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Bubbalou



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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Nov 28th, 2017 04:35 PM        

I like many things about this guitar but one thing I wish it had a smoother backside of the neck. I am not looking for a smooth glossy neck but a little smoother feel . Any suggestions or thoughts welcome



reverendrob

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Nov 28th, 2017 04:51 PM        

If it's the blowout faded model, buff and polish the ever-loving snot out of the back of the neck!<br />



Hammond101

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Nov 28th, 2017 04:53 PM        

^^This^^<br /> <br /> A little 0000 steel wool first then buff her out.



Bubbalou



USA

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Nov 28th, 2017 06:01 PM        

Thanks guys. It is a 2016 Faded model. Don’t want any snot in my guitar so I will give your ideas a try



Mick Reid

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Nov 28th, 2017 11:32 PM        

Scotch-Brite pad instead of steel wool.<br /> <br /> No fine steel debris to get stuck to your pickups.<br /> I think the gray ones are 0000 equivalent. <br />



Bubbalou



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Nov 29th, 2017 06:55 PM        

Thanks Mick, good thought



stratcowboy

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Nov 29th, 2017 08:59 PM        

Yeah...scotch-brite works great for lots of things. And a lot less messy...



archiestone

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Nov 30th, 2017 12:15 PM        

3M 'Finesse-It' finishing polish can also help reduce friction and give you a slicker surface.



Bubbalou



USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Nov 30th, 2017 06:41 PM        

I used Scotch Brite no scratch pad with Dr. Ducks Axe Wax. UCB better. archiestone, I will definitely try 3M ‘Finesse-It. Thanks



Bubbalou



USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Dec 1st, 2017 11:52 AM        

Found some very good strings recommended by 2 guitarists for the SG. D'Addario NYXL .010-.046<br /> They sound good, feel good,very balanced and quickly come to retain their tuning.<br /> <br /> Judging by a D'Addario demo video a guitarist (at the dismay of Mr. D'Addario who told him "your not allowed do that" the guy pulled way up on his vibrato to the point it was very high pitched and it came back to tuned position. Not once but twice. That creeped me out as I expected the string to literally "explode" from the guitar so with that I am going to try a set on an Ibanez with a whammy bar so we'll see, however I will not be using it out of normal parameters.<br />



BrentD

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Dec 2nd, 2017 04:23 PM        

Just play it! It'll shine up. I've owned at least three faded Gibsons, and they all glossed up over time.



Bubbalou



USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Dec 3rd, 2017 09:04 PM        

Thanks BrentD ;)<br /> It wasn't the fact it wasn't glossy but that from the 1st thru the 5th Fret area on the back of the neck was rough feeling. Scotch Brite pad and Dr. Ducks Axe Wax did the trick.



BrentD

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Dec 3rd, 2017 09:23 PM        

So it felt like it wasn't fully sanded? Glad you got it worked out, I just haven't heard of that before on these.



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Dec 4th, 2017 02:48 PM        

It's more like an open-pore feel because these are down-market models with reduced finish work: they are not grain-filled, leveled, wet sanded and polished like the super glossy (mo'spensive) models. <br /> <br /> They get sanded with 220, stained, and then a few thin coats of clear lacquer--and out the door they go. I've seen orange peel on some of these. <br /> <br /> If you've handled one of the Faded Series SGs, LP Juniors, Flying Vs, or Explorers, you'll be familiar with the surface feel.<br /> <br /> The cool thing is if you like the slick glossy feel on a guitar, you can remove the hardware, apply several coats of clear nitro, and level and sand it to obtain a mirror-like surface.



Bubbalou



USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Dec 4th, 2017 04:23 PM        

What Peegoo said hits the nail on the head. I wouldn’t know how to spray nitro except using a spray can. Is that viable?



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Dec 4th, 2017 04:47 PM        

A spray can is totally doable. I bought a Les Paul Standard Faded about 10 years ago and did just what Mr. Peegoo said. I stripped off the hardware, sprayed several coats of clear, wet sanded it and sprayed some more. It could have came out a little better if I sanded more. The devil is always in the details.



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Dec 4th, 2017 05:41 PM        

Very cool. The number one rule to always remember about applying a finish on a guitar is this:<br /> <br /> 1. There are no shortcuts.<br /> <br /> This means you have to take your time, be patient, and don't try to speed things forward. Pay attention to the smallest detail because when a finish gets polished the little insignificant issue becomes a large detail. <br /> <br /> Work cleanly. <br /> <br /> Sand lightly and very carefully, especially over corners, because the sandpaper will burn through the finish to the wood in the blink of an eye.<br /> <br /> If you rush the job, you will later regret not taking that extra week or three to do it properly.



Bubbalou



USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Dec 5th, 2017 10:51 AM        

Thanks stratluvr and Peegoo ;)



BrentD

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Dec 6th, 2017 08:31 PM        

I've had a Faded LP Studio, a Faded DC LP Special, and a Faded LP Junior. All of them smoothed out with play - they did get shinier but I suppose I mis-typed when I wrote, "glossed up." I really meant that they got smoother.<br /> <br /> The reason I asked about how it felt is that even the open pores never felt unsanded. They certainly have a texture but never one that feels to me like it had to be hit with any abrasive material.



Bubbalou



USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Dec 7th, 2017 03:50 PM        

No Worries BrentD. It is smoother now :)



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