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Rick Andrews and other experts answers guitar repair questions
For almost one year, guitar luther Rick Andrews answered your guitar repair questions. After recieving over 500 questions we put together the most popular questions and answers. Today, we are involving other great guitar builders and will continue to expand this area in the future. This section will no longer be interactive but you should find most of your guitar building and repair questions have already been answered in this section.

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  •  Question- Guitar neck discoloration
    From: LISA TESSMER
    Subject: guitar neck discoloration

    I just purchased a custom electric guitar dating from the 1980's. Now, it's a totally stellar guitar, but definitely used. My problem is mainly aesthetic and concerns the neck of the guitar. Consisting of lovely maple wood, it has tragically fallen victim to discoloration (from a warm golden color in some places to a dingy light brown/pale green . . . more light brown though). What exactly caused the discoloration (I suspect moisture and basic wear and tear) and what can be done to elevate the guitar's neck to a better condition? (I believe the damage is too deep for basic polishing and/or light sanding, but remain unsure).
    Thankee.



  • Ricks Answer to - Guitar neck discoloration
    From: Rick Andrews
    To: LISA TESSMER
    Subject: Re: guitar neck discoloration

    Hello there Thankyee,
    On that nasty thing you got there on your guitar neck, sounds like you are right in that time has taken its toll on the thing.

    First I would say strip it down and sand the neck until it shows true natural color again and then fine sand it and apply new lacquer, sand between coats about one hour apart. Once you have 8 or 10 nice coats on it then let it sit for a week, then using 600 grit wet/dry sand paper you need to wet sand it until it is a very smooth satin finish with no pours showing at all, then you can buff it out or hand rub it with ultra fine compound until it shines extremely high glosss.

    The final wet look and you are finished. It may be worth just doing the entire guitar but sometimes it is best to leave that to the professionsls who have done this for many years. You will get a much better job because of the experience they have. A lot of the old lacquers had a problem of yellowing as they age. The really good lacquers of today you can find at Luthiers Mercantile. It is expensive but it should not yellow in the future and it is easier to use.
    Rick Andrews
    Andrews Guitar





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