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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-30-2002, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Neck finishes on Jems

Are all Jem necks finished, and if they are, are they easy to strip?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-30-2002, 05:21 PM
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Most are lightly fnished with oil - none with laquer like a Strat.

They're easy enough to get the finish off with a little fine sandpaper. Takes about 10 minutes and imporves the neck feel 100% in my book. Hers instructions from the Tech section:

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I agree, takes like 10 minutes and vastly improves the feel of the guitar. I sanded my 2027 a while back...100% improvement and I thought it was great before!! Just follow the tutorial.
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The BSB neck is unfinished, in a way, I mean it is burnt and stained, but it is effectively unfinished. The UV necks (the older ones) are unfinished as well. I prefer the feel of no finish as well.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-31-2002, 10:28 AM
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of course I have to throw in that I like high gloss finish!!!

Has nothing todo with the topic.. I just like being the odd ball! I also like the tung oil finished necks of EBMM guitars... they are pretty nice too. I don't like the slack crap neck finish on Strats.. course I have a yjm strat, which has, you guessed it, 7 or 11(I forget) layers of high gloss!!! and yes I love the unfinished feel.. i just don't like the neck turning dark and all the up keep and potential neck damage due to no protection.
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Will this trick work on my RG570?
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it's not a trick...and it will work on any piece of wood, not just a guitar neck. Sandpaper removes finish.

putting some sort of protective oil on the neck is highly recommended. The wood will soak it up and your neck will still feel like natural wood, but wood needs to be kept somewhat moist. I sanded my 550 neck without oiling it and it started to come apart at the headstock seam.

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good advice here. on a 100% new raw/unfinished custom neck, oil should be used to help keep it stable and not bow, etc. as the climate changes. I'll be oiling my GC Custom neck ASAP... haven't gotten around to it and in the summertime/humididy the neck backbow is effected. I've found when sanding down a JEM, RG, etc. neck you don't quite sand so much that you should be effecting the stability, glue joints, etc. The wood has been sealed for years, in case of an older axe. Of course, this depends on many things, including outside factors such as the climate, weather, etc. Good luck... glen
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-03-2002, 04:17 PM Thread Starter
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I took the finish off my 777dy following the Jemsite instructions and it came out great, so I decided to do the rest of my Jems sometime this week.

On thing I noticed, for me anyway, is that the neck actually feels best after the 600 grit and not having the 0000 steel wool afterwards. I did this on an RG570, after I did the Jem, and the 600 sanding is the best feel for me.

Thanx to everyone for the help and info.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-06-2002, 01:27 PM
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I'm thinking about sanding every maple neck I own. I love the feel of the unfinished neck on my FP.
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