I can't stand the shade of most current Fender maple necks

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Piotr, Jun 11, 2021 at 3:01 AM.

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The shade of current maple Fender necks

  1. Is just right

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  2. Too pale

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  1. Piotr

    Piotr Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I can't stand the colour of maple necks on most guitars that Fender is selling now, especially non-CS. Much too pale / whitish / yellowish for me (not sure how to call that shade). It makes the neck look as it did not belong with the body, but rather was a part coming from a different guitar. I don't get it. Is it just me?
     
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  2. Nick Fanis

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    Mine are fine

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    Piotr... looks like you're a perfect candidate for necks with rosewood or ebony fretboards! Those are quite nice. If the maple doesn't appeal... just pass on them.

    How about roasted maple? Does that look appeal to you?
     
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    More paler more better: my guitar necks can get darker with age but I don’t want them dyed.
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  5. hemingway

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    All maple necks end up looking roasted.

    It just takes about 8 years . . .
     
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    I’ve always thought the pale, no-tint necks looked odd and out of place. They look cheap like a Squier. I have a beautiful NOS 57 Custom Shop but it’s taken years for the neck to develop any minor coloration.
     
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  7. AAT65

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    No, they look gorgeous and classy! Those tinted necks look cheap.
    The way I see it, one man’s fish is another man’s poisson…
     
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    I can’t stand the tinted ones, they look way too fake, edit: well not fake...I guess just cheesy figuratively and literally!

    Most necks will yellow a little over time and when you have an artificial tint plus a natural tint it comes out a nasty orange

    With the tint...No thank you!
     
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    I see what you did there, and I like it.
     
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    I don't like the pale ones with satin finish. Don't like the look or the feel. But I have a couple pale necks that I know will get darker. I have a couple maple fret boards but I like the rosewood/ebony better for play. That's just me. But I shy away from those pale necks right from the beginning.
     
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    I don't care either way, does that make me a weirdo....
    What I really don't like is the use of the transition logo. I have it on a Tele and a Jag, but I'm not in love with it just looks too fat... Ymmv.
     
  12. That Cal Webway

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    It does to track quite a bit from the tone doesn't it.
     
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    I like the tint. It’s what a finished piece of wood looks like to me. The pale ones, especially satin finished, look like milled boards pulled off a shelf at a hardware store.

    It has nothing to do with looking “played in”, it’s just what a finished product made out of wood is supposed to look like, IMO.
     
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    I know you're talking current models, but here's an original unmolested neck on my '78 P Bass that has a combination. Fender didn't tint the fretboard but did tint the headstock. The two tints got mixed up and the 12 fret is tinted and a few close to the nut are too. I was told by a dealer that is one way to determine an original '70's neck.

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    They will get darker over time.
     
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    The neck on my 2017 AmPro is very pale. The shape and finish of the neck very much suit my hands. And now I have a Pavlovian response to seeing that very pale neck. It makes me happy even thinking about it, which seems weird to declare publicly but there it is.
     
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    My American Pro i is pretty pale, but doesn’t bother me. My American Pro ii is darker and matches the butterscotch blonde pretty well. I think they darkened the necks on all the American Pro ii guitars.
     
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    I had a Squier 51 with a very white neck. I rubbed it with some Kiwi brown shoe polish, wiped it off, and it looked fine. Not artificially tinted, just a shade darker.
     
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    It depends on the guitar. I defiantly do not like heavy amber tint. Sometimes roasted maple looks great, usually when it's raw, sometimes it looks too dark, especially with TruOil.

    I like the pale look on some guitars. This is my S type, not a Fender, but an example.

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    Wife bought me an ‘01 American Series for our first wedding anniversary. I remember thinking that the neck was really pale.
    It darkened some over time.

    Any piece of wood is unique unto itself. If you want uniformity you need tinted poly or whatever they use.
    I embrace uniqueness and individual characteristics.
     
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