#1
Is it really that difficult? What would I use? List of supplies would be helpful. I have a low end Dean the neck isn't laminated. I want to laminate it to make it last, for one I love the guitar and really would prefer it not to break anytime in the future.
#2
I think you have the wrong meaning of laminate in mind.

A laminated neck is a neck made of 2 or more (usually 3 or 5) pieces of wood glued together. Makes the neck look cool and is more stable.
#3
Honestly, you should just oil it. Might look better with it finished with a clear coat, but the friction makes it harder to play. If you oil it, it'll protect it and will make it smooth and play like molten butter.
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Honestly, you should just oil it. Might look better with it finished with a clear coat, but the friction makes it harder to play. If you oil it, it'll protect it and will make it smooth and play like molten butter.

What you said is completely irrelevant to what TS wants (to make his neck stronger). Though he should oil it, oiled necks are SWEET.
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What you said is completely irrelevant to what TS wants (to make his neck stronger). Though he should oil it, oiled necks are SWEET.

oh shoot. Yeah you're right. Then I have no idea how you're gonna laminate it. I originally thought he meant clearcoating the neck.. Aren't a lot of acoustic guitars and floorboards (random XD) laminated? Never seen a laminated neck unless it means like a 3 piece Maple/Walnut/Maple for example.
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#8
so you have a bolt on dean and you want to make a replacement neck out of a laminated blank? I think thats what your trying to say.
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#9
You want a laminated neck on your Dean, eh?
You DO realize that would involve making a completely new neck..

Perhaps you have the wrong meaning of laminate in mind?
In guitarbuilding, a laminate is 3 or more peices of wood glued together, flipped 180 degrees so that the grains oppose each other, and it's adds to overall strength.


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Well, I have no clue what people mean by fast really.

If you want it very smooth, I'd go with a clear coat. If you want the wood grain under your hand, sand and oil.

But fast?

I found that clearcoated necks start to stick if my hands start to sweat.
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#11
I'm sorry if I don't know the proper word for it but i mean sealing the neck so it's not just plain wood against my hand.
#12
What guitar is it? I dont think many low end guitar come with out any finish on the neck. Its probably a satin finish instead of gloss. My strat's neck looks like this (like there is no finish)
#13
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What guitar is it? I dont think many low end guitar come with out any finish on the neck. Its probably a satin finish instead of gloss. My strat's neck looks like this (like there is no finish)

It's a Dean ml
#14
Right, I assume you mean the XM model (came up on google and was cheap). That guitar is bound to have a finish on the neck. It will just be a satin finish, that's all.
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Right, I assume you mean the XM model (came up on google and was cheap). That guitar is bound to have a finish on the neck. It will just be a satin finish, that's all.

Pretty sure there is no finish on it and i don't think it was a xm I bought it off musicans friend Dean ml with matching headstock. I'll put up some pics.
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#17
Ok. Do a test! Put a droplet or two of water onto the neck as we see it in the botton photo. Does it soak in? If not, then there is some kind of laquer/finish on the neck. If it does soak in, then I'm sorry for wasting your time.
#18
dude, it's got a finish on the neck, either satin or clear (finish =/= colored/painted). It should last. And besides, you'll probably end up upgrading later to a different guitar that you find that looks and feels nicer (though that Dean already looks VERY nice )
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dude, it's got a finish on the neck, either satin or clear (finish =/= colored/painted). It should last. And besides, you'll probably end up upgrading later to a different guitar that you find that looks and feels nicer (though that Dean already looks VERY nice )

If you say so man, I just don't want the neck to wear down from constant sliding etc. The guitar cost 250 which really isn't that expensive but still the guitar has a wonderful tone to it. It plays like butter. I'd be pretty heart broken if it broke on me.
#20
Not having a finish on a neck won't make it break

Does the neck feel smooth? Plasticy? or like a sanded down tree limb? Guitar necks ALWAYS tend to have a finish of some kind, otherwise they would get completely filthy in a matter of days and be prone to termites and splintering.
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
Stupid name.
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#22
Sounds like a poor quality satin finish. You could probably lacquer it, or try some oil.

Did you do that water drop test?
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#23
sand it down with extrafine grit sandpaper, like 220, then 300....then get a good quality satin finish on it and apply 4-5 coats.. then smooth it with 1000 grit ... dry then wet... that should give you a pretty good result... dont mark my word there use your common sense to find what grit will give you the result you want... find a random piece of maple and experiment on it before.. youll find a combination thats good for you
#24
I know the quality of those deans. the finish on the neck is a joke. the prep sanding from the factory is also a joke. at least on the one my cousin has. so its a combination of one weak coat of sprayed something over a ruff sanded neck that makes it feel so crappy.
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#25
just leave it alone. nothing finish wise is going to affect the durability. its DEFIANTLY got a finish on it. i really doubt dean would let a guitar leave with no finish, its probably an oil finish.

in close, leave it alone. its fine, play it. dont worry.
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just leave it alone. nothing finish wise is going to affect the durability. its DEFIANTLY got a finish on it. i really doubt dean would let a guitar leave with no finish, its probably an oil finish.

in close, leave it alone. its fine, play it. dont worry.

Sorry, but I have to disagree with this entire post, save for the bolded part.

A neck finish will affect the aesthetic durability of the neck. With no finish or a crap finish, it's gonna wear off after a short time and get filthy in a few days, as someone just said.

And nothing drives me nuts like a poorly finished neck. I'm sure other guitarists feel the same.

I also seriously doubt a low-end Dean has an oil finish. Most low-end guitars I've seen had a satin finish. As you can see in the pics, however, it's definitely NOT an oil finish.
#27
Quote by ohspyro89
Well, I have no clue what people mean by fast really.

If you want it very smooth, I'd go with a clear coat. If you want the wood grain under your hand, sand and oil.

But fast?

fast as in go from the fourth fret to the seventeenth fret with almost no friction. A clearcoat will cause a bit of stickiness because of the gloss and it will slow you down. I mean if you're playing in the same hand position, ok, but it helps going from rhythm to a solo really quick. Less friction and more comfort. I mean, Zakk wylde has a stripped neck, and Alexi Laiho has a stripped neck. Their guitars usually are coated with something or are finished, but they're sigs don't have any coating on the necks except oil. Feels sweet.
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#28
^Wetsanding with some 600-1000 grit will make it feel silky smooth and "fast" too.