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Graphite neck maintenance?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 95JettaCity, Mar 17, 2004.

  1. 95JettaCity


    Feb 13, 2004
    Las Vegas
    So I just got my Flea 4 and am curious as to what I need to do to the graphite neck and composite fingerboard to keep them in perfect condition? Also what are suggestions as to what I should use on the Alder body? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  2. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    guess I heard wrong. Deleted
  3. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    Modulus warns against using oils and solvents on their all-graphite necks. No offense to Cheezewiz, but WD-40 is a solvent/lubricant-I personally would'nt recommend using it. My owner's manual ( Modulus Quantum-4 w/ all-composite neck) recommends using a slightly damp cloth on the neck. If the neck becomes really dirty, they recommend using a damp cloth & a mild soap. If you wipe your neck down often, a damp rag is all you'll need. For polishing their bodies, they recommend using a good quality auto wax twice a year. For the rest of the time a slighlty damp cloth works fine.

    Congrats on your new bass!
  4. Typically I just use a cloth and wipe it off. Joe Zon says to use Windex if you need to do more than dust it off. A bit of water won't hurt it either. I definitely would not use WD-40, for the reasons that Arthur mentions.
  5. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    i got the Windex recommendation from Joe Z. too.

    works great.

    i THINK Joe had said something about WD40 for the fretboard only.

    i hesitate to go that far. Windex worked fine for both.

  6. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    All I have ever used is a damp cloth on mine. Seems to work just fine for taking any build up off the fretboard that I get, which isn't much. I wipe down my neck and fretboard quite often, though.
  7. berklee46

    berklee46 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2000
    From the Status Graphite Website:

    The phenolic fingerboard on my bass looks grey and has lost it's original black colour :

    The dry look on the fingerboard is where the laminated phenolic material is actually 'drying' out a little. It is often caused by being cleaned with a water or solvent based polish which can take the natural 'oils' out of the board.
    You can fix this very easily by cleaning the fingerboard with a very small amount of oil. Something as simple as WD40 is fine.
    Use a soft cotton cloth and wipe a VERY small amount of oil on the fingerboard and rub it in.... then clean it all off again leaving just a trace which has 'soaked' into the surface. This will bring back the dark colour of the board.

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