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Old 10-06-2012, 01:36 PM   #1
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A question to maple board Fender players

Hey folks,

A pretty quick question here. I like Fenders, and maple fretboards are cool. But I hate the feel of the gloss coating Fender put on the maple fretboards, to the point where it doesnt feel so nice playing it. But I have only ever played them when they are new and fresh. After a while, with heavy playing, does the gloss coat wear and begin to feel less shiny and plastic, or does it stay like it forever?

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Old 10-06-2012, 02:34 PM   #2
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My tele has the aged maple neck and the clear coat has worn down to a comfortable playability for me. It's a couple years old though, so I'm not sure how long it took exactly.
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:40 PM   #3
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I'm no connoisseur of maple fretboarded guitars, but to what I've played in guitar shops, the G&L strats/teles seem to have less of the gloss on the fretboard than the Fenders
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Old 10-06-2012, 02:50 PM   #4
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It wears down relatively quickly, though the rate'll lower after a few months. Used ones will have a head start on that, if you don't mind it.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:00 PM   #5
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I've had my American Standard since 1st January 2012, and the gloss finish hasn't changed at all. It seems it will stay glossy for several years. And I play it every day.
You can try to sand the finish with fine sanding paper so it is satin.

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Old 10-06-2012, 03:47 PM   #6
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Sanding down a gloss finish won't make it a satin finish you know ^

Um, on my tele, it seems to be wearing down, and it gets played regularly.

I'd say a good routine of playing for maybe 8 months or so should be gin to wear it. it will also depend on how you play and the acidity of your sweat.

EDIT: Just called up a buddy who's a hardcore fender player.

He said it takes anywhere from 6 months to 3 years to start to get it wear down.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:54 PM   #7
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Thanks for the answers. Much appreciated.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:15 PM   #8
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I've had my jimmie vaughan strat for about 5 years and the coating on the fretboard has worn away pretty significantly, especially where I bend a lot between the 3rd and 15th fret. Any lower and its mostly chords and any higher and the heavy strings I use don't really let my fingers touch the board.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:41 PM   #9
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I've had my Squier CV Telecaster for almost two years and although the fretboard still looks pretty shiny it doesn't feel sticky like it did when I first got it. I play it pretty frequently and I never clean the neck after playing so that may've helped.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:19 AM   #10
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I second the used idea. Not only do you get the gloss issue at least partially solved, you get a price break! I love the maple neck on my tele, the aged look gives it a bit of character and I find the fender maple neck to be fast and comfortable. Used MIM teles and strats are easy enough to find and extremely inexpensive, even at major dealers, due to the high volume of them out there. This is at least the case in the U.S., though I'm not sure about the U.K. if that's where you're at.
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Old 10-07-2012, 02:45 AM   #11
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i have had a lot of fenders that have been bought and sold, at least 10, from the one i have now (1995) and up to 2009. different years the seem to do different things as far as the glossy finish on the fretboard. i have had some that looked like new and the fingerboard is different. from what i have found is that the mid 90's made some of the best MIM's.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:17 AM   #12
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I've had mine for a couple of years now but the fret board is as good as new. Not sure how long it'll take to wear in tbh.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:19 AM   #13
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:25 PM   #14
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Sanding down a gloss finish won't make it a satin finish you know

It won't, but the neck certainly will not feel so sticky

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I'd say a good routine of playing for maybe 8 months or so should be gin to wear it. it will also depend on how you play and the acidity of your sweat.

How does that matter?
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:50 PM   #15
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Acid sweat eat trough finish faster. The finish on my Schecters neck is definately thiner now then when I bought it. And it also rust your strings faster. TS, my advice is: Bend a lot. Should help.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:00 PM   #16
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Hm, didn't know that. I thought the finish wears down only because of constant contact with a moving hand and the sweat doesn't affrct it.
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