Bass cleaning product

Maintaining, setting up or adjusting your instrument.
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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by BrendonM » Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:22 pm

ha haaaaaa... there you have it! Pledge... recommended by Luthiers since 1957...
Awesome.
I love my Orange scented Sunburst baby :)
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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by Pstewart » Sat Nov 24, 2007 9:28 pm

BrendonM wrote:I love my Orange scented Sunburst baby :)
I think a nice orange smell would suit a sunburst.

I use spray on window cleaner, whichever i can find, which seems to work.
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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by rock lobstar » Sat Dec 29, 2007 9:01 pm

i bought a bass cleaning kit off trademe called lizard spit. seems to work fine. i must try pledge sometime though.

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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by beagle » Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:00 pm

Ahhh Finally got around to trying the pledge... orange sented of course.... it really is great stuff.
Cleaned off the dirt and left it clean, shiny and a little bit slippery the neck and smelling slightly orange. ALL GOOD!
Both my basses hadn't seen a lot of 'me time' for quite a while so it has made big difference.

Only question I've got is... The chrome machine heads on my musicman have slightly oxidised.... can anyone advice how I can get them back to the original mirror finish?
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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by Randomplay » Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:30 pm

Brasso generally does a good job with metals... or if yah go to a jewelers yah can get less abrasive cleaning products from them that i would imagine would be ideal...(not sure on the deal with brasso and wood)

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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by ryla » Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:42 am

what would you use to clean up and maintain your fingerboard? And what about fret grunge?

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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by beagle » Mon Mar 24, 2008 10:44 am

Randomplay wrote:Brasso generally does a good job with metals... or if yah go to a jewelers yah can get less abrasive cleaning products from them that i would imagine would be ideal...(not sure on the deal with brasso and wood)
Ok that's sounds good cheers :-)
ryla wrote:what would you use to clean up and maintain your fingerboard? And what about fret grunge?
We'll I used the pledge and it worked really well.
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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by ryla » Fri May 16, 2008 8:04 am

Get a toothbrush for the fret gunge and buff your frets while your at it - for the fingerboard get a tung oil based product like danish oil, just alittle bit and wipe it off, itll stop the bord drying out and stall the need to tweak the dreaded truss rod.

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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by joppo » Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:08 pm

Anyone got tips for getting tarnish of frets? On a whim, I bought a Spector semi-hollowbody on Trademe to try something a little different. It's in good shape, but been in an environment where the unused frets have got quite a bit of tarnish. I've had a go with lots of elbow grease and need something a little more abrasive, but I'm terrified I'll damage the fingerboard.

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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by MeshuggahN8 » Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:01 pm

My guitarist / brother (I forget which came 1st) swears by and uses to this very day "Fast frets" it's like a waxy type stuff you run down ya strings / fretboard then wipe down with a cleaning cloth. He reckons that he shreds better with it making his hand fly over the fret board. It smelt like an old ladies piano.

I tried that poop once on my old 4 string Ashton practice hack, the first time I slid up the fret board my hand popped off first, and knocked my E outta tune. :oops:

Maybe it's just me but if I want my hands to slide that quick I'll eat a bucket of chicken first. At least my fingers will smell better :roll:
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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by beagle » Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:11 pm

ha ha... the bucket of chicken analogy is a really good one for that stuff as it is very slippery.
I know a few guitarists who love it.
It's said to make your strings last longer which is probably right if it's a cleaning product.
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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by MeshuggahN8 » Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:43 pm

Haha, damn man I thought I just made that up. There goes my dreams of marketing "MeshuggahN8's Miracle Guitar Grease".

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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by Harley » Sun Aug 17, 2008 10:32 am

To me, using products that have silicone in them is a no-no on paintwork. Once silicone is on paintwork, it's impossible to get the right touch-up finish should you ever need to get a ding or scratch fixed. On the natural finishes it's even worse as it stops any of the oils you put on later from penetrating properly ( like tung oil for instance ). 'Pleadge' used to be silicone based, don't know about now, but I avoid it for that reason.

Also Brasso on the hardware to me is a no-no as it contains abrasives and most fittings these days have electroplated coatings that are thinner than a hair on a gnat's arse.

To prove my point, I ruined a natural finish base using a silicone polish which I applied after playing at a rain-plagued gig and also ruined the plating on fittings on a jazz bass many moons ago using brasso.

I now use just a high quality polish cloth with nothing on to get rid of the bulk of the gunk and for the fittings, a whiff of IPA on that rag careful not to touch the paint/wood.
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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by beagle » Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:29 pm

Hey thanks for the advise Harley... those are good points and ideas that others haven't raised.\
I'll try that IPA on the fittings... those are always my bugbear.
I actually don't mind usage dings and scratches as I think they are just the character of the instrument. Helps me to remember some of the occasions they were created ;-)
p.s. I love pledge... esspec the orange scented one ;-)
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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by MeshuggahN8 » Mon Aug 18, 2008 6:57 pm

beagle wrote:Hey thanks for the advise Harley... those are good points and ideas that others haven't raised.\
I'll try that IPA on the fittings... those are always my bugbear.
I actually don't mind usage dings and scratches as I think they are just the character of the instrument. Helps me to remember some of the occasions they were created ;-)
p.s. I love pledge... esspec the orange scented one ;-)
In that case my gat(s) have got the most character of any instrument on earth. lol I know what what you mean tho dude, after all chicks dig scars! Or in my case amputations. :lol:

As for the pledge yeah I dunno, If I came to a gig or jam smelling like a fruit basket or a uncle tobys roll up, I'd get a whallop with a sack of door-nobs..... :(
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