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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-24-2007, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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Smile need help with vintage guitars

how to get worn vintage looking neck
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-24-2007, 08:53 PM
 
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Re: need help with vintage guitars

Well, that depends...... have a look at a bunch of really old strat necks - they yellow because Nitrocellulose lacquer ages under UV light, the finish "checks" as the lacquer hardens and can't expand and contract at the same rate as the wood substrate does, and because the Nitro finish is fairly thin, it rub through where there is the most contact with the player's fingers - you can certainly duplicate the wear patterns just by looking at some good examples, then carefully sanding through the lacquer using reasonably fine paper - you can duplicate the yellowing with Nitro lacquer tinted with honey coloured wood stain, and from memory Fender accelerate finish checking by blasting the finish with compressed air (as compressed air expands rapidly out of the nozzle, it gets VERY cold, hence causing the lacquer to shrink rapidly, and crack in long, usually perpendicular to the woodgrain, cracks) - there is a quicktime video floating around showing how Fender "relics" a guitar - no idea where though.

Have a look at some Fender "Heavy Relic" Strats and Teles - there are plenty of pics around - the only not so convincing thing about these is how abruptly the point at which the finish wear ends on the back of the neck - on really old Fenders it is much more subtle and gradated than that.

And, experiment before committing yourself to doing any of this to a valuable guitar!
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-24-2007, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: need help with vintage guitars

well the sceal on my teles neck is wore off does that make is myore lieable for fungus and dirt and wear?
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-24-2007, 09:12 PM
 
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Re: need help with vintage guitars

If you are talking about maple, the answer is of course yes to dirt; Maple is so hard that you will have little problem with wear, and fungus, who knows. Warmoth won't warranty Maple necks without a lacquer finish of some kind being applied if that gives you any idea, but I have seen literally hundreds of Fender guitars from the fifties and sixties with little to no lacquer left on the back of the neck, and there are very few which seem to have developed stability problems - I guess a forty to fifty year old bit of air-dried Maple is a pretty stable bit of wood!
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-24-2007, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: need help with vintage guitars

yeah I see alot of fender I was looking at a 1940 somthing braudcaster. I love the vitage look and Iv allway wanted a worn mapel neck my step dad has a 30 year old strat and not a scratch on it.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-24-2007, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: need help with vintage guitars

Heavy Relics are very pricy I think IM better off makeing my owen costom guitar but I dont know muck about it just **** the thing up
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-25-2007, 12:09 PM
 
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Re: need help with vintage guitars

Play the hell out of the guitar. If you're aggressive enough, it'll start to show wear in a couple years, and a guitar that's legitimately been ridden hard and has gotten it's wear the hard way is always way cooler than one that's been faked.
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