC# polish (a bit pricey) works incredibly well, and stays on the surface for a long while. I would think this will give you what you're looking for on the neck. I know the current issue Bass Gear magazine has an ad with a 25% discount code.
I don't have it with me at the moment.
  #11  
Old 01-03-2014, 02:39 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: maryland
Quote:
Originally Posted by mgivens78 View Post
Also, since I've never used my Ricki in a gig I have questions about how she works! I understand standard is only ONE p/u while Ric-O-Sound is stereo and only way to get both p/u-s; that sound right? If so, can I use a stereo 1/4" to mon 1/4" cable and get both neck and bridge in play?
page 5

http://www.rickenbacker.com/pdfs/manual.pdf
  #12  
Old 01-03-2014, 04:55 PM
tangentmusic's Avatar
A figment of our exaggeration
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Way Out West
Supporting Member
Quote:
Originally Posted by Turnaround View Post
A little talc on the hands is very effective.
Bingo... my thought exactly. A little Jeff Beck action.
Don't scuff up the back of your Ric with anything!
__________________
Check out our album on vinyl!: http://braveryofbirds.bandcamp.com/a...e-time-element
  #13  
Old 01-04-2014, 05:31 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by pfox14 View Post
Some players opt for scuffing the surface of the neck with a Scotchbrite pad in order to make it slicker. Haven't tried it myself.
If it is a bass you'll be playing lots, this is a MUST Do IMO. I do this to ALL my basses & guitars. Makes them slicker & smoother than an oiled woody!!!
Best to use a green scuff pad. You can get them at the grocery store. In the cleaning section. Just go slowly, till all the shine is gone, and follow up with a quick coat of GUITAR polish.
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Visit TalkBass on Facebook   Download our iOS app   Download our Android app

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:10 PM.




2012 Talk Music Group Inc. All rights reserved.
Play guitar too? Visit TalkGuitar.com
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.12
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.