That maple neck...
This is another great example of what typically happens when building a guitar. We found this maple neck with a nicely-grained fingerboard and a bird's eye neck. The frets were in good shape but sharp. It was obvious that someone had tried to do fretwork on this neck and in doing so did some minor scratching and nicking to the side of the neck. (This is why if you're learning to do fretwork, find a fret file that has a "safe-edge" meaning it is designed so as not to dig into the fingerboard if it slips off the fret while filing). But because the scratches are not very noticeable and in this case did not affect playability, we went ahead and filed and polished, and leveled the frets. We then went on to sand back the glossy finish all over the neck. Re finishing the headstock and down by the neck pocket joint to high gloss, leaving the back of the neck a polished matte finish. This keeps the neck nice and smooth and fast to play on. Gloss finishes on the backs of necks can get "sticky" when quickly trying to move up and down the neck.
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