Pale Neck Tele

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  1. hemingway

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    Er . . . really slowly.
     
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  2. Singles Forever

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    what if I put it in front of window when I'm not playing it?
     
  3. Telecentric

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    The shoe polish trick works. Tried it on the day-glo white neck on a Squier Tele and it came out nice. Just wipe some on, let it sit about 5 minutes and wipe it off. Work with small sections or it will dry making it harder to wipe.
     
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    If you play with your eyes closed it can really help you to focus on the way you are playing.
     
  5. hemingway

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    Normal daylight can darken pale wood very quickly. It seems to work fastest with pine, which can go from almost white to honey coloured in a matter of weeks.

    Maple is going to take a lot longer, though. You might not notice much difference for a year or two.
     
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    Sometimes you have to close your eyes to see.:cool:
     
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    Maple or rosewood fingerboard? Whatever you apply, try it on an inconspicuous area first! I am not a fan of the shoe polish look (unless you can find yellow show polish) because I think it makes the neck look dirty. I would try the Orange Glo or any oil first, but it may have the same effect. I wouldn't bother refinishing the neck, but if you are so inclined, I would consider just an overspray with tinted poly that isn't as likely to wear through to the white.

    You may also want to consider buying a custom neck made to your specs, or perhaps a roasted neck. Then sit your existing neck in a sunny area and rotate it from time to time and hope for the best. Remove a tuner from time to time and see when you start to get tan lines. Then you will know it is darkening. But two necks are better than one!
     
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    also let it rest in a window with a lot of sunlight
     
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    Really? I don't mean to be rude but, really?
    I suppose there are a number of player who do concern themselves more with the visual aesthetics of playing instead of the sonic dynamics.
     
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    Whaaaa? Every single guitar player cares about how their guitars look. That's why we post pics for NGD posts instead of sound clips. Looking cool playing guitar gets me smooches!

    If there's one thing I would change about my Bullet Tele it would be the bone white wood on the neck and headstock. Thanks all for the info!
     
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    I have an American Special that I use as one of my main giging guitars. It use to look pretty pale, but it has darkened up over the years. A few longer outdoor gigs and occasionally leaving it out near the window in my office helped.

    I used to have a FSR MIM tele that had the palest neck I've ever seen. No amount of sunlight changed that, but it may have had a different finish than the Special's satin finish.
     
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    As mentioned already. Keep it near a window with sunlight.

    You could also bury in in the yard a month.
     
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    Any player who does that is a loser. Thank God I didn't.
     
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    Okay, so I chose my green Tele made for me by Danny Matthews, a local mad scientist/amp-builder.
    :)
    Kiwi 1.jpg

    The neck is satin and pale, and I rubbed in one good coat of brown Kiwi, and let it set for a bit over ten minutes.
    I only treated about a six inch section, just around the edge of the back of the headstock, down three inches below the start of the skunk stripe.

    :eek:

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    I buffed it all off nicely, and then photographed it at approximately the same aspect and angle.
    It looks nice, and is only just a bit darker.
    I plan to do the rest of the neck (minus the fingerboard), and then buff a little carnauba wax over it, for sealing.

    ;)

    Kiwi 3.jpg
     
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    Subtle, right?

    Barely discernable.

    But that's just one application.

    :)
     
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    I feel ya on this one. I had an American professional bsb tele that I loved- except for that white neck. It actually got to me so much I ended up selling it in spite of it playing and feeling so great.
     
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    Grow a potbelly. Problem solved :D
     
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    Yep. Don't listen to us, OP. Paint your neck purple if you want to.
     
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    I suppose there's a certain inspiration that can come from a visual aesthetic. But my inspiration comes from hearing what I play.
    Having said that, there are some butt-ugly guitars out there that I wouldn't want to even pick up.
     
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    You're literally a genius. I think I'll also become a black man, play a hollow body, and play very simple blues licks with incredibly pronounced vibrato on the minor 3rd and tonic.
     
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