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Grease from thumb results in black shades on neck

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by ysand, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. ysand


    Mar 26, 2005
    So, the title pretty much sums up the problem.
    I've posted this also in the spector club a while ago, and despite the advice there's still no result. Since i don't want to take it to a tech (and pay..) please tell me some ways to get rid of this. I've tried cleaning it with almost anything!


    edit: I know the pic isn't the best, but you can see what i mean just before the headstock.
  2. Twocan

    Twocan Living the Dream

    Oct 5, 2009
    Start by washing your hands :)
  3. Rocinante_x1

    Rocinante_x1 Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

    Aug 22, 2004
    Washington State
    0000 steel wool.
  4. ysand


    Mar 26, 2005
    Sure, but that's not an option when in a gig is it? ;)
  5. ysand


    Mar 26, 2005
    Won't this damage the satin finish?
  6. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson! Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    I've used steel wool to make a glossy finish duller, like a satin finish; so using it on a satin finish should be just fine. **Just don't overdo it.**
  7. Twocan

    Twocan Living the Dream

    Oct 5, 2009
    I keep a rag/old T-shirt on my guitar stand and constantly wipe my bass in-between songs. It not only protects the finish on your bass, but it will also help your string life.

    if the staining you have has somehow bled through the finish - you're likely out of luck. Bodily fluids have a way of seeping into wood and never coming out.
  8. ysand


    Mar 26, 2005
    That's what i'm afraid of :/
    I'll try the steel wool.
  9. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Every place I gig has a lavatory.

    You can always paint the neck black.
  10. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Denatured alcohol on a cloth. Rub.
  11. goldenglory18


    Nov 30, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Amateur. Take my advice for its resale value.
    welcome to the "I play my bass and it shows" club!
  12. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
  13. ysand


    Mar 26, 2005
    Hmmm, thanx for the tips!

    Hehe yes, but unfortunately i'm a fan of looking-like-new :/
  14. GlennW


    Sep 6, 2006
    GoJo, not to be confused with mojo.
  15. Mojo only applies to Fenders - on everything else it's just damage :ninja:
  16. lethargytartare


    Sep 7, 2004
    Once it's stained...well, I haven't found anything that worked on the Sterling I got in a trade...I was SO pissed too -- beautifully figured maple, but it seems like it's got a light gray haze over it...I scrubbed it down with 0000, and some cleaners, but they only cleaned the surface.

    Proactively, there may be oil finishes that you can put on that don't hamper your playing, but that protect the wood without altering its color.

    You could also experiment with this:


    But I might find a beater to try that out on first...

    If you sweat a lot when playing, then, as others said, wipe down the neck frequently.

    If this becomes a matter of obsession, you can wage war on your sweaty hands:
  17. ysand


    Mar 26, 2005
    Thank you for your help guys!
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