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Should I Sand the back of my Bass Neck?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Gabu, Sep 15, 2001.

  1. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    I am preparing to play some tuneage on Sunday... I want to use my Steinbereger Spirit, but some of the tunes require frequent position changes which is making me realise just how slow the action on my painted neck is.

    Sanding the back of the neck would be a bit ugly... seeing as how it's a neck through and all the same color as the body... but it would seem to me to be more functional.

    Any thoughts, tips or warnings would be appreciated!
  2. You could try to polish the back.. transparant & slick
  3. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    hmm i wouldn't do that. Sanding the back of the neck never works out like you'd like it to. Stingray's have about the fastest neck ever but they aren't really sanded, they're waxed. IF i were you i'd get sum of that fast fret. The old bassist for my band used to spray that stuff all over his neck everytime b4 he played. We all made fun of him, but he was fast. I assume that would work well. I'm not exactly sure what polishing the back of the back would do but i think AllodoX might have sumthing there. Well good luck.
  4. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    I have a Mim Strat with a satin finish neck I was not happy with it (my basses have waxed or natural finish) I got one of those paint stripper rags and GENTLY rubbed the back until I was happy.

    Be careful
  5. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    If you decide to sand, it isn't necessary to completely remove the finish to get a 'satin' feel. I occasionally use 600 grit wet-or-dry paper (dry) on lacquered necks, just enough to remove the shine. Clean with a damp, almost dry cloth diaper, and viola, 'satin'... Eventually friction and body funk work out the light scratches and bring the shine back to the neck, IME anyway...

  6. pretty much the same as waxing..
    i did about the same to my EDC..

    i have a bottle of Teflon, which i canned from a previous employer ( :rolleyes: ).

    I just squirt a little Teflon on a piece of clean cloth, rub the back of my bass' neck with it. then i leave my bass for 5 mins, and rub the neck firmly with a piece of clean, dry cloth. my bass has a little layer of teflon on it's neck, which is VERY slick.

    After each rehearsal i just take a piece of cloth, and gently rub any greace /dust/fingerprints/whatever off my bass' neck and it stays fast for about 6 months.
  7. What kind of effect would this have on future refinishing though? Some lubricants have a way of getting down into the wood and not going away for love, money, or high grade solvents. Makes it a bitch to repaint.
  8. Hmm.. my bass has a painted neck, so i doubt the wood will suck the teflon in..
  9. Comakazi


    May 3, 2001
    Midwest US
    I did sand the back of my Fender Jazz naeck...and I have to say it worked perfectly. I didn't take it all the way off, though, I just used some very fine grit paper and gently rubbed and rubbed and rubbed until it was the feel I wanted.
    Now it smooth as silk -- no drag at all.
  10. So THATS what having a fast neck means. I thought it had to do with action and string guage and tension, I never thought about friction.

    I use some very fine steel wool, and the neck feels like... um... something really really smooth. Polished oiled nice warm ice, maybe.
  11. I play in really small crappy bars with crappy AC. I've never had any trouble with being able to get around the neck fast enough.
  12. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i suggest you olive oil
  13. <b>Comakazi said...</b>

    <font color="#0000ff">I did sand the back of my Fender Jazz naeck...and I have to say it worked perfectly. I didn't take it all the way off, though, I just used some very fine grit paper and gently rubbed and rubbed and rubbed until it was the feel I wanted. Now it smooth as silk -- no drag at all.</font>


    I used to use a product called Tone Finger Ease. I just did a web search for it and found out they still make the stuff - amazing. Last time I used it was about 300 years ago. Got tired of spraying the neck with goop and sanded a year-old maple p-bass neck down to the wood back about 1976. Fast as hell but skin oils eventually turned the back of the neck a lovely shade of green. It still played okay but looked a little funky.

    My unsolicited advice? Satin finishes are pretty cool. Unfinished necks get an unsightly green tinge to them eventually.

    Funny - I can't see the green stuff oozing out of my hands but I know it's there.


  14. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Gabu -

    Why not do like the Rickenbacker guys do, and use Meguairs' (sp?) No. 5 on the neck? I supposedly makes the neck s-m-o-o-t-h and fast, and won't frig up your refinishing job down the road.

    I'm waiting for my bottle to come in at the NAPA. All my basses have painted necks.
  15. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    What I did was...

    *drum roll*

    Nothing! I just played with it like that. But thanks for your tips I am going to go to guitar center and look for one of those "slick" polishes.

    Thanks very much for all the help. :)

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