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    Sanding off lacquer from Stingray

    Has anyone sanded off the lacquer off the neck on a Stingray? I’m leaning heavily toward doing this, but wanted to see if anyone else had. Thanks


    Axis Hardtail TransPurple #89749 (3/28/97)
    Reflex Classic White #G71108 (7/14/14)
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    StarryNight #G79870 (12/14/16)
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    Quote Originally Posted by radrock View Post
    Has anyone sanded off the lacquer off the neck on a Stingray? I’m leaning heavily toward doing this, but wanted to see if anyone else had. Thanks
    Not on a stingray but I have done it to my 7ender Jazz. It had a thick polyurethane lacquer that I just couldn’t get on with so even though it looked nice it had to go.
    Oil & wax for me on all my basses and guitars.

    It’s not the nicest of jobs to do depending on what the lacquer is (I’m suspecting poly so chemicals won’t work) . Sanding it off is messy and time consuming (and comes with complications) my chosen approach is to warm it up in short bursts with a heat gun and peel it off, then finish with fine paper, wire wool etc

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

    https://www.facebook.com/DanSmithBassist/

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    So you got a BFR stingray, and are gonna sand the neck? Just use some scotch brite and make it more 'satin' feeling.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    So you got a BFR stingray, and are gonna sand the neck? Just use some scotch brite and make it more 'satin' feeling.
    I totally overlooked the BFR part. My j is plain maple so got away with it to an extent. If it’s flame/birds eye etc the lacquer is pretty important to the finish

    But the Scotch Bright sounds like a perfect solution, I’m going to try that. Only got one painted neck that can’t and won’t oil and wax.
    I’ll let you know how I get on
    Last edited by danny-79; 07-27-2019 at 01:51 AM.

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

    https://www.facebook.com/DanSmithBassist/

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    Dulling the finish with a Scotch pad. Great idea and easily reversed, in fact it reverses it’s self. Will be giving that a go !

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

    https://www.facebook.com/DanSmithBassist/

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    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    Dulling the finish with a Scotch pad. Great idea and easily reversed, in fact it reverses it’s self. Will be giving that a go !
    Me too! Thanks for the ideas everyone.


    Axis Hardtail TransPurple #89749 (3/28/97)
    Reflex Classic White #G71108 (7/14/14)
    Cutlass
    StarryNight #G79870 (12/14/16)
    Stingray BFR
    Natural#G59581 (10/3/17). FS
    REVERB

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    I should mention, the "scotch brite" method is one I heard first over at the Carvin forum, and then also Greg at BCR music does the same thing. It's far less work, and most importantly doesn't involve major alterations.

    BFR instruments often have binding, which is probably why it is finished. EBMM necks that are bound always get a finish, as the oil/wax blend really doesn't work well with binding.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    Dulling the finish with a Scotch pad. Great idea and easily reversed, in fact it reverses it’s self. Will be giving that a go !
    Just how is it reversible?


    Axis Hardtail TransPurple #89749 (3/28/97)
    Reflex Classic White #G71108 (7/14/14)
    Cutlass
    StarryNight #G79870 (12/14/16)
    Stingray BFR
    Natural#G59581 (10/3/17). FS
    REVERB

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    Quote Originally Posted by radrock View Post
    Just how is it reversible?
    As you play the guitar, as with a satin finish, you gradually "buff out" the satin finish and it almost becomes gloss.
    2007 Stingray 5 HS Cherry Burst / Maple FB / 3 Band EQ / Ceramic Pickups
    2012 Stingray 5 H Pearl Blue / Rosewood FB / 3 Band EQ/ AlNiCo Pickup
    2012 Steve Morse Morse Blueburst / Rosewood FB
    2012 Luke III SSH Vintage Sunburst / Rosewood Neck

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    Quote Originally Posted by radrock View Post
    Just how is it reversible?
    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    As you play the guitar, as with a satin finish, you gradually "buff out" the satin finish and it almost becomes gloss.
    Exactly that, the scotch pad has just taken the shine off it. As you play it it will inevitably shine its self back up and need redoing after a period of time.
    Or if you don’t like it, it will soon polish back up to how it was before
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    Last edited by danny-79; 07-29-2019 at 05:40 AM.

    StingRay 4HH. SapphireBlack.2006
    StingRay 4H. Buttercreme. 2005
    StingRay 4H. ”SunBlue”. 2005
    Bongo 4H. Sapphire Black. 2005
    GENZ-BENZ & ORANGE amps...

    https://www.facebook.com/DanSmithBassist/

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    Makes perfect sense. Thank you.


    Axis Hardtail TransPurple #89749 (3/28/97)
    Reflex Classic White #G71108 (7/14/14)
    Cutlass
    StarryNight #G79870 (12/14/16)
    Stingray BFR
    Natural#G59581 (10/3/17). FS
    REVERB

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    Total night and day difference after taking a Scotch Brite pad to the neck. Anybody on the fence should do it. My guitar feels so much better now.


    Axis Hardtail TransPurple #89749 (3/28/97)
    Reflex Classic White #G71108 (7/14/14)
    Cutlass
    StarryNight #G79870 (12/14/16)
    Stingray BFR
    Natural#G59581 (10/3/17). FS
    REVERB

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