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Paisley Esquire neck gunk

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Sea tea, Nov 23, 2020.

  1. Sea tea

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    Just received this guitar and really enjoying it. Was playing it quite a bit and was noticing that my hands were feeling "dirty" afterwards. Didn't think much of it at the time.

    Today I decided to polish the frets since they were definitely not shiny or slick. After having the strings off and working on the frets I could see a putty like residue on the fingerboard. I cleaned it a polished it...what a difference. The back of the neck was the same so I gave it a quick acetone/simple green/polish treatment. It's now much smoother and cleaner- not glossy but shiny. Feels much better!

    I guess this was part of the Road Worn treatment? I understand artificial checking and wear, but gunk...no thanks.

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  2. El Tele Lobo

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    Glad you got the gunk out. Would love to see more picks of your paisley esquire.
     
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    Acetone on a lacquer finished neck? No wonder it feels smooth now. It probably has no finish. :D
     
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    I was aware of the potential so was very sparing and cautious. The finish was not compromised.

    Wondering- anyone know what they put on the neck for the Road Worn guitars?
     
  5. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    It's in the specs. Nitrocellulose lacquer. It's one of the main selling points of the Road Worn series. And acetone takes it right off.

    Is your acetone old? It should make a mess of any type of lacquer. But it does go bad IME. I've used very old acetone on lacquer as a cleaner (after testing first, of course).

    Also, some stuff that gets sold as acetone these days (especially over the counter in CA) is actually something much less harsh.

    If you just used a very tiny amount, then it probably just contributed to knocking back the finish a bit. Or if it has gone off over the decades, or is the fake acetone stuff sold in CA, then that's what saved your neck. Real, full strength acetone would have taken the finish right off.
     
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    Acetone on lacquer...... silly, silly, silly.
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  7. Sea tea

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    Thanks. I used a diluted California product which did not damage the lacquer. (I did do a spot test first).

    When I asked what they put on the neck I was referring to the gunky stuff.
     
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    Someone needs to stop playing in a chain mail suit.
     
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    I remember Don Mare buying an earlier Road Worn and he used I think Lacquer Thinner and before he knew it, he'd removed substantially all the finish on the body. Give the key words I've just entered a try on an Advanced Search and see what comes up.

    Anyway, I think there's a catalyzed sealer at the very least, on these necks and so I would be a little surprised if it stripped all the way back to bare wood.

    Also, Acetone is just one element in a potent blend of solvents, what I call Lacquer Thinner. There's Toluene, and some Alcohols, sometimes Xylene and the combination of these things into a cocktail, may be why Acetone would do one thing and Lacquer Thinner something much more.
     
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    Toluene ... isn't that what they made model glue out of in the '60s ?
     
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    SO.... no one has any idea what the "gunk" on the neck was? Just want to keep berating the guy for using acetone to clean it? LOL

    I, for one, AM wondering what the "gunk" could have been.... any guesses?
     
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    Zippo lighter fluid is supposed to work on most finishes as a cleaner according to people on this forum.
     
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    I love when the collective consciousness latches onto something, and then just beats the hell out of that dead horse....

    No idea on the gunk, but where's the fun in beating up gunk.
     
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    My 2011 50s Road Worn Blonde tele is a Nitro body with a Polyester urethane finished neck. The frets are not covered with poly.
     
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    Go easy there, it could be expensive rare relic'd tone gunk
     
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    Whatever the gunk was it’s gone now. I had to clean the fingerboard a few times, not with acetone, and the back of the neck as well. I used a green scotch pad (very lightly)on the back. The neck now is pristine and plays wonderfully.
    I assume the gunk was part of the aging process…
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    My guess is it was polishing compound that someone forgot to clean off the guitar before packaging.
     
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    Makes sense...but, since I've cleaned the neck and fingerboard a few times (even took a pad to the back of neck to refine the feel) the fingerboard looks like this after a relatively short time. I've not had this happen to my other guitars, especially so quickly.

    Thoughts?

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    I thought it was a city in central Texas...
     
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