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"The tape, don't forget the tape..."

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by CraigB, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. CraigB

    CraigB Tele-Holic

    Nov 6, 2009
    Central Coast of CA
    Well, here's a silly mistake I've not made before. I just realized that after rolling out the glue on a neck blank and fingerboard, I forgot to pull the darn tape up before clamping. Anybody here done that before? I'm thinking I'm just going to leave it instead of trying to pull them apart. It's been clamped up for over an hour. Good or bad plan? I welcome your advice!

  2. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI
    I have seen others leave the tape in there on purpose. I expect you will be ok. Some famous person will play that guitar and when it gets dissected they will think it's all due to that "tone-tape". That tape will be everywhere after that, coating the tuners, the control knobs, the saddles, and more. ;);)

    Most of the double-acting truss rods have shrink wrap on them while I have used the PRS trick of dipping the truss rod in wax to keep the glue from sticking to it, plus it lubricates the threads.


  3. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    It'll be fine.
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  4. adirondak5

    adirondak5 Wood Hoarder Extraordinaire

    Oct 24, 2009
    Long Island NY
    I wouldn't worry Craig , it will be fine
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  5. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 22, 2009
    Austin, TX
    I always intend to pull the tape, but I end up leaving it on accident about every third or fourth build. Hasn't done any harm on any of the ones where it got left (and that's been a good few!)
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  6. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta
    Yes, it's a tone enhancer.... Can we talk about tone tape instead of tone wood??:)
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  7. tewiq

    tewiq Tele-Meister

    Jul 27, 2010
    Granby Qc. Canada
    Been there done that, it's all good , still the 2 best sounding guitars that I own.
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  8. I_build_my_own

    I_build_my_own Friend of Leo's

    Mar 9, 2012
    New York
    The tape is called rattle-no like the trem setters in tremol-no :D Don't worry unless it was too wide.
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  9. ramonet

    ramonet TDPRI Member

    Jan 18, 2013
    Barcelona - Spain
    There's no problem at all, don't worry
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  10. Jdelys

    Jdelys Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

    Nov 3, 2010
    Missoula, Montana
    I've done it to - no problems yet. Honestly, I don't even know which ones they are anymore.
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  11. Muzikp

    Muzikp Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Nov 5, 2010
    Tape? I like tape. It's sticky. I would stick it in my neck without worry.
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  12. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 7, 2016
    Smyrna georgia
    Depends on which direction said tape was oriented.
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  13. GuildX700

    GuildX700 Tele-Holic

    Apr 28, 2016
    Just don't put most typical tapes on nitro and leave it there for more than an hour or so or you'll have tape burns into the nitro.

    I found that the hard way with the blue painter tape.

    I had masked off the fingerboard to polish the frets with my Dremel, some of the tape naturally went onto the neck finish. It got late, I fell asleep in the middle of the polishing job, woke up several hours later to my horror seeing that tape still on the neck, and yes, as I pulled it off the finish was kinda wrinkled underneath it.

    Fortunately I was able to fix 98% of the wrinkles.

    I just took a soft terry cloth and some guitar polish and hand buff the damaged neck finish until I could actually feel it getting warm from the constant buffing friction.

    A few sessions of that fixed most all of the damage, but it could've been much worse.

    Anyhow, just a public nitro finish safety message.

    Continue on men......

  14. Sidney Vicious

    Sidney Vicious Friend of Leo's

    "And the ladies treat me kindly
    And furnish me with tape."

  15. Vizcaster

    Vizcaster Friend of Leo's

    Sep 15, 2007
    Glen Head, NY
    The problem can happen immediately if the Dremel buff is allowed to heat up the tape or the lacquer underneath (don't ask me how I know that). The fret shields are good insurance against that.

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