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I find that the maple neck on my Strat feels sticky after playing for a bit. It's an 86 or 87 Std, so I'm not sure of the finish type. I like fact it is starting to yellow with age and I DONT want to remove the finish at all.
I presume the frets are not stainless because they got crappy after over 10 years in storage. (I've since dressed them)

The strings feel tough to bend compared to my LP and Casino, and those both have 10's, but I am sure the Strat has 10's on it also. I think I'm going to try 9's or something more slinky, but in any case, I feel that the maple neck just feels slow and like much more "work", even tuned a half step down. (For SRV stuff)

Will something like auto wax (or similar) be of benefit without causing damage or discoloration?

Am I fighting because of scale length also?
 

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Scale length yes, much stiffer with the same strings on a Strat vs a 24.75" scale. Much.

2000 grit sandpaper. It will just scuff the finish of the back of the neck enough to make it slide nicely, without taking more than .0000000001" of material off. Seriously, it will buff right back up if you hate it.
 

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Scale length yes, much stiffer with the same strings on a Strat vs a 24.75" scale. Much.

2000 grit sandpaper. It will just scuff the finish of the back of the neck enough to make it slide nicely, without taking more than .0000000001" of material off. Seriously, it will buff right back up if you hate it.
Good grief how on earth did SRV ever bend those heavy strings?
Thanks for the suggestion. It's not so much the back of the neck it's the fretboard that bugs me. But I suppose it'll be the same result...I might try that
 

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Here come the opinions...

For the fret board, I use ernie ball fret oil. I do what the people who create the best necks in the business do.
 

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Here come the opinions...

For the fret board, I use ernie ball fret oil. I do what the people who create the best necks in the business do.
Are EB necks bare & oiled though? (no lacquer or poly? )
 

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I was thinking about this just yesterday, in my case it's the back of the neck of my Tele what feels sticky but it wasn't until I bought my strat deluxe that I noticed.
I guess I'll make my own thread not to hijack this one.
 
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