Fretboard Problem!!!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by guitarjames97, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. guitarjames97

    guitarjames97 TDPRI Member

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    Hi guys,
    After buying a classic vibe telecaster I wasnt very happy with the lacquered fretboard... to put a long story short I sanded down the fretboard abit to try and give it a more matt finish. But it seems to have made it feel very stoppy and when bending, the fretboard makes a rubbing/creaky noise!
    Any tips on what to do?:cry:
     
  2. dngrsdave

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    Is it a maple fretboard ?

    All my guitars are Rosewood because I'm not a big fan of Maple just for that reason. I would try a ScotchBrite pad.
     
  3. guitarjames97

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    yes it is :) its seems that after rubbing down the laquer abit to give it a matte finish has given the fretboard a noisy and frictiony feel :(
     
  4. telequacktastic

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    Buy a new neck with all your own specs! Awesome excuse!
     
  5. guitarjames97

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    I need an answer not a way out! ;)
     
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    What grit sandpaper did you use?
     
  7. guitarjames97

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    i think it was wet and dry 600?
     
  8. KevinB

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    Try polishing it back up a bit. Use a "rubbing compound" - here the USA we have things like Scratch-X for removing fine scratches from car finishes. I'm sure you'll find something at Halford's. Just buff it up with an old T-shirt. After you're done, finish it off with some car wax. Don't do it so much that it becomes gloss again, just leave it a nice smooth matte finish.
     
  9. Stringbender11

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    I would think if you follow the some of the suggestions by other posters the neck should be salvageable. You could have a pro look at it too, if you have some guitar shops near you.
     
  10. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Buffing wheel. Take it to a good wood worker or instrument builder, bite the bullet on the few bucks it'll cost and chalk it up to experience.
     
  11. Post Toastie

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    Use some 2000 wet/dry sandpaper to smooth it out then use some polishing compound. Dont use a buffing wheel unless you want it to look glossy again.
     
  12. guitarjames97

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    Just another quick question... Will playing it alot just shine it back?
     
  13. KevinB

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    Yes, but it will be somewhat uneven, and will take you some time.
     
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    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I was assuming he just would want to put it back the way it was.
     
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