Dark marks on bottom of maple neck?

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  1. jaken

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    Hi there -

    I have a 2017 American Special tele that I bought new, and I am wondering what these off-color dark marks are on the edge of the fretboard. They are only present from about frets 4 to 8 and it doesn't feel any different.

    I assume it's not wear as this is a pretty new guitar, but is there something I can do to stop this from happening? I want this guitar to last.

    They aren't exactly visible when looking at the neck directly on its side.

    Any help is appreciated, thanks!

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    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    Just looks like wear to me where the edge is starting to roll a little

    Does it get played a lot?

    Aren’t those necks satin? Is it starting to buff to a sheen
     
  3. trev333

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    sweat and dirt..... the finish has probably worn through allowing some hand moisture in... :)
     
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    Yeah, I do play it a lot. The neck started out as satin but is now all glossy except at the headstock.
     
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    That's why Leo started making Rosewood boards because they would not show wear marks like the maple boards did. To late, though by then the maple had done caught on and some people like the wear marks in the maple as road worn is popular now. Platefire
     
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    I’ve always wondered about satin finish’s I have a mascis jazzmaster that was satin and it turned gloss in about a month of playing maybe less
     
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    It seems like a satin neck that turns glossy from playing stays very slick, while a neck that starts out glossy can be very sticky. But if you degloss a glossy neck to make it satin, after it turns glossy again from playing it will stay slick.
     
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    No worries, as long as it plays well:D
     
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    Funny things happen with necks...my Jaguar’s neck rippled in last summer’s heat wave.

    The lacquer kinda softened/melted, and Fender replaced.

    I like the slight darkening on yours though - looks to me like it is developing a great patina...
     
  11. jaken

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    Mine also went glossy after a few weeks of playing. I loved the feel of the satin, but oh well. I know I could sand it down but I don't want to go that route.
     
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    Looks natural to my eye, not bad. That kind of worn out is seen on some naturally/intentionally aged guitars at times.
     
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    All I see are natural features of the grain.
     
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