Got Tired of my Sticky Neck !

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Fender4Me, Jul 14, 2020.

  1. Fender4Me

    Fender4Me The Undertaker

    For the past year or so, the lacquer on the back of the neck on my 1983 '62 P bass has been deteriorating to the point that when I would play, it would become so gummy and sticky that it was a hindrance. I had cleaned it numerous times with Naptha to no avail. I decided to remove the lacquer in the playing area and refinish it with Tru Oil. I sanded it down to raw wood which only took a few minutes, applied a stain that was a mixture of amber and dark walnut to give it some age, and applied 5 light coats of Tru Oil with my hands. I gently finished it off with a light scrub with 0000 steel wool. It feels so good now! No stickiness and, Im happy with the way it looks. Im sure some would disagree but, I stood all I could stand with the stickiness. What do you guys think?

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  2. dwizum


    Dec 21, 2018
    Looks good! Sticky lacquer is about the worst feeling.

    Only 5 coats of tru oil might wear through pretty quick, but the good news is it's easy to apply more if that bugs you.
  3. GitmoMango


    Sep 5, 2019
    Throw some gunstock wax on there. Give it the Ernie Ball treatment.

    Nice bass. That’s my birth year bass. More pics?
  4. Lysdestic


    Feb 23, 2007
    I've done the same thing to two of my basses and have been extremely pleased with the results!
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  5. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
  6. Fender4Me

    Fender4Me The Undertaker

    Here you go. Its one of the first Fullerton re-issues. Just a beast of a bass in every way.

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  7. Fender4Me

    Fender4Me The Undertaker

    I wasnt sure how much oil to use so I went easy with it knowing I can add more later. I scuffed with steel wool between each coat too. Is there a suggested number of coat for the neck?
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  8. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    I do it to all glossy neck Fenders.
  9. Fender4Me

    Fender4Me The Undertaker

    How does the Tru Oil do if you just apply it to a finished neck? Maybe scuff it good? The oil did blend in well with the existing lacquer on my neck at the peghead and heel.
  10. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Honestly, a couple coats is more than enough. That is all Ernie Ball does. You'll feel when the neck needs a new coat, usually 1-2 years for me. I linked the thread where I discuss my methods.

    You did a great job. The stain looks good and is a nice touch for a vintage bass. The fresh wood would be too much.

    Removing A Neck Finish
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  11. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    Just a comment.

    If you are fed up with cleaning the residue if the steel wool, use a Scotch brite pad instead. They come in diffent grits, and theres alot less clean up

  12. Fender4Me

    Fender4Me The Undertaker

    I agree and would normally have used a gray Scotchbrite pad but, its such a beating to get in and out of my Home Depot that I decided to use what I had.
  13. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Nice! I take sandpaper to EVERY glossy neck. I even did it to a black painted neck.
  14. Hey,.... whatever works!
    It's a tool... make the tool comfortable to use!
  15. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Great looking bass.
    I think that's a good fix. I'd do it. I have removed the lacquer on one of my older Fenders. It feels good in my opinion and seems faster. Hint, it's that one on the left. Feels like silk.
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  16. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Defo a beast!
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  17. FronTowardEnemy

    FronTowardEnemy It is better to go unnoticed, than to suck Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Chicago Illinois
    Looks killer.
  18. Ruknrole

    Ruknrole Professional Amateur

    Sep 21, 2018
    That looks great! What stains did you use?
  19. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014

    I did the same to an old Ibanez Roadstar in high school. It felt great when I was done!

    These days, glossy necks don't get on my nerves that much. And I just can't imagine taking the sandpaper to a gorgeous thru-body... just don't think I could bring myself to do it.

  20. Fender4Me

    Fender4Me The Undertaker

    I used the trans tint dyes from Stew Mac. Vintage amber and Dark walnut mixed with water.

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