#1
My 1993 (57'reissue) strat's poly vintage maple neck is extremely sticky!
My left hand, esp the thumb, always get stuck and can't move around smoothly.
This problem is bothering me a lot as it really decreased the playability.
Perhaps it's the gummy dirt, or maybe it's my easily sweaty hands...

However, I did try to use a clean rag damped with warm water
and wipe around the neck in circular motion repeatedly,
then use a dry microfiber + my warm moist breath and wipe it again.
Unfortunately, it seems like it didn't help much,
it's still extremely sticky as it is.

I did some research,
and I don't really want to use sandpaper / steel wool / lemon oil
as it might damage the maple finish.
Right now I'm thinking on getting a "talc bag" from bowling center,
as this may not damage the finish.
Has anyone ever tried this before?

Or does anyone have a better solution for "extremely sticky maple neck"?

Any Reply Would Be Highly Appreciated. THANK YOU. =D
Last edited by Jimmy25 at Jan 22, 2012,
#2
Are you sure it's not a nitro finish? I've never heard of a poly finish getting sticky, unless it's accumulated dirt and grime. Did you try guitar cleaner and guitar polish?
#4
Quote by KG6_Steven
Are you sure it's not a nitro finish? I've never heard of a poly finish getting sticky, unless it's accumulated dirt and grime. Did you try guitar cleaner and guitar polish?


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#5
Quote by KG6_Steven
Are you sure it's not a nitro finish? I've never heard of a poly finish getting sticky, unless it's accumulated dirt and grime. Did you try guitar cleaner and guitar polish?
Glossy poly neck can get sticky. Plus, it's a '93 guitar. A 20 year nitro neck is not going to be sticky anymore, it will more likely be extremely worn in and smooth, but high gloss poly necks can stay sticky for... well, ever.

As long as the neck is glossy, get used to the stickiness. Otherwise, use some steel wool and knock some of the gloss off. Warm water isn't going to help, you're not trying to clean anything off, it's the texture of the finish.
Last edited by al112987 at Jan 22, 2012,
#6
You pretty much covered this issue in your other thread about this.
Either wire wool it or put up with it.
The only alternative that I can think of is that your hands are too damn soft
Get out there and do some manual labour, then your hands will remove all that glossiness from the back of your neck
#7
Don't know if you tried this or not but this what I do when that happens to me.

Take a small bowl put a teaspoon of Dawn dish soap in it with warm water, take a rag soak it in the bowl ring must of the water out but just enough so it's damp.

Then clean the area that is sticky repeat a few times. Then take a clean rag with just warm water wipe it down.

Then Dry with clean rag or hair dryer.
#8
ok.. I guess the only solution for an extremely sticky maple neck
is to consider decreasing the resale value, and besides,
playability is way more important than the look,
as long as it doesn't damage the sound.

Now the only way is probably to take the gloss off and make it a satin finish.
BUT there are three options I got:
steel wool 0000 / 1000 grit sandpaper / scotch-brite pad
any reason why not to use which one or which one is good to use?

and how do I know when to stop when using them?
maybe it's better to just take it to a local tech who set up guitar?
#9
Take the steel wool and LIGHTLY (do not press hard) go over the neck. Mask off or cover your pickups with tape, otherwise little bits of steel wool will get to stuck to the magnets.

Use 0000 steel wool.

Do not fret too much about the resale value of the guitar and you can always buff the finish back to a gloss if you really want to.
Last edited by al112987 at Jan 22, 2012,
#10
Yes. Either the 0000 steel wool option or use very fine sandpaper (800 grit or higher).

I'd recommend 1500 grit, 1000 grit and 800 grit. They're used for car finishes. Soak the paper in soapy water and GENTLY rub up and down, making sure not to get the fingerboard etc too wet. Dry off and run your finger down it and see if you're happy. Worked a treat on my old Fender Jag.

My pictures can be seen in one of the posts of this thread (which may hep you anyway) https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1404126
#11
Quote by RX120D
00 steel wool is the solution. a light brushing is all thats needed


+1. I did this with one of my Strats and it worked great.
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#12
for sure #0000 that is what i do to all of mine. i really would advise the steel wool over sanding, but that's me. to me it feels that you have more control with steel wool. since as you are using you can feel right after it passes, where sanding its easy to go in there too deep unaware (which really shouldn't happen, but i am sure it does happen to some) they are going that deep.
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#13
That "talc bag from the bowling center" you mention would prolly be a rosin bag....something you definitely DON'T want for a sticky neck. Makes a non-slip grip! Try a small bottle of baby powder and use sparingly on the thumb/index finger joint. Think of it like when ya powder up using a pool cue!
#14
Quote by Jimmy25
My 1993 (57'reissue) strat's poly vintage maple neck is extremely sticky!
My left hand, esp the thumb, always get stuck and can't move around smoothly.
This problem is bothering me a lot as it really decreased the playability.
Perhaps it's the gummy dirt, or maybe it's my easily sweaty hands...

However, I did try to use a clean rag damped with warm water
and wipe around the neck in circular motion repeatedly,
then use a dry microfiber + my warm moist breath and wipe it again.
Unfortunately, it seems like it didn't help much,
it's still extremely sticky as it is.

I did some research,
and I don't really want to use sandpaper / steel wool / lemon oil
as it might damage the maple finish.
Right now I'm thinking on getting a "talc bag" from bowling center,
as this may not damage the finish.
Has anyone ever tried this before?

Or does anyone have a better solution for "extremely sticky maple neck"?

Any Reply Would Be Highly Appreciated. THANK YOU. =D


maple finish? dude, thats just a gloss finish on a neck, sand it down with 800, then 1400, then 2000 sandpaper. and wash your hands before you play the guitar.
#15
I have this same issue with my maple neck/fretboard on one of my guitars and some one suggested bore oil. Its basically valve oil for saxes. Just a drop or two before you play and wipe it of when your done. worked for thirty five years for me.
#16
Quote by k.tripoli
I have this same issue with my maple neck/fretboard on one of my guitars and some one suggested bore oil. Its basically valve oil for saxes. Just a drop or two before you play and wipe it of when your done. worked for thirty five years for me.


on a lacquered neck/fretboard oil should be taking anything in as far as oil goes. i believe his is lacquered. if were to have an oiled finish you could re-oil it, so it would work for that.

or are you using it for lube? so your hand slides easier up and down the neck. in that case i would imagine the fretboard getting nasty quick.
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