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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-19-2013, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
 
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an old chestnut ...cleaning a guitar

Hi

can anyone advise me on cleaning my guitars I have a jem 7 a Dna and a 10th anniversary, they are due for a string change which I am nervous about already but I want to take the opportunity to clean/polish and oil the fretboard (sparingly with lem oil ?) I have asked before and searched the web but cant find a diffinitive answer to this. I am worried I will create a light swirl in the lacquer if I polish them

any advice welcome

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-19-2013, 03:50 PM
 
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Re: an old chestnut ...cleaning a guitar

Meguiars carnuba wax has no abrasives. Got a very nice shine on my FP.
Let it dry for 20 minutes before wipe off.

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Re: an old chestnut ...cleaning a guitar

lovely guitar, what kind of cloth do you use is it just a cotton duster and do you oil the fretboard occasionally ?

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Re: an old chestnut ...cleaning a guitar

It is best just to be safe to use cloths from the guitar store. I oil the fretboard with dunlop 65 lemon oil once a year. Did my 7V-WH yesterday. Don't use to much. Wipe the fretboard dry.

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Guitar is a forniture just like a wardrobe, any woman knows how to clean a forniture
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Guitar is a forniture just like a wardrobe, any woman knows how to clean a forniture
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Re: an old chestnut ...cleaning a guitar

This is a very good place to start:

http://www.ibanezrules.com/tech/grunge/grunge_1.htm

I do way more disassembly of the guitar than Rich does in this, but this is basically what I do. For example I would pull the pickguard on the guitar.

On an old guitar, I would actually use a very mild abrasive. What I use is the swirl remover from Stew Mac. I use this with the microfiber waxing cloths you can buy at an auto parts store. There are similar professional products that are used by people who detail cars. 3M makes a great one called Perfect-It.

Once you use that, do not use any sort of paste wax on the guitar. It will leave a cloudy residue that you won't be able to get rid of. I use a cleaning spray made by Martin for acoustic guitars that does a really nice job and leaves no residue.

For the fretboard, I start with a very stiff plastic brush to clean any gunk off. I got a set of three brushes from the auto part store. The other two have brass and steel bristles and obviously I don't use those, but the plastic bristled one is stiff enough to loosen crud. Also, the bristles are small enough to get down into the grain of the wood.

Next I clean the board with steel wool. I wrap the wool over a fairly flexible pick to get a good edge that will get right up to the frets. Next I brush the board with a toothbrush and then get to work polishing the frets. After the frets I apply the bore oil. Once the bore oil has mostly dried, I go over all the frets with an old washcloth to remove any oil residue and shine them up.
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Guitar is a forniture just like a wardrobe, any woman knows how to clean a forniture
Wow, that was an extraordinarily sexist remark, even if you were being jocular.
P.S.
What's 'forniture'? You mean furniture?
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Guitar is a forniture just like a wardrobe, any woman knows how to clean a forniture
That might just be the very FIRST quote of yours I like, both for the typo AND the sexism.

Very amusing.
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