Pale Neck Tele

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  1. Singles Forever

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    Hey ya'll.

    I have an American Special telecaster and I really love the guitar. The neck feels unbeatable and the Callaham Bridge adds bundles to the playability. Sounds huge and squishy-thick with the Rainville hand wound 55 era pickups I put in too.

    Only one problem: I recently started playing only while standing up, so I can't really see the beautiful sunburst look anymore. All I see is a VERY pale creamy white satin neck. Its currently messing with my inspiration a bit. When I was playing sitting down it didn't bother me because I always had the axe at a slight angle and could thus see the body and fingerboard together. It was a better visual experience.

    Does anybody know a way to darken it WITHOUT any sanding of the satin finish? For me its best neck I've ever played so I don't wanna ruin it.

    Does the Kiwi polish thing work directly on top of a satin finish? I can't see how it possibly would, yet I've strangley heard people say that it does.

    Sun tan? Tanning bed? Lights?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    dirty hands?
     
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    image.jpg image.jpg I don’t know what the finish on that neck is like. I have a Squier that had a very pale looking neck . Not afraid to take a chance I wiped Orange Glo furniture cleaner over the neck then wiped it off again. I did this the next string change as well and got more of an amber color on the neck as well as making the grain stand out more.
    The only down side could be that it made the fingering areas dark. I like it better that way . Also some don’t like a glossy neck. Test it on some less important wood and see what you think, there is probably a way to remove it but I never tried
    The guitar is an 09 model and I’ve played the heck out of it
     
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    I'm gonna run out and get me some orangs-glo furniture cleaner
     
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    Yeah, in a couple of years you'll think, wow, that neck has really darkened - as long as you don't keep it in its coffin.
     
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    Sunglasses!

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    blue metalflake Doctor of Teleocity

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    If the neck feels as good as you say, I’d not mess with it just for looks
     
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    Just give it some time it will eventually darken a little

    I prefer a natural maple neck than something that looks artificially tinted


    Without sanding chances are results will be less than desirable
     
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    This is an unusual situation, for sure.

    I can't think of a down-side to rubbing some brown Kiwi (shoe polish) onto the back and sides of the neck.
    Leave it on for ten minutes, and then buff off the excess.
    See if it darkens anything, even just a bit.

    Even if it's just a tad darker, maybe that'll provide the psychological boost to your inspiration.
    Two, maybe three coats will be necessary.

    If you have reservation about it harming the satin finish, I would be willing to give it a go on one of my own satin finish necks, and rendering a report on the outcome.

    I'm a man of science, and am always up for a good experiment.

    :)
     
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    If you play in a dark room, and wear sunglasses, it shouldn't be an issue ...

    Always works for me ...
     
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    That’s better than having a redneck Tele...they’ll throw a party at your house while you’re gone and you’ll end up with an old Camaro on blocks in your front yard.
     
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    It will darken up over time. You must have patience Grasshopper.
     
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    Ah, but you are in Montreal. This is a place where the sun forgets to shine, sometimes, no?

    If you will search over there in the DIY section, you will find several reports of using UV (ultraviolet) light to accomplish the very result you seek. Ordinarily, I do searches like this as a courtesy, but the birds in the chestnut tree across the street are telling me that you need to improve your DIY search techniques.

    Go. Search. Find the color that will inspire your playing.

    The birds also say that the world needs inspired playing.
     
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    wow. seriously? well if you are willing to take one for the team that would be amazing! You're like Jesus and Batman put together!!
     
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    Will it actually darken on a rack inside a room with no windows?
     
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    the neck will darken with time, better than the weirdo looking yellow "tint" some guitars have.
     
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  20. Singles Forever

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    but in a basement?
     
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