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    i can now feel the skunk stripe on the neck

    Hey guys, This is my first post. I have a 1987 stingray. She has been my best friend since 1989.

    About ten years ago I began feeling a slight ridge on one side of the skunk stripe at about the 12th fret. Now I can feel both sides almost the entire length of the neck.

    The neck is straight. Truss rod adjustments are stable. The action is low and stable. I set it with very slight relief.

    I am in a semi arrid climate. I live in rual Bahia Brazil and luthiers are not common. I have some skills and would be willing to do the job with some guidance.

    There is not alot of info on the net about this for MM or Fender.

    Thanks in advace.
    RC

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    Hi and welcome to the forum. With out seeing it can’t really comment but it’s quite possibly nothing to worry about, you have probably played it and worn the nitrocellulose lacquer off the back of the neck so your bow starting to feel wood. That’s just a guess.
    Put a couple of photos of it up

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    Hey Danny thanks for the reply.

    Nothing really to take a picture of. You cant see it but you can feel it. I quess if you had a good camera and good zoom you could see some thing. It would be cool if shooting some lacquer would make the feel go away. It does seem to be weather sensitive. Sometimes worse than others.

    The one post I found years ago talked about there being not enough glue originally. The re gluing. Some commented on putting glue along side after slicing between the two woods with a razor blade. Others suggested remove, re install sand and finish.

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    Is there a crack in the paint along the skunkstripe?
    It lasted 30 years. I wouldn't repair it until the skunkstripe pops out.
    1979 StingRay natural maple

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    I agree with Bert. Refinishing or repair would likely cause more damage than good. To me it just sounds like it been played a lot. Embrace the mojo and keep putting miles on it !

    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
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    I can see the glue joins through the finish on just about every guitar I have that is more than a year old. Different pieces of wood expand and contract at different rates. Being able to "feel" the skunk stripe is pretty common on an old guitar with a lot of wear to the finish.

    If you press on the stripe, does it move inward? Is there any actual crack at the edge of it?
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    Hey guys thanks for the responses.

    I can see a very fine gap between the two types of wood. It doesnt seem to move at all. The truss rod adjustment are stable. The situation is the same with and with out strings on it. I will try and take pics later. The mojo is fine but man.....it is like a bump on your tongue. It is so fine but drives me crazy. What about adding some lacquer to the back of the neck?

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    I'm thinking you could lightly sand the neck and the stripe until its flush and then use the Birchwood Casey Tru Oil and wax for a nice hand rubbed Music Man finish on the entire neck.

    2018 Axis - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord - Tahitian Blue
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    2013 Albert Lee - BFR - Pinkburst
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle with an all rosewood neck
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    I have sanded it flush in the past. Not deep enough to get to wood but just to knock the ridge off. It works for about a day or so. I guess the different wood types react to weather changes differently.
    I am in rual Brazil not sure if Birchwood Casey is something I would find. Is it kin to lin seed oil

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    Yes, it is primarily linseed oil, with some other natural oils.

    2018 Axis - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord - Tahitian Blue
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Anniversary - Buttercream
    2013 Albert Lee - BFR - Pinkburst
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle with an all rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2012 Axis - PDN - Honeyburst
    2011 Axis - BFR - Black Sugar Roasted
    2009 Axis - Pink Quilt (Oinky)
    2006 StingRay - 30th Anniversary fretless
    1996 StingRay - 20th Anniversary

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    what is the wax part?

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    It’s another Birchwood Casey product.

    Gun Stock Wax - A high-quality formula combining protective and beautifying qualities of the finest carnauba, beeswax and silicone. Produces a lustrous water repellent film that will not rub off like oils.

    2018 Axis - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord - Tahitian Blue
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Anniversary - Buttercream
    2013 Albert Lee - BFR - Pinkburst
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle with an all rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2012 Axis - PDN - Honeyburst
    2011 Axis - BFR - Black Sugar Roasted
    2009 Axis - Pink Quilt (Oinky)
    2006 StingRay - 30th Anniversary fretless
    1996 StingRay - 20th Anniversary

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    Well , I sanded flush, applied a bit of raw linseed oil. I let that cure for a few days. Applied regular paste car wax, So far so good. It has been 2 days. I will report back after a few weeks.

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    We are looking forward to hearing how it went and seeing a picture, please.

    2018 Axis - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord - Tahitian Blue
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Anniversary - Buttercream
    2013 Albert Lee - BFR - Pinkburst
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle with an all rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2012 Axis - PDN - Honeyburst
    2011 Axis - BFR - Black Sugar Roasted
    2009 Axis - Pink Quilt (Oinky)
    2006 StingRay - 30th Anniversary fretless
    1996 StingRay - 20th Anniversary

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    Well after 5 days or so I can fell a slight edge. It has rained here in that time. She lives in a semi arrid climate so rain is quite a weather change. I will leave it alone for now but in a few weks I may repeat the process. I like the idea and the car wax actually feels really slick Here are some pics. These are post wax applcation.
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    Last edited by rcl; 04-23-2019 at 01:25 PM.

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