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 Post subject: Repair Neck Finish? Rubber guitar stand damage
 Post Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:46 pm 
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I cant believe this happened. My 1988 RIC 4003 stuck to the guitar stand and the rubber melted/fused with the finish! It was an old stand with the orange tubing. Any ideas on how to repair?


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 Post subject: Re: Repair Neck Finish? Rubber guitar stand damage
 Post Posted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:45 pm 
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Some types of rubber used on certain stands can ruin guitar finishes, however this seems very extreme. Was your 4003 in direct sunlight at all on the stand? The same thing happened to a non Rick bass guitar that I bought many years ago. It was in the store window with the sun beating on it. Because of that, I was able to purchase it a greatly discounted price.
Are you at least able to carefully cut away the rubber without digging into the finish?

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the rubber came off by scraping with a fingernail the finish was left rough where the rubber had fused to the neck, its like the glossy finish was melted. it did not penetrate very deep


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Do you have a picture?

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 Post subject: Re: Repair Neck Finish? Rubber guitar stand damage
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Here's a picture of the damage, its up around the 7-9 frets. This is a beautiful 1988 4003 and I want to make sure I get it repaired correctly. I'm concerned that a local luthier "expert" may take the wrong approach to repair
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 Post subject: Re: Repair Neck Finish? Rubber guitar stand damage
 Post Posted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 11:46 am 
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Watch out for those stands with the amber/orange rubber tubing. Over time that tubing breaks down into a soft sticky mess. The stand I use has more of dense polyfoam padding at the neck collar. I only keep my guitars on a stand if I'm playing...after I'm done, it goes back into the case. Trust the old adage, the safest place for a guitar when not being played is in its case. Another nice thing about Rickenbacker guitars is they all come with a real nice quality hardshell case...best to use them.


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The worst stands have clear or shiny black tubing. This is usually a sign of PVC material, the anathema to most finishes. Actually, some amber or orange tubing can be surgical grade tubing which is one of the best but unfortunately there's some similar looking material, typically on Chinese-made stands, that are problematic.

As I've said before, two brands, Hercules and Ultimate, have always proven to be finish friendly but there are others which also may be suitable. But cheap and Chinese is almost guaranteed to be a problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Repair Neck Finish? Rubber guitar stand damage
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I use a Hercules stand; never had a problem, even with Nitro finishes. I can personally attest to what Mr. Hall said about "cheap and Chinese"....it may look like surgical tubing, but it's not.


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