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    Unfinished neck question.....

    I am thinking about buying an Ernie Ball Music Man Axis and I would like some tips on how to look after the neck. I know this model has an unfinished neck and I am unsure about neck maintenance. So can any of you tell me the do's and don'ts with an unfinished neck such as:

    - the use of oils and cleaning
    - the types of weather that can cause the neck to warp and possible prevention
    - should the guitar be kept in a case or can it stay outside
    - etc.

    I would really appreciate the feedback so I can be sure this guitar can me properly looked after.
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    Peavey had a really nice pdf on care for Wolfgang necks (the same would hold true for the EBMM's.) I must have deleted it from "my documents." Maybe someone out there has it or you could try to email Peavey for a copy.

    Good Luck!!

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    This comes from the Wolfgang report, published in 1998 on Van-Halen.com

    Since the Wolfgang's neck is totally unfinished, some regular maintenance is required to get rid of all the dirt and residue left behind that results from routine playing. Although I'm sure there are many procedures that can get the job done, I feel these two techniques really produce the best results.

    Technique #1 -- For lighter or more frequent cleanings:

    There's a great product on the market called Endust (that specific brand name, which comes in a red can -- don't use Pledge or any other substitute!!!), which is a no-wax cleaning spray specifically designed for use on fine furniture. I have used the product for several years with outstanding results on different varieties of rosewood as well as ebony, and most recently on my own Wolfgang. Before endorsing this product here, I contacted Endust's parent company, Kiwi Brands Inc., to ensure its safe use on unfinished wood surfaces like the Wolfgang's maple neck. I discovered that Endust leaves behind no residue, and is completely free of fluorocarbons; it's mild cleaning formula is primarily alcohol-based; and that it's only other ingredients besides the little bit of fragrance (which disappears completely) are all-natural, citrus-based oils. This is a perfect combination of ingredients for cleaning your Wolfgang's neck, which you will see more details about as you read further.

    In a nutshell, It's a great, safe way to clean and condition your Wolf's neck and fingerboard at the same time!

    MY instructions for use on the Wolfgang (somewhat contrary to the directions on the can) are:

    1) SHAKE WELL!

    2) Spray a small amount onto a clean, soft, dry cloth, spraying from a few inches away, NOT directly onto the wood like the can's instructions describe. Doing so lets the propellants from the can disperse, in addition to evenly distributing the citrus oils rather than having them accumulate in certain spots. Also, you have far more control over application when using a cloth, and there's no need to completely saturate your Wolfgang's neck -- you will get big cleaning results with relatively small amounts of the product.

    3) Clean the neck and fingerboard thoroughly... and don't leave any excess behind. Obviously, this works best during a string change, when you have some open fingerboard space and clean strings to work with.

    This technique is great for more regular cleanings, and should last for three weeks to a month depending on how much you play.

    Technique #2 -- For SERIOUS cleaning:

    (Editor's Note: ***This technique is reserved for those of you who have some experience with guitar maintenance. I don't recommend that novice guitarists employ this cleaning procedure; if you're not totally comfortable with performing the steps detailed here, don't proceed! And, as always, don't be afraid to seek assistance from a qualified experienced player, or preferably, a guitar technician. Read the directions carefully!***)

    I recently contacted a guitar service department guru at Peavey to get the current scoop on what the fine folks down south do to clean the Wolfgang's neck. As some of you may remember from a previous Wolfgang Report, they recommend using isopropyl alcohol as the best cleaning agent to de-grunge the guitar's neck and fingerboard. Although this works very well, I'd like to now add some additional steps that will yield primo results... and remember, these come straight from the company. (Again, this procedure works best during a string change... for more info, consult "Re-stringing the Wolfgang" from the Past Reports section for my advice on Wolfie re-stringing.)

    Instructions:

    1) Apply a small amount of isopropyl alcohol to a clean, soft, dry cloth, and apply evenly to the Wolfgang's neck and fingerboard, working in one area at a time until it cleans up nicely. Take a look at the cloth regularly to see how much junk is being removed from your neck (amazing, isn't it!?!), and re-apply a small amount of alcohol to another clean area of the cloth, and repeat as necessary.

    2) Using some 0000-grade steel wool (nothing heavier!!! 000-grade steel wool is a tad too coarse, and will likely scuff your frets!), go over the back surface of the neck first, rubbing in long, even motions covering the area from the guitar's body to the headstock (just make sure to stop your motions short, before reaching Eddie's signature on the back of the headstock).

    After about 20 to 30 strokes (approximately) covering the length of the neck , you should be ready to go to work on the fingerboard. **Take great care not to scratch the Wolfgang's body when using the steel wool!!!**

    3) Using a fresh chunk of steel wool, go over the Wolfgang's fingerboard parallel to the frets, again using a steady, even rubbing motion. Start at the beginning of the fingerboard and work your way up to the last fret (this step will also polish the frets nicely -- bonus!). Make sure to evenly cover the areas of fingerboard in between and close to the frets for optimum results.

    You'll also want to have another clean dry cloth handy to wipe away the fine, powdery wood residue that results from steps #2 and #3 before proceeding to step #4.

    4) Once all that powder-like residue has been thoroughly cleaned away from your neck and fretboard, you'll need to apply some lemon oil to the areas you have just cleaned (I use D'Andrea lemon oil, personally... it's good stuff). Take in hand yet another clean cloth, sparingly apply some lemon oil to the cloth, then administer to your neck and fingerboard. Try not to get any oil on the finished areas of your Wolfie like the body or headstock... if this happens, be sure to wipe it off completely. Rub the neck gently with the cloth until you obtain a clean, dry luster. Make sure to leave no oily residue patches behind.

    Technique #2 is a bit more work, but it certainly is worth all the trouble! And, it's not the sort of thing you'll need to do every couple of weeks... once or twice a year is just fine, again, depending on how much playing time you log.
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    go to the ernie ball website and look under the care of there necks. its what i do some lemon oil, murphy's oil soap wipe, gunstock oil and wax. you will never feel a better neck. i would use the same thing on wolfgang necks its just the best feel i have ever found. i have a evh and a 6 year old axis and you would never know there age looking at the neck. if you need details pm me.

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    Thank you for your advice. I love these guitars and it is very likely that I will buy one...at least I know what i'm in for when I do buy one.

    Thank you.
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