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how can I make the back of my neck slicker?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Skips, Jul 5, 2004.


  1. Skips

    Skips

    Feb 19, 2003
    I have a kramer aluminum neck with walnut (I think) inserts that were stained with Minwax Dark Walnut stain. It's really hard to play fast on this bass because my thumb will not slide across the back. What can I do?
     
  2. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Fast fret or FingerEase along the back of the neck can do wonders.
     
  3. PasdaBeer

    PasdaBeer

    Nov 2, 2002
    Santa Rosa California
    SandStorm Designs
    +1 on the fast fret.


    also could try a poly coat on top....the minwax stuff really doesnt leave a very smooth finish alot, could try a urathane type coating, or a tungoil type of thing
     
  4. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
  5. Skips

    Skips

    Feb 19, 2003
    will that stick to the metal?
     
  6. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Dont know I sold my kramer back in '80-'81......t
     
  7. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Have your girlfriend put KY Jelly on it ???
     
  8. Skips

    Skips

    Feb 19, 2003

    :D
    Good idea...
     
  9. Selta

    Selta

    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    I actually had a similar situation with an Ibanez I had...I tired putting things on it...after awhile I got ticked off, took everything off (mmm sandpaper) clear down to the bare wood. I didn't have time to finish it before a gig I had, so I took it as-is and played it....still haven't put anything on it.
    Ray
     
  10. rdhbass

    rdhbass

    Jun 28, 2003
    Springfield, mo
    Do like Jaco Pastorius and eat chicken and get the grease all over your fingers. He made his strings slick this way and I bet it'd work on the back of your neck. Or the KY jelly option is good.
     
  11. PasdaBeer

    PasdaBeer

    Nov 2, 2002
    Santa Rosa California
    SandStorm Designs

    the sign someone doesnt use much KY with there woman : P

    it gets sticky to quick, go with astroglide.
     
  12. McHack

    McHack

    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    Astroglide > KY
     
  13. bassmanatlarge

    bassmanatlarge

    Jan 30, 2003
    Sand the glaze off the finish with some 400 or 600 grit sandpaper...like they do with pool cues.