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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-09-2009, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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neck stickyness, fret dullness

Hello
I have an Ibanez rg with and edge 3 bridge, chrome hardware, greyburst finish and Dimarzio Evolutions (big Steve Vai fan). I love it with all my heart, but after about 11 months, have been experiencing some small, undesirable problems.

First of all, the frets on the fingerboard have lost their shine and luster, they are starting to look old and dull. I have tried a few things to possibly make them shinier and nothing has worked. I want it to look like how it looked when i first took it out of the box and the frets were as shiny as the chrome hardware. I miss that. Any advice would be helpful.

Also, the back of the guitar's neck has become sticky and moist-like (possibly from the perspiration on hands ?), simply put, I can't slide my hand up and down with no friction anymore. It has lowered the fastness of my once-brilliant neck to stickiness. The texture isn't like this on the back of the headstock next to the tuners, its still smooth and fast, because my hand is never there. Is there any technique for fixing this problem?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-09-2009, 10:34 PM
 
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Re: neck stickyness, fret dullness

For the frets: http://www.ibanezrules.com/tech/grunge/grunge_4.htm

And for the back of the neck: ... well I really don't know Maybe you're sweating too much? Maybe you don't clean the back of your neck after playing?
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-09-2009, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: neck stickyness, fret dullness

What should I clean it with? Thanks by the way I appreciate it!
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-09-2009, 11:29 PM
 
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Re: neck stickyness, fret dullness

I just use the same rag that I use to clean the strings. That's enough for me. I've noticed a slight change on the back of my neck too, it's a bit more difficult to quickly go from the first fret to the last one, but it's not big deal, and that usually happens when I have played for more than an hour, and by that time I have already sweat a lot. Whenever I feel the neck is so "sticky" that I can't play well anymore, I quickly clean my hands, strings, fretboard and back of the neck to remove sweat. Then I can play again. Maybe this could help you too.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-09-2009, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: neck stickyness, fret dullness

Cool man thanks
Any other advice/opinions are welcome please!
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-10-2009, 01:09 AM
 
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Re: neck stickyness, fret dullness

Use #0000 steel wool on the frets, then get a rag and rub them down hard to buff them.

For the back of the neck what you can do is take that same #0000 steel wool, go over the back of the neck until you see wood being shaved off, as soon as that starts stop. Then use some tung oil (you can get this at hardware stores) and rub it on the back of the neck. Let it dry for 2-3 hours then rub it down with a rag to buff it.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-10-2009, 04:26 AM
 
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Re: neck stickyness, fret dullness

Wash your hands with soap before you play. Onceyou dry your hands they should feel dry and without any oils etc.

Ensure the room is cool and not warm to minimise sweat. (Not the case when live, but you don't play live as much as you play at home. That and I'm too pissed to ever care at that point).

When your hands sweat too much wash them again. Wipe the strings down when you've finished playing by going over them quickly all at once.
Then wrap a bit of the rag around a single string and wipe it up and down all the way a few times. Repeat for all strings. Once you've done that wipe all the frets to clean them.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-16-2009, 08:31 PM
 
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Re: neck stickyness, fret dullness

I use a Dremel & toothpaste(hey it works !) just gotta watch you don't heat them, other wise they rise outta the fingerboard & then yer f%cked
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-24-2009, 12:17 AM
 
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Re: neck stickyness, fret dullness

Polish the back of your neck with lemon pledge...
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