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simmonsdon

United States/GA

simmonsdon
Feb 24th, 2017 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

To all: I had a 2005 Mexican Strat that I bought brand new at the time, and have been kicking myself for selling it. I am in the market to buy another, but I prefer unfinished necks. Does anyone know the range of years that the Mexican Standard Strats' had unfinished necks? As I remember, mine had an unfinished neck that felt very good to me (at least it felt like an unfinished neck).
Thanks!

(This message was last edited by simmonsdon at 04:01 PM, Feb 24th, 2017)

Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Feb 24th, 2017 02:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have never seen a factory stock MIM Strat without a finished neck. Maybe you mean satin finish rather than gloss?

BrentD
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Feb 24th, 2017 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hammond101 is tight. It was probably a satin finish, very thin to save on costs. The newer ones have a similar finish except they've glossed up the maple boards. If you get a rosewood one, it shouldn't feel too gloopy.

They changed fret sizes and other specs in 2006, so keep that in mind.

simmonsdon

United States/GA

simmonsdon
Feb 25th, 2017 06:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks very much. It must have been a satin finish. I definitely prefer that over the gloss maple fret board.

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Feb 25th, 2017 07:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If it's the back of the neck you're most concerned with, it's an easy fix. A few passes with a Scotchbrite pad will make a gloss neck a satin one. Works like a charm. No need to apply lots of pressure; just back and forth a few times. You may need to repeat the procedure periodically.

Mick Reid
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Feb 25th, 2017 05:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^^^What stratcowboy said^^^

Done this on a couple of necks. Works a treat!

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Feb 26th, 2017 05:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's Gal's explanation

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Purple Valley
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Feb 26th, 2017 06:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The only problem I have with my satin finish MIM Standard neck is the durned skunk stripe. You can feel the seam all around the stripe, where it meets the maple. I've never noticed this phenomenon on a Strat neck before. Not a huge deal, but kind of annoying.

BrentD
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By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Feb 26th, 2017 08:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

About the gloss boards they have now - the backs of the necks are still satin-finished.

Purple: I have experienced this on many Fender necks, too. Even well-hydrated ones.

simmonsdon

United States/GA

simmonsdon
Feb 27th, 2017 10:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, I think all of you are correct. I prefer the satin finish on the back of the neck and the fretboard. I don't care at all for the feel of the glossy fretboard. I suppose I will continue my search for a Strat like I had before (I really wish I had kept it).
Thanks to all for your comments and info.

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
May 31st, 2017 07:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"The only problem I have with my satin finish MIM Standard neck is the durned skunk stripe. You can feel the seam all around the stripe, where it meets the maple. I've never noticed this phenomenon on a Strat neck before. Not a huge deal, but kind of annoying."

My 07 which is slightly younger than "Mid" 2K has the same issue, it becomes a bit more noticeable in humid weather as it seems to "bulge" for lack of a better term. Some days it's flush,some days not. Not really an issue for me other than I don't like that much wood movement. Doesn't seem to affect anything at all though.

Skydog6653

Usa

Jun 5th, 2017 06:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Scotchbrite pad for satinizing

Standard24

San Antonio, Texas

Jun 25th, 2017 08:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I must be the only person left on Earth that still prefers a glossy maple neck. I do spray my neck and fretboard with "finger ease".

I've had about 100 Mexican Strats... (Bought 3 yesterday.) The "Standard Strat" seldom has much gloss. A little talc or fretboard spray should slick things up just fine without changing your guitar permanently.

(I have a PRS CE that the previous owner sanded the neck down. It plays and feels OK, but I HATE the look.)

ejm

usa

Jun 26th, 2017 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Standard24: Are you talking about the back of the neck, or the fingerboard, or both?
Which parts do you like finished, or unfinished?


rockstar_not

USA

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Jul 6th, 2017 10:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had an early 2000's MIM Fat Strat, and the finish was so thin on the back of the neck that in some places it felt unfinished. However, those places never discolored, and I determined that it was just inconsistent finish, rather than unfinished. I just bought a MIC Squier strat with a 'sand' finish - supposed to be satin, but it feels pretty darned grainy. Just did a fret-end dressing, and next is to polish the gritty feel down a little bit.

jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Jul 14th, 2017 05:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I must admit that I once lightly scuffed the back of the neck of my MiM for the same reasons. It's a rose board however. Over time, it just went gloss again from hand polishing. I figured that I'd rather have a little bit of sticky than a naked and dirty neck.

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