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Old 04-29-2012, 02:29 AM   #1
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Silly question about finishing

I scored this neck on ebay. It's a squier bullet neck, but it's got some beautiful wood figuring on it.

If I sand down the front and back of the headstock to remove the finish and logo (which I anticipate to be extremely thin), how much of a risk do I run of ruining the figuring on the neck?
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:52 AM   #2
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Well the figures in the wood, so it shouldn't effect it unless you really sand into the wood, if at all. If you don't sand flat it could change what it looks like but the figure would still be there. Without a finish on it the figure might be less visible though, but if you refinish it, it will show up again.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:36 AM   #3
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is the flame maple the actual neck wood or is it a vineer?

I would be extremely careful if it is a vineer so you don't sand through it.
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:52 PM   #4
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Is the neck shitty? Did Squire do something to deserve having its name ripped of their work? I cant understand when people are like, "man I picked up a great guitar the other day, too bad its a Squire, better sad that shit off." Why?.. So people don't know it was also affordable?
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:25 PM   #5
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Is the neck shitty? Did Squire do something to deserve having its name ripped of their work? I cant understand when people are like, "man I picked up a great guitar the other day, too bad its a Squire, better sad that shit off." Why?.. So people don't know it was also affordable?

You're clearly putting words in my mouth. I'm sanding it down to refinish it to try and give a vintage-y tint to it and probably make a custom logo for it. It's going on a partscaster.

Tis no veneer. I've just never been sure how deep in the wood the figuring is on the wood.


this is the body I'm using. Gonna be routing the body and cutting the guard to fit an HB in the bridge and a single coil in the neck. Planning on putting GFS Filtertron in the bridge and their lipstick tube in the neck.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:28 AM   #6
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You're clearly putting words in my mouth.

Fair enough, it is just something I see all the time..
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:02 AM   #7
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Definitely not a veneer. You can see the grain continues into the truss rod hole. The graining looks consistent throughout. I'd say you won't have to worry about sanding it. The grain will be there throughout the entire neck.
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:37 AM   #8
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Definitely not a veneer. You can see the grain continues into the truss rod hole. The graining looks consistent throughout. I'd say you won't have to worry about sanding it. The grain will be there throughout the entire neck.

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looks a very nice neck actually
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:56 PM   #9
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Nice grab! Amber tint? Also, get better tuners.

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Old 05-02-2012, 12:56 AM   #10
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Sand away! Depending on the type of finish it may or may not be time consuming. Some finishes like nitro really soak into the wood deep. You'll never kill the figure. The grain of the wood itself is wavy. So those stripes are areas of cross grain and end grain. You can change the orientation of the entire grain by sanding away a thin layer.

BUT... the end grain parts are very porous. Thats why when its stained those areas take a deeper color. So after you are finished sanding the pores may be clogged with sawdust and that can choke the figure a little bit. Wipe down the surface with a product called naptha. That will clear out any dust. Let it fully dry then re clear it.
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:39 AM   #11
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So... sand it down, wipe it down with zippo fluid and then finish it?
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:43 AM   #12
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