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Forum topic by juniorjock posted 12-04-2012 12:14 AM 1053 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2012 12:14 AM

Topic tags/keywords: guitar neck speed sanding guitar neck

Ran across this vid by accident, but ended up watching. This guy uses some high-grit sandpaper on the neck of his ax (the back of the fret board). It looks like crap when he’s done, but I can see where this method would make it easier for your hand to slide up and down the neck. Would any of you guys do this. I don’t think I’d be able to take sandpaper to my guitar.

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#1 posted 12-04-2012 06:15 PM

Well, I might do it to a really cheap import guitar. But, even then, I have to think about it a while or be in a really, really bad mood.

Furthermore, it’s not my hands the need speeding up, it’s my fingers.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#2 posted 12-05-2012 11:11 PM

I heard that. If my hands and the neck aren’t clean, I can tell the difference. But, I’m with you on the speed. I’ve noticed my fingers locking up every once in a while (especially on bar chords). Probably a preview of what I can expect in the future with arthritis. Last time I saw Les Paul on TV, his hands were doing the same thing (a lot worse though). But he was still doing gigs a few nights a week.

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#3 posted 12-05-2012 11:27 PM

Ever wondered why bass viols and violins don’t have a finish on the neck?
I never played a “string bass” with the back of the neck finished.
Cellos the same way. Hmmmmm?
Did the classic builders have a secret?


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#4 posted 04-01-2013 07:05 AM

I think oil is used on viol necks. It helps to keep the dirt and finger
oils from turning the neck into a dirty mess. I have shaved and
refinished necks with shellac with good results. The important
thing is to have a profile that gives you stability with the way
your hand works. If you play mostly in a classical position,
a broad flat on the back of the neck is more stable and less
fatiguing. I build and shape my own nylon string guitars
with a flat-backed neck because I seldom bend strings on
a nylon strung guitar. If you bend strings or fret bass notes
with you thumb and generally abstain from classical position
fingering, you’ll find a rounded or triangular neck profile
serves that style.

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