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drksd4848

USA

May 20th, 2017 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think the general consensus is right on here about not getting too hung up about it. At this point I might as well screw in the tuners, bolt it to the body, string it up, add the string tree, then give it a good strum - see how it goes.

However, I made a bit of an interesting discovery about this last night before bed. I decided to use 0000 steel wool and buff around the tuner holes to take off some of the nitro gloss. Now it has a satin look. The warps/tearing is far less noticeable. However, removing the gloss revealed a series of small stress "cracks" on the surface where the warpage is. BTW warpage is still there, just hard to see.

I will get a pic up here to show what I'm talking about.

Now my question is, if I were to try to fix those "stress cracks" how would I go about doing that? (Obviously seeing the picture would help. That will come tonight). I can tell you right now that the wood is still pretty solid. Seem like it's just the surface.

I figure at this point, why not try to fix it as a learning experience, right?

(This message was last edited by drksd4848 at 05:11 PM, May 20th, 2017)

twangdoodles

michigan usa

May 20th, 2017 03:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nitro eh? Not common for Fenders is it?

If it is nitro the fix can be easy. Get some nitro (undiluted is what I think I used, it's been a while) and apply to the cracks/dents and let dry. Then scrape and sand flat. To make it 100% invisible you'll need to buff it but using all the grits in a MicroMesh set will make it noticeable only if you're really looking for it, especially in your situation.

If you have polyurethane or polyester I think you'd be safe doing the same procedure with CA glue but don't take my word for it as I haven't yet tried it. Don't use CA on nitro, you won't like the results...

drksd4848

USA

May 20th, 2017 08:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OK, one more pic, and then I'm done:

These are the cracks I'm talking about... They are probably on the superficial side of things, but here they are none the less.

BTW, for what it is worth, this is a Musikraft neck.

You guys have been terrific. Thank you for your advice/counseling.

Now I think I'm going to string her up and see how she plays before I make any attempt at fixing anything.

Last one!

(This message was last edited by drksd4848 at 10:54 PM, May 20th, 2017)

catnineblue

LA , Calif

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May 20th, 2017 09:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't see anything at all . I doubt you cracked the maple. Just put the bushings in and the tuners.

It should all be fine and once your done you will forget about all the little things that don't matter.

If you want perfection remember sooner or later if used all guitars have small flaws even new ones do.

DrKev
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Paris, France

It's just a guitar, not rocket science.
May 21st, 2017 03:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"If you were to have an overly big drill bit on a drill press, you're more likely to spin the neck around and hit yourself in the head than break the neck. "

HA! It's funny 'cause it's true!

drksd4848

USA

May 21st, 2017 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Now that would be a picture worth posting. A giant black and blue on my forehead in the shape of a CBS headstock. Or maybe it'll fly through the window as a projectile.

Imagine the claim on my homeowners insurance.

Anyway, I found a way to fix it. Anybody who has superficial damage to the neck should try this method. I took a screwdriver, some screws, a drill, with a set of tuners. Worked like a charm.

Thanks again for all your help.

End result

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May 21st, 2017 03:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ta-daaaaa!

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May 21st, 2017 03:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Awesome.




twangdoodles

michigan usa

May 21st, 2017 10:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sweet! I can't even see those marks anymore.

drksd4848

USA

May 22nd, 2017 08:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'll tell you what, for a gloss fretboard, albeit finished in nitro (I normally play on rosewood) it plays pretty smooth.

Of course, it helps to have a modern radius but I wonder if a nitro neck plays smoother vs a poly neck?

I had a 70s Strat (MIM) a long time ago when I had no idea what I liked in a guitar. Maple neck, with a 7.25 radius and a poly finish. Good gawd! It felt like I was trying to bend suspension bridge cables.

But I was young pup back then. I could probably manage it now because I've become such an awesome player - provided I'm not soloing though an actual chord progression! ;) HA!

Nothin' like forgetting to bend that flat 3rd over a major chord. Clears a room like nobody's business.

(This message was last edited by drksd4848 at 11:04 AM, May 22nd, 2017)

FunkyKikuchiyo

VT

May 22nd, 2017 10:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Of course, it helps to have a modern radius but I wonder if a nitro neck plays smoother vs a poly neck?"

My experience is that the real enemy is a lack of cleanliness. People don't wipe down their instruments enough, and when they do they use a guitar polish that is just too gooey. I'm thinking since this is a newish construction it is still nice and clean. Does that make sense?

The other issue that comes up is orange peel. a poorly sanded finish prior to buffing can be extra grippy, but that is another matter.

drksd4848

USA

May 22nd, 2017 12:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sure does. Which makes those heavy relic fretboards such a joke. Why would want to buy some crappy fake-worn out fretboard when you can have a nice new one that is all clean?

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May 24th, 2017 02:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Maple neck, with a 7.25 radius and a poly finish. Good gawd! It felt like I was trying to bend suspension bridge cables."

My SQ Squier has a 7.25" radius, maple neck with poly finish, less than 2mm action at the 12th fret and will take whole-tone bends without fretting out, is strung with 10's and feels glorious to play. It's all in the skill of the set-up guy. He said, modestly :)

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May 28th, 2017 03:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I see some abrasion around the holes on the front - those will be concealed by the bushings once they are installed. You could sand them out and re-coat, but I wouldn't.

On the back, I see what might be the grain telegraphing through the finish (because the finish is sinking into the grain). No big deal. Wood absorbs finish differently, depending on the grain. You can spray another coat or two on the headstock, but I'd leave it be.

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