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

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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. loopfinding

    loopfinding Friend of Leo's

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    They advertised this as vintage tint in 2011. I don’t know how much it’s darkened since then. Looks just right to me.

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  2. Obsessed

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    The very pale ones remind me of Squiers too. I can’t stand the look.
     
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    I've heard of people doing that, but have never tried it.
     
  4. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Yeah, the light ones are almost white. and a few models have real yellow tint.
    Strangely, the Fender replacement necks I've seen seem to have good color.
    Even my expensive Clapton Strat has an icky white neck.
     
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  5. oldunc

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    Maple is a pale wood. Fender guitars have many fine points, but I think it should be faced- they're ugly as sin. I deal with it by not looking.
     
  6. JDB2

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    The maple neck on my brand new Ultra Luxe Strat looked too orange to me at first but now I dig it. The painted headstock grew on me as well. Awesome neck overall. Smooth as butter!

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    I'd rather have a super pale one than one that has been stained to look like an old one.
     
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    nah


    Pale necks turn gold/amber(ish) after time and exposure.

    the tinted ones look goofy
     
  9. David Barnett

    David Barnett Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I guess we need a time machine to go back and see how pale new necks were in the '50s?

    The difference is that today's finishes are more colorfast than what was used in olden tymes.
     
  10. Cosmic Cowboy

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    I have never given any thought to it. I am a 'function over form' guy. I will say though, the Player series I bought last year is the lightest colored fretboard I own.
     
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    boneyguy Doctor of Teleocity

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    To get technical, they aren't dyed....the finish is tinted before spraying. Not that it makes any difference as to whether you like it or not....oh, and you're wrong....tinted is better. ;)
     
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    the vintera necks look pretty good to me...not too much tint but not as pale as others
     
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    nvilletele Friend of Leo's

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    I once had one of those pumpkin-y looking AVRI models they had for a while. Ugh. Sold that one. And eventually sold the other, which I think is the one in my avatar. Down to three Teles now, two CS and one 8602.
     
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    Nice tele. Played one like that recently. Amazing neck.
     
  15. Fret Wilkes

    Fret Wilkes Friend of Leo's

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    I bought the best neck I've ever had from Warmoth. It's a vintage spec, Boatneck profile, Strat neck. When I ordered it I just got clear gloss. I should have ordered vintage tint. When i go the neck it was so pale it almost looks pinkish in some light. I'd never order it like that again, but this neck is so good that I deal with it, and I'm waiting for it to "darken up". Let's GO! lol

    So yeah, totally agree on the white maple necks. To paraphrase John Lennon: "Just give me some tint, all I want is some tint!"

    EDIT: I'll add that my 2000 AV52RI Tele looked great right out of the box, and my old 1998 50's Classic Tele both had a great tint on the neck, so perhaps it's those "vintage" models that get the treatment I like.
     
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    83 Squier SQ Stratocaster MIJ necks have aged well !!!

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    From a playing position, while the guitar is strapped on and in use...
    I rarely ever notice anything like that.

    Are you buying them to hang on the wall maybe?
    Maybe different story then.
    Everyone has different uses for electric guitars, and I can understand and respect that.
     
  18. greenhornet

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    My American Pro Tele is quite pale, but my new Robert Cray Stratocaster is the opposite: too much tint. My 08 Stratocaster is just right.
     
  19. E5RSY

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    Lighter on a new instrument is actually closer to the truth than the "vintage" tinted finishes. These finishes look like they were essentially clear, except for the Precision Bass on the right. Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps, mid-1950's:

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    i think that's about as good of an example of doing it right as you could provide.
     
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