Rusty pick up, how do you treat them?

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sonicfantom
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Re: Rusty pick up, how do you treat them?

Post by sonicfantom » Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:53 pm

A friend of mine recommends scrubbing them with those green pad things you use for scouring pans, then coating them with some high-quality nail polish. I don't know where us guys are meant to find high-quality nail polish (that stuff is available in different qualities?) but there we go. Ask the missus/wife/daughter? I can imagine the weird looks that one would earn.

"Honey? Can I borrow your clear nail polish?"
"...Why?"
"Uh...... For my bass pickups?"
"What?"

Considering her P's pickups are immaculate (whether this is due to the scrubbing or the nail polish, I can't tell) I'm tempted to give it a go.
goatboy wrote:One suggestion that sort of does make sense is to apply a really thin coat of nail varnish, but again, I'm not overly keen to put a solvent anywhere near my bass.
Hmm. Delicate Nitro lacquer + nail polish... :shock:
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Tim1
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Re: Rusty pick up, how do you treat them?

Post by Tim1 » Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:56 pm

Yep, back in the seventies a coating of nail varnish was the standard treatment for Fender basses. Got to say, I've seen a few rusty pickups but never seen a pickup adversely affected soundwise by a bit of rust.

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Re: Rusty pick up, how do you treat them?

Post by manofthematch » Sat May 10, 2014 7:46 am

I hear you goat boy. I was shocked to find rust on my Stingray 5 (which admittedly I keep under wraps quite often) pickup. I've contacted musicways who are hooking me up with a replacement pick up. Mr Glyn in Auckland (Glyn Guitars) can also source replacement pickups for you.

So yeah lesson learned for me is to give the bass a clean more regularly. I also bought some silica packets to keep inside each case. I keep about 3-4 per case.
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Re: Rusty pick up, how do you treat them?

Post by Tim1 » Thu May 22, 2014 7:18 am

Jeez, never heard of anyone actually replacing a pickup because of rust, manofthematch. It must have been pretty rusty, I suppose. On my (sadly stolen by some lowlife years ago :cry: ) '62 Precision I considered a touch of rust to be part of the mojo :)

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Re: Rusty pick up, how do you treat them?

Post by manofthematch » Sat May 24, 2014 9:39 am

Yeah the rust wasn't major, but enough to be noticeable and detract (in my opinion) from the look of it. I think I sweated up a storm at a gig we did at the Powerstation and didn't clean it properly afterwards. I didn't have any of the silica packets in my bass case at the time and didn't use the bass for a couple of months.
The weirdish thing is that my a Stingray 4 I use more often and it's pickups have not shown any rust. I think I'm just a bit over cautious now.

Thankfully our band is an artist of Ernieball / Musicways so we can get good access to replacement gear, parts, instruments etc.
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