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(@flashback)
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How do I get rid of the dark brown line that runs down the back side of my Squier '51's maple neck. Or should I keep it on for some mainenance issue?

I was thinking some sheeps wool would do it. Also keep in mind this '51 is about to undergo heavy modding.

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(@paul-donnelly)
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It's a wooden insert that goes very deep.


   
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It's what covers your truss rod and fills the channel, that was cut to install it. You have a 1-piece maple neck.
On multi-part necks (e.g. rosewood fretboard), the truss rod is inserted into a channel cut into the front of the neck and, then, covered with the fretboard. You can't do this when the neck and fretboard are one piece.

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(@paul-donnelly)
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So trying to remove it would be like trying to dig out a freckle with your fingernail.


   
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that skunk strip is an essential part of the guitars neck.
two things are going on.
1) it does hide the groove for the truss rod (althought they are sometimes drilled so a groove isnt needed for installation).
2) and most important. that little strip of wood helps to stabilize the neck.
your Squire has a maple neck, just like my Am. Strat. the other wood is of a different density. the combination of thsoe two woods react differently during expansion and contraction stabilizing one another.
the neck bow is enhanced and stabilzed by the thin strip of wood.

try taking it out and you'll have a noodle neck.

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Oh, I thought it was just a thin ine of stain or something. And I didnt mean sheeps wool, I meant steelwool. Ok thanks guys for clearing that up.

I feel like such an idiot.

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You could always paint a stripe of the color of your choice over it. :D

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hey wait a second here...

when i bought my '51, i noticed that quite a few of the guitars in the store (there were about 15) had what appeared to be chips in that strip of wood. it looked to my eye like there was a stain on it, and it was chipped away. in those spots, there was what appeared to be maple under them. it gave me the idea that it was just stained on, and i thought that was odd. there were about 7 of the guitar that had this. even under careful consideration, they seemed to have a similar grain. my 51, however, has a definitely separate piece of wood, so maybe i just imagined the chips on the other guitars. the guitars that had these spots on the skunk stripe were on the whole of less-than-desirable quality.

i dont know if that means anyhting, but it's just my observations based on playing about 15 Squier 51s and inspecting them all very carefully.

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I could imagine a faux skunk stripe on a lesser brand guitar.
why they would do that is stupid.

a skunk stripe has a purpose as Ive said.

you can actually feel it with your finger nail or pick. that's because of the differences of exp[ansion and contraction of those two woods.
some days the stripe will feel pronounced and other days it'll be smooth as a baby's butt.

Squires are real guitars. your 51 has that stripe.

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sorry, but when i first saw this post i thought it was a joke. i think of it as a racing stripe 8)

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