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Solution to sticky neck & strings?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Delta63, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. telewacked

    telewacked Tele-Holic

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    True. I rub my fingertips on my forehead occassionally if my strings are feely a bit tacky.
     
  2. Delta63

    Delta63 Tele-Holic

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    I've experimented, In the end I sanded my neck and changed to EB titanium RPS Slinky 11-54 strings.

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  3. Geo

    Geo Friend of Leo's

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    Take little dab of furniture oil on a cloth and run up and down the strings a few
    or use Finger Ease.

    Wax the neck with clear Martin or similar Carnuba. Buff it really good until you
    feel a little heat on the neck. Don't use Pledge.

    Clean the fret board when you change strings. That is where a lot of the gunk
    comes from.

    Keep your hands clean and dry.

    Don't drag your palm along the back of the neck. You'll be surprised how
    much better your notes sound.
     
  4. Wayne Alexander

    Wayne Alexander Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    +1...I use a small amount of Lemon Oil that I wipe on the back of the neck and then lightly wipe off the neck and strings. Seems to work pretty good but I'll have to give "Finger Ease" a shot too.
     
  6. gtrplyr335

    gtrplyr335 TDPRI Member

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    Sticky strings and neck. Outdoor gigs in the summer heat. This may sound crazy but please stay with me. When I do outside summer gigs I bring my magic bag with me. A clear, zip-lock sandwich bag. Inside the bag I place a white handkerchief with baby powder on it. Periodically I unzip the bag, place my left hand inside and then shake off the excess powder. Nice and smooth for at least the next several songs. It doesn't seem to hurt the strings and it's a quick fix for sticky hands. Anyone else try this crazy method? ? ?
     
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    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I've been using baby powder for years.
     
  8. charlie chitlin

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    Do not use steel wool.
    Little splinters and dust come off and are attracted by the magnets in your pickups.
    I don't know why you don't like Scotch Brite, but it is very easy to use.
    If you are afraid to do it, take it to someone who knows how.
    Maybe you thought you had to take the finish off. You don't.
    I've knocked the shine off dozens of necks.
    It takes light pressure and about 10 seconds.
    I like #600 sandpaper.
    I like Finger Ease, too.
    I don't always need it, but when I do, it's great.
    I bought a big ol' can of food grade silicone for about 1/4 the price, but the little can is a lot more convenient.
     
  9. Stu Cazz

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    I used a long time fast fret for the strings only, didn't want to rub that stuff over my Les Paul's nitro finish. All others I own have satin necks, so no problem there. But then I thought I could just try to use white mineral oil for that purpose, wich I think is the main ingredient in GHS fast fret and also in Gibsons fretboard conditioner. And it works really good. I ordered a 500 ml bottle wich will last my whole lifetime. I use a small amount on the strings and it prolongs their lifetime x3.
    Keeps em uncorroded and well...fast. Oh and I even fixed a crackling potentiometer with it, it's non conductive.
     
  10. poboy

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    I use a bottle of mineral oil to "recharge" the Fast Fret applicator periodically.
     
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