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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Sanding/smoothing gritty satin neck



Thank God for guitars!
Sep 17th, 2017 10:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

Picked up an early new Squier Strat for 25$, and finished off the fret ends. Now I want to smooth out the back of the neck as the satin finish feels pretty grainy. I'm looking for advice on the process I should use.

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Sep 17th, 2017 11:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use 0000 Steel Wool.

Taking the neck off keeps the particles from being attracted to your pickups.

Sandpaper also works.

For $25 give 'er hell.

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American-made in Oz!!
Sep 18th, 2017 02:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

I use 3M Scotch-Brite pads (or synthetic "steel wool" pads).

IIRC, the green Scotch-Brite pads are about 400 grit. The different Scotch-Brite colours are varying "scouring" levels, but the range here in AUS is limited, so I buy a brand called Bear-Tex abrasive pads for other levels.

You don't get any steel particles, just dust.
And they don't "scratch" like sandpaper can.

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Getting old is not for sissies!
Sep 18th, 2017 07:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've also used 0000 steel wool with good results. I masked the pups with painter's tape to prevent particles from clinging.

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New Jersey

I'm back with the otters again
Sep 18th, 2017 08:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

If you just play the guitar often, the neck will eventually begin to feel worn in.



Thank God for guitars!
Sep 18th, 2017 06:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

wrnchbndr, I have many satin finished necks on guitars, including a MIM fat-strat. This one is particularly gritty and it just doesn't feel right. It will take far more time than I plan to spend on this particular axe to get it worn down. From what I can gather, it's an Asian market Squier; full body thickness; el cheapo pups/switch/wiring, but the pickguard is a sweet tri-layer pearl white. I will be probably buying a different loaded pickguard off of Amazon. I just haven't decided what exactly I want to buy.



Thank God for guitars!
Oct 8th, 2017 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

0000 Steel Wool did the trick. Took me longer to take the neck off and mask the fretboard and headstock thank the 5 minutes to hit it with the steel wool. Now on to the neck pocket to get that cleaned up a bit. There’s some non flatness at the back side of the pocket

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