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Jimmy25's picture
Dec 2011
3 years ago

1) What's the most effective and safe way to clean a stratocaster's aged maple neck?

2) And do you use the same thing of what you use to clean a maple neck to clean a stratocaster's body or strings?

3) I found my maple neck extremely sticky that my fingers, esp my thumb at the back of the neck, it gets stuck so often when I play solo up and down the neck, this is one thing that's really bothering me, is there any solution to make a maple neck smoother?
(ps. isn't steel wool / sandpaper going to hurt and leave scratch / scar on the maple neck?)

Supergrunged's picture
Saco, ME
Feb 2005
7 months ago

Just clean the neck with guitar polish and a rag, the fret treatment is lemon oil, and only used for ebony or rosewood fretboards. I've been using Dunlop guitar polish, Martin makes some too, as well as other companies. You can get a rag with one, or just use an old shirt. Start there, because it's going to take a lot of the gunk off your neck. You do it enough, and buff it, over time should feel alright.

No I would not use wool or sandpaper on a maple neck.....

Just next time you pick up strings, pickup guitar polish as well

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NoFroBro's picture
Australia
Jan 2004
1 month ago

Depending on the age that neck may be finished with Nitrocellulose (Fender this is pre 70s) If it is you need to be very careful what polish you use. Standard furniture polishes are silcone based and actually permeate nitro finishes logging the wood with silicone residue. If the finish has been worn off then you really should look at resealing it as the exposed wood will now take up dirt and body oils. It is this and the leeching of some of the natural wood oils that is probably making the neck feel sticky.

For modern finishes a php balanced hand soap and warm water will cut through all the grime and give a nice clean shine. Use a 100% cotton cloth.

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olddawg's picture
Southern California & Hawaii usually, but I get around
Dec 2004
1 year ago

I would be very careful using anything with a lot of water in it if you have exposed wood. I've used 95% rubbing alcohol (even vodka in an emergency) with good results to remove oils. It evaporates quickly. For finished areas, Clorox Cleanup works well. I realize both of these have a little water in them. The trick is to do it quickly and wipe it dry immediately. It's always smart to test a small area first. If it is a very valuable vintage instrument that has been neglected, take it to a good pro shop and have it cleaned and set up. I keep a piece of an old T shirt in my kit to wipe down my strings after I play if I remember. I change strings every third gig or when they go stale if I have a break.

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Jun 2003
6 months ago

If its not a vintage instrument or one you're worried about preserving you can definitely sand the neck a bit on the backside to make it less sticky. I did that on my newer tele with a really fine grit, and it took it from gloss to kind of satin so my hand doesn't stick anymore. Don't go too far though and expose any wood.

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lobsty's picture
between Berlin and Melbourne...
Nov 2003
3 years ago
Originally Posted by olddawg

I've used 95% rubbing alcohol (even vodka in an emergency) with good results to remove oils.

That is the most rock thing I've heard on here in a while - douse your Strat in vodka!

But +1 on keeping an old cotton t-shirt on hand to wipe you guitar down after a gig. Simplest, cheapest and best thing you can do.

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olddawg's picture
Southern California & Hawaii usually, but I get around
Dec 2004
1 year ago
Originally Posted by lobsty

That is the most rock thing I've heard on here in a while - douse your Strat in vodka!

But +1 on keeping an old cotton t-shirt on hand to wipe you guitar down after a gig. Simplest, cheapest and best thing you can do.

A lot of the old guys would used lighter fluid too. But be careful. You would be surprised what you can do with match sticks, match books, tooth picks, qtips, pencils, fingernail polish, etc to effect emergency repairs and maintenance on the road by broke musicians. I would use extra fine steel wool if you want to scuff the back of the neck.

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asatbluesboy's picture
Brasil
Dec 2005
9 months ago
Originally Posted by olddawg

A lot of the old guys would used lighter fluid too. But be careful. You would be surprised what you can do with match sticks, match books, tooth picks, qtips, pencils, fingernail polish, etc to effect emergency repairs and maintenance on the road by broke musicians. I would use extra fine steel wool if you want to scuff the back of the neck.

One of these old guys' last name was Hendrix, right?

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fbccars924's picture
Wood River, Illinois
Dec 2010
3 years ago
Originally Posted by asatbluesboy

One of these old guys' last name was Hendrix, right?

I dont think that was a repair he did lol.

lighter fluid+match+strat=???

I use baby oil on my fret board then use the tiny little bit left on the rag on the neck. Scratch out auto polish is what was always recomended to me for more modern finishes older ones id think a baby wipe would be your best and safest bet for the body.

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olddawg's picture
Southern California & Hawaii usually, but I get around
Dec 2004
1 year ago
Originally Posted by fbccars924

I dont think that was a repair he did lol.

lighter fluid+match+strat=???

I use baby oil on my fret board then use the tiny little bit left on the rag on the neck. Scratch out auto polish is what was always recomended to me for more modern finishes older ones id think a baby wipe would be your best and safest bet for the body.

Legend has it that Frank Zappa ended up with that guitar, rebuilt, and used it. If memory serves me, he added a piezoo pickup under the neck joint too. I would be very careful with the baby oil. I have several guitars with rosewood fretboards that are over 30 years old, a couple over 50. I have never needed to oil them. But conditions vary.

Stage Guitars: '80s Thin line LP Custom, '70 LP Standard, '83 Squier Black Headstock Strat w/ Dan Torres pickups, '59 Black Danelectro DC, sometimes others.

Pedal Board: Nady UHF 10 -> TU2 -> Rocktron Big Crush -> 70s MXR Phase 100 -> Cry Baby -> Bad Monkey -> Early '80s Rat -> Early '80s Ibanez CS 9 -> Ibanez DE 7 -> Behringer Dr 100 Stereo Reverb

Stage amps: '63 Blonde Tremolux w/ two original 2X10 cabinets with a '60 Ampeg Rocket/18 watt VTB Marshall clone/ Epi VJ into a Mashall 1965A

asatbluesboy's picture
Brasil
Dec 2005
9 months ago
Originally Posted by olddawg

Legend has it that Frank Zappa ended up with that guitar, rebuilt, and used it. If memory serves me, he added a piezoo pickup under the neck joint too.

My memory tells me the same, but it's especially hazy on the piezo thing.

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Originally posted by paradeblonde
Beep beeeep beeeeeeeeeep beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPPPPP

Selling BOSS FW-3. I live in Brazil, mind you, so prepare yourself for $30-ish for shipping and waiting. Local pickup available, along with beautiful beaches and cheap bitches.