#1
Hi guys. Just a quick question. How would I go about making my guitas neck smoother /slipperier, as in being able to slide my hand down the guitar neck faster and easier without it gripping and catching? The guitar is Gibson Les Paul. Cheers
#2
What you could do is rub with a scotch brite pad (green). That'll satinize the finish and make the neck feel a lot smoother. Fine steel wool (0000) is also an option, but be sure to cover up your pickups when using that.
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#3
^ What he said or wet sanding with 2000 grit sandpaper works well too. Just enough to take the gloss off.
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#4
I would use the super high grit sandpaper. Doesn't necessarily have to be wet. Just lightly sand it, you're not trying to take any finish off or anything.
I would never let steel wool of any size near one of my guitars. Too much trouble.
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#6
I was talking to my luthier about this the other day, he mentioned washing your hands before you play does wonders. And are you guys sure the other methods don't damage the guitar any? Id love to speed up my neck but my luthier seemed hesitant when I mentioned the scotch brite pads
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#7
Just spray some finger ease on there and be done with it. Wash your hands, too.

I've never even thought about about steel wool or scotch brite and absolutely never, ever would recommend something that drastic.

Edit- If I can take paint off the wall with a scotch brite, I'm keeping that away from my guitars.

PLUS, I'd like to ask before any debates might occur:

TS, how often do you clean your neck and fretboard?

Do you have extra sweaty hands?
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#8
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A "tubescreamer" is a person paid by a guitarist to stand behind the amp and scream at the tubes. This terrifies the tubes into overdriving and delivers a thick, harmonic-rich tone.


This is a great quote, by the way.
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#9
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Just spray some finger ease on there and be done with it. Wash your hands, too.

I've never even thought about about steel wool or scotch brite and absolutely never, ever would recommend something that drastic.

Edit- If I can take paint off the wall with a scotch brite, I'm keeping that away from my guitars.

You don't put your back into it. I hold the neck in my hands with the steel wool between my hand and neck like I'm going to play and I just run my hands up and down the neck 15-20 times. It removes the gloss of the neck. If you remove paint, you probably should have turned off the porn before starting. All you should be doing is VERY light pressure.
#10
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You don't put your back into it. I hold the neck in my hands with the steel wool between my hand and neck like I'm going to play and I just run my hands up and down the neck 15-20 times. It removes the gloss of the neck. If you remove paint, you probably should have turned off the porn before starting. All you should be doing is VERY light pressure.

Yeah, I meant to state that I wouldn't be putting nearly the same amount of pressure into the guitar as a dirty wall. lol
#11
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Yeah, I meant to state that I wouldn't be putting nearly the same amount of pressure into the guitar as a dirty wall. lol

To be completely honest, my absolute favorite neck is a maple neck with the finish dulled, and then played sweaty. It creates the softest neck I have ever felt.
#12
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To be completely honest, my absolute favorite neck is a maple neck with the finish dulled, and then played sweaty. It creates the softest neck I have ever felt.


No, that's just Gary Moore's sweat channeling into your hands.

I think my sweat has the opposite reaction. I don't know, the problem with me is that my hands are ALWAYS sweaty. It really sucks.
#13
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I was talking to my luthier about this the other day, he mentioned waging your hands before you play does wonders. And are you guys sure the other methods don't damage the guitar any? Id love to speed up my neck but my luthier seemed hesitant when I mentioned the scotch brite pads


It won't damage the guitar. It just takes the shine off whatever finish is on the back of the neck. I know guys who do it to nitro/poly finished necks on ESPs and the like. I've done it to my Ibanez necks. Feels like really smooth sanded wood. I would definitely try 2000 sandpaper before steel wool though.
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#14
0000 steel wool requires a lot of effort to take the finish off. You'll literally only be taken the shine off. Any decent luthier should know that this is the accepted cure to this issue.

Or you could try:

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This is a great quote, by the way.

Right! It's just so beautifully worded. It's like Shakespeare that I enjoy reading.

And good about the not damaging it, I may try it on my ESP. My Bc Rich had an unfinished neck and I definatly prefer that
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Right! It's just so beautifully worded. It's like Shakespeare that I enjoy reading.

And good about the not damaging it, I may try it on my ESP. My Bc Rich had an unfinished neck and I definatly prefer that


My Ibanez SR1600 has an unfinished Wenge neck.... :drool:
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My Ibanez SR1600 has an unfinished Wenge neck.... :drool:

Maple neck with a natural satin finish
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Right! It's just so beautifully worded. It's like Shakespeare that I enjoy reading.


Eh?
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#20
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Just a question regarding satinising. If I have a satin finish neck, it it only few hours of playing (maybe six) before it goes shiny. How about you? Also, if I tried to keep it satin with abrasive, how long do you think it would be before I wore through the finish?

Mine may get shiny, i never really noticed if it did or not because it didn't affect my playing any. And ive never used abrasive on it so i couldnt tell you that either. sorry man
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#21
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Mine may get shiny, i never really noticed if it did or not because it didn't affect my playing any. And ive never used abrasive on it so i couldnt tell you that either. sorry man


Yeah doesn't bother me either. I play a couple of 30s acoustics whose neck finish has turned mostly to sticky slime, so everything else feels relatively pleasant.
#22
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Yeah doesn't bother me either. I play a couple of 30s acoustics whose neck finish has turned mostly to sticky slime, so everything else feels relatively pleasant.

i bet. I bought my Rich used and had it for 3 years and never used abrasive on it and it still has a great neck, i would just leave it alone. its not like its a poly/nitro gloss. Maybe wipe it down with a wet wash cloth and dry it off to remove some oils but i wouldnt screw with it otherwise. JMO
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