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Old Yesterday, 04:52 PM   #1
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Question Maple guitar neck lacquer wear?

Hi all,
I have a 2010 Mexican strat, with a suuuper glossy lacquered maple neck.
I was wondering if there were any way to speed up the aging process of the fretboard (and possibly the back too..) so that it beared down to the wood faster, through the means of playing it.

Any suggestions?
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Old Yesterday, 05:36 PM   #2
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Grab some sandpaper and get going! Start on the back with a fine grain so you get an idea of how the finish wears down.
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You can go for the relic look, in which case some pics of the real deal would help to get it right, or you can strip it down completely and go for the bare wood thing as in the Music Man Albert Lee. I would go for the latter as I'm not into fake relics, and I would likely pull the frets to make doing the fretboard easier. That, however, needs specialist fretboard pliers.

If you go for relic, rubbing dirt and oil into the bare wood would help the look.
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I was sort of after a way of playing it down a little more naturally? Almost in a 'careless' way. Ie would doing something like dousing my fingers in oiley dirty achohol before playing make the fretboard wear down quicker?
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Old Yesterday, 08:03 PM   #5
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I was sort of after a way of playing it down a little more naturally? Almost in a 'careless' way. Ie would doing something like dousing my fingers in oiley dirty achohol before playing make the fretboard wear down quicker?


Modern UV-cured poly is tough stuff, I think you will have to do something a bit more drastic than that. The Jeff Beck look might have been easier back then due to softer finishes that wore more quickly. If you just want that kind of relic look, I would do it with a scraper, fine abrasive paper and steel wool. It shouldn't be too difficult with a little care.

What you could do to find your personal wear points is cover the fretboard in something like whiteboard marker or water paints and see how you wear it off with your normal playing style.
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