Pale Neck Tele

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  1. Singles Forever

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    cool. Do you find that it's a little bit uneven? What's the colour like? In the pictures it looks almost burgundy.
     
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    You could smoke tons of cigarettes in your house that'll darken her up. Seriously though, pale maple necks bother me too I get it
     
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    That's just the photograph.

    In natural light, it is nice and even, and just a soft shade of brown.

    I'll do the rest of the neck this weekend, (except for the maple fingerboard of course).

    :)
     
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    My favourite Cab came new with a pale, anaemic looking neck. A few years down the line, after being played a lot and kept out of a case, it's toned down quite a bit.
     
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    Agreed. Guitars are meant to be played....and looked at....and drooled on...but mostly played.....:lol::lol::lol:
     
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    LOL. You just met the first player who doesn't care what their guitar looks like!

    Although I own a Martin Siris acoustic, I sometimes bring my beat up, humble backpacker to jams, and open mics just for the fun of it. If it had a pickup in it I would use it on gigs too.
    I'm a fairly accomplished player. The looks and comments I get after throwing down with my Martin Backpacker are priceless. People just don't expect to hear cool sounds from humble instruments.

    I'm not saying one approach is right over the other but, to say a light neck is messing with your "inspiration a bit," is kinda funny. I would enjoy hearing a recording of you playing your guitar now, and then re-record the identical clip after the neck is darker. It would be a fun experiment.
     
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    I can only admire the way you’re coping with this terrible problem. So glad I have nothing as psychologically damaging to worry about. I know it’s not the answer but, at least until you can get professional help...........DON’T STAND UP!
     
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    Why not the fretboard too? I did my complete neck on the Squier.
     
  9. Singles Forever

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    Sounds like you do care what your guitars look like. You thrive on the idea of playing humble looking guitars, and have put a value of 'priceless' on people's reaction to the look of your guitar. That's a high value.

    You just care in a different way.
     
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    That's like saying novelists shouldn't decorate their offices in ways that inspire them because it won't improve their WPM on a typing test.


    Whoa... Thanks man, for a minute there I almost forgot this was the internet
     
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    As much as I truly appreciate the experiments of Sparky2, I think I'm going to go the patient route and give this guy a few minutes in the sun every day. I actually don't like my necks very dark like most people... I like them light but with just a touch of tint. This neck should have that quite quickly.

    If it wasn't an American guitar I would probably just sand the neck down and redo it with about 8 coats of Tru oil. I've had amazing luck with that on my other guitars. I even did about six coats on a Flying V project and it took on this very gorgeous colour.

    But this one I want to preserve.
     

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    Yikes - that is quite a contrast! It would bother me too. That is why I don't wear shorts in the summer...
     
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    Brilliant response! Love it!
     
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    You could try a liquid brown polish on the underside of the neck heel to see how it looks first. I wouldn’t go straight for a full on neck wipe unless you are sure it will look better.
     
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    idiot
     
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    I just restrung the guitar recently, and don't feel like taking the strings off.

    Once strings go on (and this is just me, I'm weird) they stay on until the next official string change.

    :(
     
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    I actually thought of that...taking the necknoff and doing the part at the joint.
     
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    I suppose you could slack them up enough to apply it under the strings, but it would likely get on them anyway.
     
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    This is true.

    I'll just wait until string-change time.

    And then the problem is keeping the Kiwi from caking up next to the frets.
    And of course, the difference in color on the headstock between the bare wood and the headstock waterslide.
    That might end up looking jacked-up.

    Probably best to just treat the back and sides of the neck, and leave the fingerboard and headstock alone.

    Oh what a tangled web we deign
    when first we practice our neck to stain

    :(
     
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    Am I crazy or can I see a a difference already after 2 days by a sunny window?
     
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