Should I swap the neck on my guitar?

Telecaster582

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Feb 21, 2022
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Muskegon MI
Hello, I have a Memphis strat from the 80's (I think) and the neck is bowed in such a way that it buzzes a lot. I wan to replace the neck with a Squier one, but I don't know if I can fix it. I also don't really like the headstock shape, either. Another weird thing: the neck has some significant wear, but the body hardly even has a scratch on it, though the colie has changed from Lake Placid Blue to a light blue on the back and green on the front. I figured that it's the same as what happens to fender guitars 2 decades earlier, but I don't think it's a nitro finish and I also don't think that the fenders turned that green. All help appreciated, thanks
 

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Telecaster582

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Feb 21, 2022
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Muskegon MI
I already have the neck for the squier and it fits, but I would need to check the scale length. Do you know anything about the finish? I don't know if I want to repaint it or not because it's definitely not my favorite color
 

Telecaster582

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Feb 21, 2022
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That is one ugly headstock. 😳

The finish is probably some kind of poly. Memphis guitars were not exactly expensive.
Yeah, also isn't pulling the strings straight through the nut, and I am like 100% not a metal person, but I like how it sounds, for old $50 pickups. I assume it is poly, but how does poly age like that? If you look under the pickguard, neck pocket, and where the neck plate goes, it's lake placid blue. Now it's green, which isn't my favorite, but I guess I should deal with it or do a refin, not like it's going to decrease value or anything. It's really weird to look at in person, because the neck has a lot of wear, the guitar itself looks kinda funky with how it has aged, but the body literally doesn't have a scratch on it, and the three little dings I found were probably from me.
 

Ebidis

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Yeah, also isn't pulling the strings straight through the nut, and I am like 100% not a metal person, but I like how it sounds, for old $50 pickups. I assume it is poly, but how does poly age like that? If you look under the pickguard, neck pocket, and where the neck plate goes, it's lake placid blue. Now it's green, which isn't my favorite, but I guess I should deal with it or do a refin, not like it's going to decrease value or anything. It's really weird to look at in person, because the neck has a lot of wear, the guitar itself looks kinda funky with how it has aged, but the body literally doesn't have a scratch on it, and the three little dings I found were probably from me.
The clear coat yellows over time due to exposure to ultraviolet light. Sunlight is the biggest culprit, but all lighting has some UV. Even poly is not immune to this.

The areas under the pickguard and neck plate don't get exposed to light, the original color remains intact.
 
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Telecaster582

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Feb 21, 2022
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Yes do it.
Its a fun project
Well I got the neck on, and I think I'll try to refinish it,but how? Should I sand it or should I use a heat gun? My parents have also said that poly always dries sticky and it's just a mess to have to work with. What should I use to cover the paint?
 

revtime

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Poly is fun.
Power is your friend here. If you can get a sanding wheel on an angle grinder it will be quick work.
Just kidding. Try sanding first. Lots and lots of sanding
 

Telecaster582

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Feb 21, 2022
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Do what you want, but for what it's worth, I dig the color of that guitar, and I would leave it.
Well blue is my favorite color, so it's like choosing between my favorite thing and the thing that I don't really like. You should really see the back though, it's aged into a really nice ice blue color.
 


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