Wenge neck - Won't stay smooth.

n1as

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I have two basses with wedge neck shafts.  I've sanded both 600 1000 1500 2000.  They ended up really smooth and feel great.  But 6 most later the grain is starting to raise when my thumb touches the back of the neck.

I would expect any unfinished wood to have endless grain-raising issues yet so may people say to leave wedge unfinished.  This puzzles me.

I'm thinking another 600 - 2000 sanding session followed by a rub on oil would be the ticket.
 

ragamuffin

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Hmm I have a wenge neck and have never had this issue… do you have really sweaty hands or something?
 

NedRyerson

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I have two Conklin basses, both with wenge necks.  One I've had for 20+ years, the other is the same age, but I've owned for less than a year.  Neither have this issue.  The only major work I've done is take care of some fret sprout on my 5-string (the one I've owned for 20+ years).

Never had any grain rise with either of them.
 

n1as

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So, my experience with wenge grain raising over time is not universal?  I don't consider myself to have especially damp hands.  Maybe it is because both necks are relatively new (12 mos +/-).

All I know is I loved how smooth they became after the progressive dry sanding I did but lamented how they became rough again in the subsequent months.
 

Rick

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The only way I can see this happen is if you brought it to a gig and while you got a beer someone who worked in a chemical factory slathered their grubby hands over it.
My recommendation is clean with naphtha reburnish  the neck then apply a light coat of mineral oil.

You need to get rid of whatever chemical was put on it.  What that chemical was who knows.
 

n1as

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Well, the only gigs have been at church where nobody but me touches the bass. A gig is a whopping 2 sets of 4 songs.  No long sweaty marathons.  Both necks went straight from Warmoth to me.

The grain raising is in the areas where my thumb makes contact
 

Rick

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Well, something on the thumb contaminated the wood.  It wasn’t sweat.
 
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