Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Not yet, Feb 17, 2014.
What's the proper way to care for a Nitro neck? First one
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What type of bass? What type of wood? What type of fretboard? What type of finishes?
Very, very few fretboards are finished in Nitro lacquer.
I'm having a nitro neck made by warmoth (3a birdseye all the way) and I was wondering the same thing. Its on P Bass body with a Stingray pup.
I'm curious too. I might have a nitro Fender reissue neck headed my way.
Nitro lacquer is not a tough finish and is not suited for a fretboard. Light colored wood such as Maple will soon become discolored because the finish wears of quickly. The fretboard should be finished in a clear poly and the rest of the neck can be Nitro.
Rosewood fretboard, back of neck basically unfinished... It's a Nash
Just make sure that any guitar stands or wall hangers are nitro safe. Out gassing foam can damage the finish. Also, try to avoid taking it from a cold environment to a hot one, so the finish doesn't crack.
Every maple fretboard on a nitro finished neck is finished in nitro.
Wipe it off after playing.
Avoid contact with reactive materials i.e. plastics, latex, some other synthetics.
If leaving on a stand, use a cloth or fur buffer at the contact points.
Shift it in the stand every day or two to be sure.
Better yet, play it every day.
The choice to wax or not wax is yours. If you like the feel, go for it. If not, don't.
Thanks. Any oils or other care recommended?
Let it get nasty. That's why you get a nitro finish.
Nitro is a complete finish. Oils (BLO, tung, mineral aka "lemon" etc) are finishes. There is no reason to combine finishes.
NO OILS. All the can do is darken the wood, and they are never necessary.
Thanks for reply... So for the neck, just wipe off after gigs, that it? Body don't care, but need neck to stay fast
Nitro looks great and ages well (meaning it wears out fast but in a cool way) BUT it feels crappy on the back of a neck and has a tendency to feel sticky. Gibson guitar polish is the best I've found to bring back a slick feeling to glossy nitro but you have to use it quite frequently. Personally, I prefer to sand the back of glossy necks to a smooth satin.
You are over thinking this. Nitro is a hard shell finish and doesn't really require any special care. Just use common sense, and don't bang it around. If it gets dirty clean it with a damp cloth. You don't need any special polishes or oils.
So, in response to the idea of sanding down the gloss nitro neck to satin, what grit? Sandpaer or fine steel wool? Mine's a '13 gibson TBird. The gloss is pretty but has a certain stickiness to it even when clean. But I notice after an hour of playing I get gummy sections, almost like a reaction with my skin oils. Seems like it occurs mostly along the joint between the neck and rosewood fingerboard. Is that a real thing, and will a satin finish help?
De-glossed nitro finishes tend to gloss back up with playing. On my '57 RI P-bass I knocked down the gloss a couple of times with 000 steel wool but eventually stripped the finish off completely and oiled the neck.
Some painters tape and a gray scotch-brite pad is the easiest and fastest way to knock the gloss off. Steel wool and 400+ grit sandpaper are too fine for this particular job and the neck will quickly burnish back into a gloss finish.
Here's a video:
I've always used #0000 steel wool to de-gloss a neck. It works great. Just make sure you put tape over anything magnetic of you'll have little metal shavings stuck to it.
Next time I plan on trying a scotch brite pad.
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