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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-04-2012, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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How come some guitar necks feel "dry"?

That may not be the right word.

I've noticed this across all brands of guitars. On some guitars, it's hard to move my hand up and down the neck. It has nothing to do with how smooth the finish is or anything, it's just that it kind of feels "dry", like its soaking up the oils from my hand or something.

My guitar doesn't feel this way, but I'd say at least 50% of guitars I pick up at the store do feel this way.

Does anyone know what I am talking about?

Is it fixable? Sometimes I see an otherwise awesome guitar but it is just uncomfortable to play because the neck doesn't feel right.
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Re: How come some guitar necks feel "dry"?

Yes, it's easily fixable. Most necks you find in a store desperately need a cleaning/buffing.
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Re: How come some guitar necks feel "dry"?

Good thread, I've had this same question. My RG520 neck always feels more "moist" than my RX60, which is really smooth. Some times I'd rather play the RX60 because it is so smooth.
Any DIY fix? Simple green, alchohal?
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Re: How come some guitar necks feel "dry"?

On my RG's I always sand down to the wood and refinish with mineral oil, the necks stay silky smooth thereafter

Sometimes cleaning will help for awhile, but if the neck has a gloss finish they can feel "moist" and sticky after playing for a long time or especially when it's hot/humid or you're sweating.
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i no what you mean its like shiny but grippy,ive recently just done a maple neck with rose wood fretboard on an ibanez im swirling,the maple was shiny and i like it beautifully smooth but kind of rough in your palm ,i used 1000 grade wet and dry i think its the finest made but used it dry,no water,its super fine and has done a mint job,took the shine off and feels and looks new. im happy
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Re: How come some guitar necks feel "dry"?

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i no what you mean its like shiny but grippy,ive recently just done a maple neck with rose wood fretboard on an ibanez im swirling,the maple was shiny and i like it beautifully smooth but kind of rough in your palm ,i used 1000 grade wet and dry i think its the finest made but used it dry,no water,its super fine and has done a mint job,took the shine off and feels and looks new. im happy
They make wet/dry sandpaper finer than 1000 grit, but yeah don't ever use water and wet sand your guitar neck!!!!
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Re: How come some guitar necks feel "dry"?

Yeah, don't use degreaser, alcohol, or water on your neck; or guitar for that matter.
Use a small amount of guitar polish on the neck and lemon oil on the board. The natural oils from your hand, really, should serve to break in the neck over time.
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Re: How come some guitar necks feel "dry"?

You can also go to any drug store or walmart and get 99.9% mineral oil in the laxative section. It works just as good as any of the "guitar specific" oils on the market and a bottle that will last you lifetime costs about $2...You can use it on both the fretboard and neck maple or rosewood also
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