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FDP Forum / Fender Custom Shop / Sticky Laquor Strat?



Oct 10th, 2012 02:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

My favourite, no.1 go to strat - that has beaten dozens of other nice strats in head-to-head comparisons over the years - is a 1999 CS NOS '56 reissue with Fralin Real '54s in.

It's a great guitar, the one piece ash body is light and sings, and the birdseye neck is beautiful. I bought it new and it was the first serious guitar (over £200) I ever bought.

I have one issue with it though - probably not soething I would ever dare try to do anything about it but I thought I'd ask if anyone else has experienced this...

The laquor in the neck is quite thick and sticky. It affects the playability, I believe - particularly compounded by the vintage (small) frets... there's a lot of drag.

Anyone else found the laquor on the neck of CS strats too thick and sticky? Anyone done anything about it?

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Oct 10th, 2012 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nitro cellulose can feel sticky, especially when new. This usually improves as it ages and gets played often. Body chemistry plays a part here too, and some players are affected by it more than others.
Poly, on the other hand, usually feels smoother and faster.
Some people lightly sand or wire wool, or scotchbrite the back of the neck, and of course you'll find heavy Relics with much of the finish removed!
I wouldn't want to do that to my CS guitars, but I do regularly wipe the neck with a microfibre cloth, and that seems to make it feel slicker! I know that when you first rub with that cloth it is very sticky, but it improves the more you polish!


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Oct 10th, 2012 11:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

You can even use mothers car polish on it to clean and condition as the finish is just like that applied to cars years ago.


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Oct 10th, 2012 09:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow, 12 years is long time for it to be still sticky. I have a 2001 NOS '56 strat that was initially sticky but has since cured nicely. Do you live near the Ocean or in another high humidity area? Mine seemed kind sticky when it was humid until it finally cured.

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Feb 23rd, 2013 06:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here is a link to another thread which will give you the fix. I did this to my sticky nitro neck Custom Shop Strat and it worked like a charm.


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Feb 23rd, 2013 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ha! Funny you mentioned Beatlefan - I did see that before, and just put 2 and 2 together... and I came on to find that thread to re-read and couldn't find it. But I found you'd commented and linked it! Thanks!

Funny to read that it's not just me and that there is a solution! I was beginning to think I was just being fussy.. but particularly with the vintage style frets, the neck/fretboard is a bit of a fight!

What was your strat neck like?

I have no idea what naptha wipe and carnauba wax are but I will google and try to find a source here in the UK!

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Feb 23rd, 2013 08:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

naptha is lighter fluid, just use a clean rag to wipe down your neck with it. Carnuba is a natural wax with no solvents in it to break down the nitro.



Feb 25th, 2013 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Is the carnuba wax step necessary?

And would you advise just the back of the neck or is it appropriate for the fretboard too?


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Mar 2nd, 2013 12:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sure, if you have a lacquered maple fretboard. Use a cotton cloth with a few drops of lighter fluid and scrub lightly.

The carnauba wax is usually required, because it protects the lacquer from the chemical reaction between the finish and your body chemistry.

Body chemistry is the big reason some players literally dissolve the finishes and/or corrode the metal parts on their guitars, and some players can play a guitar for years, and it remains almost pristine. You may be one of the accursed ones :o)



Mar 4th, 2013 07:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cool, thanks Peegoo! :D

So get some ordinary lighter fluid and lightly rub the neck and fretboard... Then buy Carnauba wax (as below?), soften it, and buff it in.

this one ok?

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Mar 4th, 2013 12:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Joe, I also have a very sticky nitro neck (1986 maple). But the Dunlop, guitar accessory Co. sells a product called "Body Gloss 65" its Cream of Carnauba in a 4 oz. bottle and is carried in some music stores -sorry I don't have a link. You just wipe a little on and let it dry and then buff with a soft cloth.



Mar 6th, 2013 03:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

oooh I already have a 4oz bottle of D'Andrea Guitar Polish. It was a gift maybe 15 years ago and I've not touched it! It just says it has natural waxes in it and that it seals wood... do you think that will do?! No full ingredients unfortunately.

(This message was last edited by talk_2_joe at 05:58 PM, Mar 6th, 2013)

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