I had the same problem with a Gibson SG "faded cherry" six string guitar that I bought used.
The neck felt sticky, and no amount of cleaning would make it feel right.
I thought the finish was defective, and I did some research on it, and I found that some peoples body chemistry is not compatible with nitrocellulose lacquer finishes. Thier perspiration actually dissolves the finish.
I used these :http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...8&site=ROCKLER
I started with the finest grit, and found it was too fine. I ended up using the coarsest grit, and it gave excellent results.
I have since found these to be useful for taking deep scratches out of the finish on other instruments.
The finest grit will give a mirror finish, and they have not shown any wear after a lot of use.
Dip the pad in a tub of water as you use them to keep them from loading up, and keep them wet as you work.