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Question What kind of Laquer on JEM necks?

What kind of Lacquer is used for the backside of the Maple JEM necks?
Is it sprayed on?

In some pictures it seems like no laquer at all or a super thin layer.

On a fretless maple fingerboard, do you need some Epoxy coating?
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Re: What kind of Laquer on JEM necks?

I'm about to finish a new maple JEM neck and was told that a thin sprayed on coat of Nitro-Cellulose Lacquer is the way to go. After it dries it can be sanded lightly.
Another option I'm looking into is the finish that Ernie Ball recommends for their necks - Gunstock oil followed by a light wax.
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Re: What kind of Laquer on JEM necks?

Ibanez necks are finished with poly.

I usually remove the poly, and refinish with Tru Oil and wax (ala Ernie Ball).
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Ibanez necks are finished with poly.

I usually remove the poly, and refinish with Tru Oil and wax (ala Ernie Ball).
I am about to do the Tru Oil thing also. Got any application tips? How thick or thin, how many coats, do light sanding/000 steel wooling after it dries, etc.? What kind of wax do you then use?

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Ibanez necks are finished with poly.
Polyurethane?
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Re: What kind of Laquer on JEM necks?

If you do a search here about Tru Oil you'll find a great link that explains exactly how to apply the oil and wax. Sorry, I lost the link or I'd post it up..
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I am about to do the Tru Oil thing also. Got any application tips? How thick or thin, how many coats, do light sanding/000 steel wooling after it dries, etc.? What kind of wax do you then use?

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You can't really screw Tru Oil up. I sand off the poly with 220 grit paper (just enough to remove the finish, no need to really dig into the wood). Then smooth it out with 320 and then apply 2-3 coats of oil with a cotton rag. Lightly buff between coats with 0000 steel wool (or brass wool if you can find it). Finish up with some wax and thats it.

Tru Oil and the matching wax are Birchwood Casey products and can be found at gun stores, bigger sporting goods stores, or online.

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Re: What kind of Laquer on JEM necks?

Are there any Picture examples around of the Tru Oil version necks?
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Re: What kind of Laquer on JEM necks?

I am sure you could find some, but it wont look any different than a poly neck. The difference is in how they feel.
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Re: What kind of Laquer on JEM necks?

pic of tru-oil neck found on internet

I wonder if it's more or less sticky than (Ibanez) poly.


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Re: What kind of Laquer on JEM necks?

Once Tru Oil cures completely, you can buff it super slick. Personally I prefer to knock off the gloss, but as you can see above, it can be shined up pretty well.

No sticky feeling either way.
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What kind of Lacquer is used for the backside of the Maple JEM necks?
No idea, cause I sand it away. Looks like small dust to me

I've sanded two Jem necks now. Haven't put ANYthing on them after sanding. I prefer the feel of soft wood instead of slicky 'n icky ooze on it. I'd sand the neck of my Les Paul, too, but it's white and would look bad after that :-|

The question is, can this cause any harm to the necks?
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The question is, can this cause any harm to the necks?
Possibly, you normal sweat can cause warpage over time. If you plan to keep the raw wood necks, at least wax the neck to offer some protection against staining and moisture.
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Re: What kind of Laquer on JEM necks?

I always just use tung oil and 0000 steel wool. I've never put wax on it. What does the wax do? I've never had any issues in the last decade.
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Re: What kind of Laquer on JEM necks?

Well the wax (gun stock wax) just increases the slick feel. If you are happy with the tung oil, just leave it.
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