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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-28-2004, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Altering Wizard II to Wizard profile?

Has anyone ever worked a Wizard II neck down to an original Wizard profile? I prefer the original Wizard, but it seems like Wizard II necks are cheap and plentiful.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-28-2004, 06:52 PM
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I've done quite a few.Never had any problems with them.I started doing them by hand to be careful.The last few I used a profile sander and then hand finished using 1500 grit.A sealer coat of lacquer(or whatever you prefer) some 0000 steel wool(make sure your finish is cured fully) and a lot of elbow grease and they are silky smooth.Make sure you mask the fretboard off.I also mask the side of the fretboard.Don't want to remove any wood around the fret ends.I always keep a caliper handy and frequently check my progress since ibz necks are pretty thin and I don't want to take off any more wood than I have to.My hands are small so 1 or 2 mm makes a huge difference to me.I would recommend doing your first one by hand and to a neck you don't have much money into.I usually use 220-400-1000-1500grit,though you could start with 400.I'm sure others probably have different methods,I'm just used to mine.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-29-2004, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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What do you mean by "profile sander"? Like a radius block? Also, have you noticed any stability problems with the necks after thinning them out?
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-29-2004, 03:26 AM
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I haven't had any problems with the necks I've done.Though, I wouldn't go any thinner than the original wizard.There is a truss rod back there some where.I've done jem necks and wizard 2's.A profile sander is a power tool(detail sander).I only use it because I'm comfortable doing so.I would not recommend using one unless you are very experienced,as they can remove wood very fast.One wrong move and you could end up with expensive firewood.The first few I did,I used a soft sanding sponge.It conforms to the neck nicely.It takes a little while by hand(maple is pretty hard) but its better to be safe.
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