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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-14-2011, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question for DNA owners...

Is it my eyes, or do the frets on the DNA have more of a bronze hue to them, as opposed to traditional silver? Might be the natural oxidation on mine but I have to say it's very very cool. Mike
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It's just the case evaporatives attacking the nickel. The frets are no different from any other JEM.
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Ha, thx Rich. Guess there's no way to prevent that! Would you recommend cleaning (if there's a way) or just leaving it alone? It looks kinda cool but I wouldn't want to de-value the guitar in any way.
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It's not like you're ever going to play it
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LOL, you know me too well.
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I play both of mine
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-16-2011, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
 
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11 years of case storage actually made the frets kind of golden/yellow...tonight I masked the board and, with a few swipes with Dunlop's fret polishing cloths, had them shining like mirrors again. I highly recommend to anyone that hasn't tried them yet.
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I used a very fine steel wool.

I put masking take over the wood either side of the frets (it's the masking that takes ages) then reasonably firmly wipe the frets along the length of the fret. They come out looking amazing, but do oxidize again to a point quite quickly, just lose their luster somewhat. They won't go brown again for a while haha.

It's very rewarding, I love doing it.
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Hey Fun111, thanks for that tip. I never tried the steel wool, I always thought it would remove some metal too? Guess if you use 000 or 0000 it's safe. Does your DNA live in it's case, or gets played? I have to say the gold frets didn't look bad, just different! But I do like them shining again the way they are supposed to. I used the opportunity to put a little oil on the board too and the thing looks like it just came out of the factory.
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Hey,

I usuallu use the PlanetWaves fret polish thingy on my DNA every couple of months, it comes with a "maskin" paper and some abarsive paper that'll clean your frets. Almost amazing how "black" the cloth gets after you clean the frets, which at the end really are shining like new. Been doing this for about five years and don't have the impression it took metal away from the frets ... you might give it a try, it's pretty inexpensive too.

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If it's case queen, Id recommend throwing some actual metal polish on it. Your fingers would rub it off, but if you arent playing it, it will protect the metal for a long time against corrosion. Same thing with your pickgaurd. If you are HIGHLY anal with masking, id even go to the extent of saying to put some high quality carnuba on it. but if you get that on the wood... thats bad! (stain the wood white)
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Hey Fun111, thanks for that tip. I never tried the steel wool, I always thought it would remove some metal too? Guess if you use 000 or 0000 it's safe. Does your DNA live in it's case, or gets played? I have to say the gold frets didn't look bad, just different! But I do like them shining again the way they are supposed to. I used the opportunity to put a little oil on the board too and the thing looks like it just came out of the factory.
i use these

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting...rd_Guards.html

and with the steel wool be careful to also cover the pickups . Otherwise you have a decent mess on your hands to get the fibers of the magnets
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I use this on all my fret's after a good cleaning, while the tape is still on....... I spray a little onto a cloth and wipe on sparingly. It's kept fret's like new for up to 5 years and leaves no signs that it was used.

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A little blue magic metal polish and my dremmel tool. Super smooth.
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