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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).
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.
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