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Old 07-19-2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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Does anyone have an opinion on this? A strong preference?

I am buying a new neck for my Strat, and I have a choice in finishes/woods. I can get a satin finish or a gloss finish with a maple or a rosewood board.

I am thinking that satin rosewood is my best bet. I like the left hand movement over satin finishes the best. All of my boards but one are a rosewood. The other is a gloss maple, which I really like the board on. It is slick a bit and takes bends really well. I don't like the back of the neck, as it can be a bit tacky when moving my left hand up and down.

And I'm going, shit. I don't know. I'd be really curious about a satin maple. I'd like the back of the neck better, but the board wouldn't be as slick and bendy. I guess gloss rosewood would probably be out, but the other 3 combinations still seem reasonable.

Has anybody yet completed their struggle with neck finishes? For some reason, I never thought about it until I started shopping for this Strat neck.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:23 PM   #2
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Generally I prefer a satin finish but my prs has a gloss one that plays great even when you et clammy hands so have a good feel of the neck if possible and go for the one you prefer.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:27 PM   #3
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Glossy to me depends solely on the material used to finish the neckback. Like the other poster, I have a gloss neckback PRS that is silky smooth and offers no resistance, on the other end, I have a gloss neckback maple neck strat that is almost unplayable in the summer due to tackiness and swear from my hands.

The satin still covers nicely and will take a while of playing before it glosses over from hand polishing.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:45 PM   #4
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I prefer satin over gloss, but all my guitars are gloss and play just as well.
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I've always been partial to the maple/maple necks and I prefer a satan finish. I know gloss makes bends a bit easier, but I prefer to have my back not so slick and can still bend fine.
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I prefer satin over gloss, and have taken 0000 steel wool to the backs of necks to take the gloss off.

For the fretboards, I really dislike finished maple. I prefer oiled wood there, and generally rosewood, unless it's a Tele -- I think Teles should have maple fbs.
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:56 AM   #7
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I'm going to get the satin rosewood. It's out of stock, but it's the safest bet. I can make myself wait I guess. I'm doing a lot of minor acquisitions today and tomorrow, but the neck and associated do-dads will have to wait. It's a GFS neck I am thinking of. I decided it would have to be better quality than my current neck with the recessed fret ends. I'm going to try out a couple of their pedals in the process. I decided not to get a guitar at this point. If the quality of their gear continues to be good, I still have my eye on a purple HSS guitar for later this year.
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Old 07-20-2012, 05:40 AM   #8
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On a satin finish neck with maple fretboard, the back is satin, and the fretboard is usually gloss. Perhaps you could enquire if this is the case.
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Im a big fan of the satin back gloss maple fingerboard neck.
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Old 07-20-2012, 11:53 AM   #10
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I like the feel of satin but gloss doesn't bother me, and I think gloss looks better. Most of my guitars are satin but wasn't considered as a selling point. Most rosewood fretboards are not finished and feel similar to a satin finish.

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