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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-25-2011, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Paint on the neck heel and neck pocket?

Hey all. Got a 1982 Rocket Roll II here, and when I took the neck off earlier today, I noticed that the neck pocket still had paint inside, and the heel was also painted. Now, I'm far from an expert, but I'd think that this would mean less efficient transfer of vibrations to the body from the neck, which would result in decreased sustain, so what should I do?

Think I should just buy some sandpaper and remove it? By "painted" I mean that it's got exactly the same amount on it as the rest of the neck; the pocket is less covered.

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Re: Paint on the neck heel and neck pocket?

I'd lightly sand off the finish in the pocket and on the heel.



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I'd lightly sand off the finish in the pocket and on the heel.
Thanks. I've got some 200 grit, 400 grit and 800 grit sandpaper here, so that's what I was considering doing! I'd use a sanding block, of course.
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Re: Paint on the neck heel and neck pocket?

Careful with the neck pockets. I like using flat files over sand paper for those, simply because its hard to sand properly in that confined space.
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Re: Paint on the neck heel and neck pocket?

The neck pocket's paint layer is very thin; it'll probably just take a little bit of gentle rubbing (we're still talking about guitars here) to come off, even with some high grit sandpaper.
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The neck pocket's paint layer is very thin; it'll probably just take a little bit of gentle rubbing (we're still talking about guitars here) to come off, even with some high grit sandpaper.
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Even with "gentle rubbing" Id still suggest a nice high grit flat file, or at the very least, get a tongue depresser stick and tape sandpaper to that to get a flat sanding surface
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Even with "gentle rubbing" Id still suggest a nice high grit flat file, or at the very least, get a tongue depresser stick and tape sandpaper to that to get a flat sanding surface
Ahh, okay then; thanks for the advice! I wonder how much of a difference this will make. I'll probably have to lower the action on my guitar a bit too, since the neck will be sitting lower in the pocket.
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Re: Paint on the neck heel and neck pocket?

It will make a difference but you need to be careful not to remove too much material, as the neck needs to fit snug in the pocket. You may need to glue a couple shims in there afterward to get the neck to fit right.
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It will make a difference but you need to be careful not to remove too much material, as the neck needs to fit snug in the pocket. You may need to glue a couple shims in there afterward to get the neck to fit right.
Yeah, I'll be very careful. I don't want to risk screwing this up - the guitar is fairly rare these days!

The neck is actually a little too big for the pocket currently anyway, so it actually makes sense to remove this.
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Re: Paint on the neck heel and neck pocket?

It makes a lot of sense. The neck pocket should be unfinished, but in an effort to cut production costs a lot of mass produced guitars cut corners, and thats an area where they figure they can be lazy.
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