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Gibson neck issues.

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by ampegfuzz, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. ampegfuzz


    Feb 13, 2007
    Davenport, IA
    :help: I have a 76 gibson grabber that i love to death. But it seems like every time i go out and play a show it feels like the neck finish is coming off. I know thats "probably" not the case but it feels like little dirt balls form in my fretting hand every time i play the thing. It's not my hands being dirty. I dont know if the finish is coming off or old cleaners/polish like wax(that i didn't put their) are rubbing off. Is their a way of makeing it stop doing that (without sanding)? Or a cleaner that won't build up so the problem does'nt come back?
  2. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    Does it currently have a gloss finish or a satin finish?

    If it's satin, I'd say get a really soft scotchbrite pad and some naptha and wipe it down. If it's a gloss finish, I wouldn't recommend it, as it *could* take some of the gloss off...
  3. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    It's the laquer finish that make that happen. I don't know why, but it does.
  4. SDB Guitars

    SDB Guitars Commercial User

    Jul 2, 2007
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Shawn Ball - Owner, SDB Guitars
    probably just dirt/grime... a good wipedown with a cloth damp w/ naptha would probably help. If not, then a *really* light going over with a 0000 scotchbrite pad damp w/ naptha
  5. ampegfuzz


    Feb 13, 2007
    Davenport, IA
    thats seems a bit harsh. It sounds like it might work but if it ate thru the finish i would have to kill myself.
  6. ehque


    Jan 8, 2006
    Are you sure it isn't dead skin cells and dried sweat? I get that sort of buildup on my basses and have to clean it after practice all the time.


    Aug 22, 2007
    my G3 does the same thing.dude its dirt sweat and chicken grease,just wipe it down after you play.
  8. ampegfuzz


    Feb 13, 2007
    Davenport, IA
    i wipe and i wipe and i wipe!!!!! never stops. il wipe in the middle of a song and it still comes back. its driving me nuts. it will do it even if im not sweating and hands washed. i palyed it last night and i could feel it on their. their has to be something to do.
  9. try cleaning with some alcohol and a wipe it after that, uh?
  10. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    Naptha won't dissolve or mark any finish including nitro so it's safe to use. I'd avoid alcohol though if that's a nitro finish. Alcohol will damage nitro for sure. I don't know what's on that Gibson.
  11. I would say it's sweat from your hands.
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