Your guitar sounds good, you love how it looks, but… there’s one problem.  The neck feels sticky!  In this article, we’ll show you how to get a faster feeling guitar in only 4 simple steps by deglossing/satinizing your guitar.

This isn’t as big a problem on guitars like PRS that use a high quality gloss, but more often than not, cheaper guitars will have a very sticky feeling gloss finish on them.

Luckily, removing the gloss on a guitar neck isn’t rocket science, and it’s something you can do without spending much money!

Step 1:  Preparation

You don’t have to do this step, although I would recommend it.  Preparing for the sanding we’re about to do isn’t much work anyways.  All you have to do is unbolt your guitar neck if it’s a bolt on, or tie a garbage bag around the body of the guitar.  This will ensure that little dust particles from the sanding we’re about to do don’t get all over your guitar.

Step 2:  Pick a Tool

I recommend using sandpaper, but if you’re ultra lazy then you can get away with using Scotchbrite or even steel wool.  If you’re using sandpaper, which you really should be, then grab a few different grits.  I usually start with 500 and then use a finer grit as I go, usually ending on 1500.

Step 3:  Start Scrubbing   

Go at it, and try to make sure you’re removing the finish equally, otherwise you might end up with a very odd feeling neck.  Initially, you’ll notice the dust coming off the guitar is white, and then it will eventually turn to a brownish hue.  You can really go as far as you want, but I like to stop as soon as the finish feels matte/satin.  I know that doesn’t help you much, but what feels good to each person will vary.  Just take it slowly and rub your fingers along the neck where you’ve sanded to see if you like that feeling.  If not, keep going!  Don’t forget to cycle to different sandpaper to smoothen things out.

Step 4:  Seal it

The reason guitars are finished is to prevent the elements from affecting the neck too much.  Now that we removed a lot (or maybe all) of the finish, we need to seal the guitar to make sure we don’t end up with a warped neck.

You can do this a few different ways, but the easiest method is tru oil.  Another option is mixing shellac and rubbing alcohol.  Just pour half and half of each together, mix them up and apply it to the neck.  A few days later, go over the neck again with 0000 steel wool a little, and you should be good to go!
…and that’s it.  You’re good to go.  See?  It was easy!  If you liked this article, then read a few more.

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