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Hello all! I was able to score a 1988 Jem Floral and am getting it all set up. Probably a dumb question, but to my surprise the neck seems to have no sealant / finish at all. I found this out because using lemon oil on the fretboard a small bit of it dripped underneath to the back of the neck, and it was absorbed instead of beading up. Is it likely the finish has just worn completely off after 30 years, or is there a chance these guitars didn't have finished necks? I have to think it just wore off over the years, but wanted to check.

Also, if I need to seal it, I'd love some recommendations. I've heard good things about Tru-Oil...
 

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Chances are someone along the line didn't really care for that finish on the back And just sanded it off. None of my guitars have any finish they are all oil rubbed. Not really a fan of satin or clear coat finishes on my necks. A lot of people use tongue oil but even fingerboard oil works good.
 

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I just reshaped and sanded the neck on my 7 string. I put a few coats of F-1 oil on it. I love that oil. It has many uses, not just for fretboards. I would avoid Gerlitz Guitar Honey though as it tends to leave a waxy build up.
 

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I believe the older Jem models had no finish on the neck. I have an 89 77VBK and no finish either. 2 friends of mine have 77FP guitars and also no finish on the necks aswell.

I think that jem models from that time with finish on the necks have probably been refinished later by the owners. Only later on the Jem models started having finish on the necks from factory.
 

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Hey guys, I know I'm super late to respond but thanks so much for the feedback! My understanding from further research is that yes, these guitars were sold without a neck finish. That's very surprising to me, as I've always heard not sealing your neck is a disaster waiting to happen. Maybe it's not as bad as were led to believe? This one survived 30 years without it I guess, so I assume it's not the end of the world
 
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