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#1 Post by kyle am I » Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:30 pm

so i did my sanded neck thing. i started with 100 grit and worked up to 600. my store didnt have 620 and up. do i absolutley need to have the higher grit? and how much lemon oil should i use? I used lemon oil (just a little) with the 600, but do i COAT the neck in the oil? or is a little enough?

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#2 Post by Jeries » Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:35 pm

walmart or homedepot prob have up to 3000-6000 grit


i'd try at least up to 1500

but keep it if you're happy where you're at

there's lots of seals and oils you can use

here's what i'd recommend...


try some lemon oil- try a little
try a lot

and if you dont like a lot sand it off and put a little
if you don't like any sand it all off

600 is prob fine- i'd want something finer/smoother maybe 1000-1500 range idk

i didn't do it myself

my tech took just enough off to get rid of the finish and i'm happy with it
i dont think he put any oil or anything on top

my telecaster has an unfinished neck and so does my new ibanez s annaversery

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#3 Post by kyle am I » Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:57 pm

1) with no oil at all dosent the grain soak up the moisture from your hands and get all rough?
2. should there be any friction? im feeling quite a bit... and it dries out my hands

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#4 Post by Jeries » Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:38 pm

if there's friction you need to sand it better and use higher grit as high as you can go


do 600 then 1500 then 3000

mine is as smooth as a brand guitar body finish

you can even get it buffed hella smooth

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#5 Post by Pape » Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:46 pm

I agree, need more sanding. And once you go au naturalz, there is no going back! Best playing guitars ever! Regardless of brand. My try some good ol fasion tung-oil. Its what a lot of Carvin guitars have. It feels great, but can make the neck wood much darker depending on the oil.

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#6 Post by paulh123 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:24 am

600 will be too rough,go to 800 then 1000,start using oil with the 800.
you can finish the neck with 1000 but i usually go up to 1200,anything finer than that is pointless really.as far as i know 1500sf(super fine)is as far as you can go anyhow.

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#7 Post by kyle am I » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:45 am

how much oil do I put?

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#8 Post by paulh123 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:10 pm

just a few drops,and if it gets a bit dry when rubbing add a few more drops etc
if you put too much on the oil will just run off the neck and too little it will be very hard to sand.

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#9 Post by kyle am I » Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:32 pm

what really worries me is I got one drop of sweat after I oiled it on the neck and the grain rose and I had to sand it again. Is that normal?

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#10 Post by paulh123 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:01 pm

no,
the neck is not sealed properly,you may not have sanded enough with the fine grade of wet and dry paper,keep going with the 1000/1200 paper until the neck feels like glass.

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#11 Post by kyle am I » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:43 pm

OK. I went up to 1500 grain sanding. Around 1000 i added a little bit of oil. at 1500 i added more oil and the neck felt AMAZING. But then, a day after, either i didnt put enough oil on or i rubbed it off, because the neck was getting very sticky. I put even more oil on and the neck has been fine for 2 days. I will see how it turns out. any advice? does the oil ever wear off 2) does the neck get real sticky (when i mean sticky, i mean unfinished like grain feeling than squeaks when i run my thumb against the grain of the wood that happens when playing) 3) how much oil in a kind of measurement do i use. i dont know how much a little is (2, 3 drops?) or how much a lot is (6-8 drops).

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#12 Post by Jeries » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:46 pm

either put some oil or get it buffed

or sand it for good and don't put any oil

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#13 Post by paulh123 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:07 am

a bare/oiled neck will need constant maintanance,i tend to re sand/oil every 3 months or so,but ymmv.

there is no right or wrong amount of oil to put on,although you will tend to put on a fair bit when doing it for the first time as the bare wood soaks it up,to be honest you cant really put on too much as any excess can/will be wiped/cleaned away any how.

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