Dearest Anthony and Galoots...
EVER body knows
if you oil the neck on the Strat-O-Caster you can play much
faster! You just have to be careful not to catch it on fire from
excessive heat on that oil. Now, I have never had the problem
personally, but I keep my favorite Martin earled-up real good
just in case I should have an uncharacteristic burst of energy
and inadvertently scorch the neck.
My late Uncle
Dukes - he was a military and Golden Gloves Boxer - who kept his
guitar neck supple with a dose of rendered Possum fat. It kept
the old brass wound strings shiny when you wiped it off and it
was his subjective view that he played better with the fat on
the neck of his pre-WWll Gibson Archtop. I never could bring
myself to slather up a Martin with Possum. If he didn't play for
awhile it tended toward the rancid end of the smell scale. I
wasn't convinced he was any improved anyway!
A number of
years ago I bought a Martin NWD, a tribute guitar to the famous
architect and woodworker, George Nakashima. Now this was not
your average plunking guitar as useful for swatting skeeters as
anything so I set to lookin' for a high class possum fat
settled upon the most expensive Japanese oil I could find that
might fill the bill and made a down-payment on a gallon of
Camellia Oil. It is right good stuff. It keeps the strings from
tarnishing, soaks into the neck, but it ain't much for taste.
Now I am a rip-roaring guitar player and I can really burn up
those first 5 frets, so I figured there was no sense in greasing
up all those frets I never use! I might need to pull 'em and put
'em higher up someday!
So, I am so
slick at playing this guitar today that OIL is just a natural
addition to making good, maybe not good, so much as really
So, my friend, be not surprised when you see that
old buzzard out there slicking up his Strat! My money is on him,
knowing something he just ain't decided to share with the