How risky is it to have a neck shipped without a finish?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Telepirate86, Jun 27, 2020 at 6:37 PM.

  1. Telepirate86

    Telepirate86 Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    209
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2019
    Location:
    NY
    What are the chances of atmospheric damages being done?
     
  2. eallen

    eallen Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    2,056
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2013
    Location:
    Bargersville/Indianapolis, Indiana
    Depends on where from. Neck made in states by reputable maker no big deal.

    Eric
     
    nojazzhere likes this.
  3. Telepirate86

    Telepirate86 Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    209
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2019
    Location:
    NY
    Musikraft.
     
    gmann likes this.
  4. eallen

    eallen Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    2,056
    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2013
    Location:
    Bargersville/Indianapolis, Indiana
    No sweat. Just check out as soon as you get it, let it set in your shop a fre days to acclimate, check again, finish as desired.

    Eric
     
    nojazzhere likes this.
  5. dan40

    dan40 Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,701
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2015
    Location:
    Richmond Va
    I have purchased several unfinished necks from Musikraft and never had any issues with them after shipping. I do believe that they apply some type of light sealer to all of their necks before leaving their factory though.
     
  6. Telepirate86

    Telepirate86 Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    209
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2019
    Location:
    NY
    You have to request the sealer.
     
    nojazzhere and dan40 like this.
  7. Jim_in_PA

    Jim_in_PA Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    1,430
    Joined:
    May 31, 2019
    Location:
    SE PA near New Hope PA
    Unless the product is going to be shipping on the "slow boat" for a very long time, it's unlikely that the changes in ambient moisture, etc, during shipping are going to have any effect at all unless it's a poor product made from lumber that wasn't properly dried, etc.
     
    Dismalhead likes this.
  8. Geo

    Geo Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    71
    Posts:
    4,815
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Location:
    Hendersonville, TN
    Some or more are shipped in a protective tube and it is good. Allparts and Stratosphere are ones
    I bought necks from that have this.
     
  9. Sax-son

    Sax-son Tele-Meister

    Age:
    68
    Posts:
    426
    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2019
    Location:
    Three Rivers, CA
    I have bought many without finish and never had a problem. However, wood sometimes has a mind of it own and can do some strange things when exposed to heat and moisture. All the main manufactures wrap and pack them nicely so there is little risk.
     
  10. tfarny

    tfarny Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,629
    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2008
    Location:
    Hudson Valley, NY
    If the wood is so poorly dried (or not dried) that it will warp in transit, it would surely warp anyhow after you finish it. I've had dozens of unfinished necks come through the mail and never an issue. I've also played unfinished necks for up to a year and not had warping issues. That's not a recommendation, but just to say that properly dried maple doesn't warp that easily or quickly.
     
    stefanhotrod likes this.
  11. gmann

    gmann Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    66
    Posts:
    2,248
    Joined:
    May 7, 2008
    Location:
    Okinawa, Japan
    I've had many Musikraft necks shipped without finish and have never had any problems.
     
  12. TwangerWannabe

    TwangerWannabe Tele-Meister

    Age:
    42
    Posts:
    322
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2019
    Location:
    West Coast
    Atmospheric damages? Really?! It's a piece of wood in a box, man. Maybe spend more time playing your guitars and less time driving yourself crazy thinking about every possible "what if".
     
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2020 at 8:59 AM
  13. stefanhotrod

    stefanhotrod Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    571
    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2016
    Location:
    germany
    No sweat.
     
  14. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    6,356
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2012
    Location:
    London, UK
    I recently posted a GAS thread about a D'Angelico guitar. Looking at the specs it boasts an unfinished neck, which avoids that poly stickiness that no one likes.

    This surprised me a bit. I have satin neck finishes, but I've never noticed a new guitar with an unfinished neck.

    I've de-finished a few of my necks - sanded off the poly and just let my greazzy hands do their thing, and you end up with a grubby looking, great-feeling neck.

    But as I said, I ain't never seen it on a new guitar before. I suppose it ends up wonderfully grubby and naturally sealed in time.
     
    nojazzhere likes this.
  15. Telepirate86

    Telepirate86 Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    209
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2019
    Location:
    NY

    I'm getting opinions before I spend 2 to 3 hundred on a neck, ya little dope.
     
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2020 at 5:18 PM
    nojazzhere likes this.
  16. tery

    tery Doctor of Teleocity

    Posts:
    10,297
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2012
    Location:
    Tennessee
    It will be OK :)
     
  17. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    57
    Posts:
    7,441
    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2014
    Location:
    Antelope, California
    I've gotten three unfinished necks (separate orders) that spent two months on a boat coming from China. Never had a problem with warpage or anything. Unless it's unseasoned or goes through something really unusual weatherwise, I think it should be a non-issue.

    Plus if it arrives messed up, just send it back.
     
    nojazzhere and tery like this.
  18. TwangerWannabe

    TwangerWannabe Tele-Meister

    Age:
    42
    Posts:
    322
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2019
    Location:
    West Coast
    I'll say it again and quote you..."atmospheric damages". That's pretty funny.

    Practice more. You're spending more time racking your brain with all these useless what-if's. Do you think the company would sell and ship out unfinished necks if they were vulnerable to "atmospheric damages" (whatever that even is) from shipping? It's going to be packed up in a box, "ya little dope" (to quote you again).
     
  19. Telepirate86

    Telepirate86 Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    209
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2019
    Location:
    NY
    I couldnt say, maybe not intentionally? But either way I got the info I was looking for. The only thing that brought me back to this thread was the notification of your reply, which elicited an image of someone with tape between his eyeglasses, typing and snickering, wearing carpal tunnel braces.
     
    TwangerWannabe likes this.
  20. TwangerWannabe

    TwangerWannabe Tele-Meister

    Age:
    42
    Posts:
    322
    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2019
    Location:
    West Coast
    C'mon, man. Thats a freshman reply. Weak sauce.

    But I guess thats what you do while you're all nervous waiting for that unfinished neck to arrive. I mean, how do you sleep at night, wondering if that neck will arrive without any atmospheric damage? Oh, the waiting must be agony!
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.