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Old 09-02-2013, 09:03 PM   #1
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Removing neck headstock labels * need some ideas

This is not major, but I recently purchased a 1962 Fender Telecaster
2005 MIJapan Reissue with the stock Bigsby Tremolo. Very cool.

A good thing is that I purchased it off of a pro custom guitar upgrade shop and
they added a new/better licensed Fender neck with all the neck trimmings.

But, that shop put their personal name lable on the front and back
headstock sections. Their label is transparent plastic which will
not allow for my remover to seep in and soak up the glue underneath.

I have tried picking at that darn label, but seems useless.

Plus, the labels are stuck to the overcoat gloss.

Anybody know a good way to get stubborn labels off of glossy guitar necks?

Thanks.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:12 PM   #2
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I've had decent luck with some steel wool I had lying around, although the finish I was using it on was more satiny than the gloss of yours. I'd try a fine steel wool, gently working at it. You can use some extremely fine sandpaper on it to gloss it back up if it dulls the finish where you were using the steel wool.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:18 PM   #3
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MIJ fenders are great, and so are the necks, why did the shop change it?

I hope you did not pay a lot for it, I would not have. I would have my doubts it is genuine at all honestly.

The label is under the clear-coat of the guitar
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:57 PM   #4
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If youre gonna re-clear coat it.. use paint thinner to bring up some of the clear , and the use a plastic razor to crape the logo off. If the label is a sticker use Goof-Off to get the adhesive off and you wont have any disoloration of where the label was.
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have you considered calling the shop to see how they put on their logo on?
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:27 PM   #6
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Heat gun(or use your moms hair dryer if you haven't a proper garage full of tools)
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:21 PM   #7
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MIJ fenders are great, and so are the necks, why did the shop change it? I hope you did not pay a lot for it, I would not have. I would have my doubts it is genuine at all honestly. The label is under the clear-coat of the guitar



Rob, thanks. The lable is "over on tip" of the finish,
as I've slightly "one millionth of an inch" scraped a tiny bit.
Just do not want to ruin the finish.

Bought as is, and I like it. Maybe the guitar builder
had a bad neck, but it is a licensed Fender neck.
Maybe the original neck was undiserable.

Generally, I've got every sticker off every item.
Never recalled one I could not conquer.
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:23 PM   #8
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Heat gun(or use your moms hair dryer if you haven't a proper garage full of tools)


Outstanding!!!
I own two shrink-wrap heat guns.
Will give it a shot and report back.
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:28 PM   #9
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have you considered calling the shop to see how they put on their logo on?


Considered. But the owner is a jerk who had an attitude,
difficulty explaining the Hoagland Brothers wiring harness
and his custom four-way switching setup.

I'm sure this label is plastic ~ not penetrable using liquids.
I'll try the brillo pad to a level to see if that helps.
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:46 PM   #10
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Outstanding!!!
I own two shrink-wrap heat guns.
Will give it a shot and report back.
Thanks

That might work, but be careful not to burn the finish by holding it in one place, keep the heat-gun moving
Also get the plastic razor blades to help remove it without marring the finish
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:58 PM   #11
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Oh no, he's crossed over.

What's better about the neck?
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Old 09-04-2013, 12:19 AM   #12
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Oh no, he's crossed over. What's better about the neck?


Don't know except for radius differences.
My Telecaster came with an added newer licensed neck.
Part of the many upgrades is the custom neck
which is a Fender licensed special order 12" radius:
* Fender custom made Flame Maple Neck with 12" Radius
* Dot Position Inlays
* 21 Fret Rosewood Fingerboard

Seems the 12" radius is the big deal compared
to typical 7" to 9" Telecaster radius'.

Anyway, more interested it the darn sticker removal.
Gotta try out these great suggestions.
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