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Refinishing a neck?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by i_got_a_mohawk, May 5, 2010.

  1. Just a quick, and probably pretty simple one for you guys.

    Ever since I started playing a Stingray, varnished necks just feel tacky and nowhere near at nice.

    I'm getting an el-cheapo P-bass in the next couple of weeks, I'm assuming it's going to have the standard slapped on varnish that they all seem to have.

    Is it pretty simple to get it to a Stingray like finish?

    I'm guessing it's a case of a lot of sanding then oiling the neck (gun stock oil I believe?).

    Anyone have any tips or done this before?
  2. Rocky McD

    Rocky McD

    Jun 28, 2005
    San Antonio, Texas
    Why do you think it will be varnished? Most necks are poly finished.
  3. Well, the poly finish then :p
  4. Rocky McD

    Rocky McD

    Jun 28, 2005
    San Antonio, Texas
    Have you tried sanding down the necks that feel sticky? There is no reason for a poly neck to be sticky unless it is very dirty. A high gloss finish does not let your hand slide easily. Many players just sand the gloss off of the neck and are very happy.
  5. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Try just taking 0000 steel wool to it, you will probably be satisfied with that.
  6. I'll try just sanding it and see how it goes.

    Was just really looking for something similar in feel to the EB's.

    Cheers :)

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