How to make a guitar neck thinner

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How to make a guitar neck thinner
A typical electric guitar neck is too thick for some. (guitar neck image by MichaelJordan from

A comfortable guitar neck is essential for clean and comfortable playing. A guitar neck that is too thick or too thin can make it difficult to play certain scales and form different chords without stretching your hands or jamming your fingers. If you have a guitar with a neck that is too thick, you may be considering buying a new neck or taking the guitar to a guitar shop for alteration. Whether you have an electric or acoustic guitar, you can make your neck thinner at home with a few basic supplies.

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Things you need

  • Sandpaper
  • Wood lacquer
  • Wood polish
  • Paint brush
  • Screwdriver
  • Cloth

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  1. 1

    Remove the neck from the guitar. You will need to remove the strings and use a screwdriver or other tools to unscrew the bolts that keep the neck connected to the body of the guitar. Removing the neck before the thinning process will prevent unwanted damage to the body of the guitar.

  2. 2

    Use a fine grit sandpaper to lightly sand the back of the guitar. Use an "up and down" motion as well as a "side to side" motion when sanding the back of the guitar neck. Make sure your sanding is even and there are no raised or sunken areas on the neck.

  3. 3

    Test the guitar neck by placing it in your hands as you usually would while playing. Remember you will be adding several coats of varnish that will make the neck slightly thicker. If it is not to your liking, continue sanding until you have achieved the desired thickness.

  4. 4

    Clean all of the wood shavings and dust from the guitar neck using a damp cloth. Use a paintbrush to begin coating the neck with a coloured stain or clear lacquer. Allow the coat to dry and then slightly sand the neck again with a very fine grit sandpaper. Apply several layers of clear lacquer to achieve a very smooth and easily playable finish on the neck.

  5. 5

    Polish and buff the guitar neck once the final coat has finished drying. Re-attach the neck to the body of the guitar, and make sure you tighten all of the necessary bolts and restring the guitar.

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