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Hi guys, I have a DNA, it's a really sweet guitar but after nearly 5 years of solid use the finish on the bridge saddles is wearing away and starting to rust.

Any ways of stopping this/restoring the finish and has this happened to anyone else?


Thanks - Phil
 

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If you don't wipe it down every time you've finished playing that won't be helping, although I never really do...

Some of the bridges on my guitars ended up in quite a bad state after 2 years of touring, with the same things, so I guess it just happens.

But bridges can be replaced, which I think is the solution, so I wouldn't worry!

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Rust ? that could be due to too much humidity. Is it humid where you live ? You should get a hygrometer to gauge the humidity in your house. You could have too much humidity, in that case you'd need to buy a de-humidifier (they take the moisture out of the air) . It's normally dry where I live so I have to use the opposite, a humidifier. I do have a hygrometer so I can keep the humidity around 40%. Martin guitars says they keep there guitars between 40-45% anymore than that is too much humidity and you can expect rust and/or warpage. By the way I'm glad you play your DNA, guitars are meant to be played. I hope this helps some.
 

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Thanks for the replies, I'm in the uk so the weather varies quite a lot from day to day. I've been on and off wiping the bridge down and I admit I'm not doing it ever time.

I totally agree that guitars are meant to be played and I certainly play the hell out of this one! I can't stand having display guitars, it just seems like such a waste to me so I bought this one knowing that it would be my "main" guitar from the get-go.

About replacing the bridge... is there anywhere in the UK I can get ahold of a new one and also, how much would it cost me?
 

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kingpheeel said:
I totally agree that guitars are meant to be played and I certainly play the hell out of this one! I can't stand having display guitars, it just seems like such a waste to me so I bought this one knowing that it would be my "main" guitar from the get-go.

About replacing the bridge... is there anywhere in the UK I can get ahold of a new one and also, how much would it cost me?
I totally agree with you. It's your guitar, your instrument, it should be played, till the point it gets beatup even ;) I've had my jem since 97. This is what my bridge looks like now.

I don't think there's anything you can do about it. In terms of wiping it down and all, it's probably going to be a short term solution rather than a long term one. Polishes would most likely quicken the process of the cosmo finish tarnishing away. I've had the same experience on chrome hardware as well. It doesn't tarnish per se, but you can see slightly evidence of tiny bubbling after a while.

I say just get a spare bridge and put her on standby. The effects are merely cosmetic, it should affect your playing. But a new flawlessly clean bridge would do wonders for...dare I say it...resale value :)

By the way, if the guitar you mentioned is a DNA, it should be powder cosmo instead of cosmo black.
 

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But the amount you'd have to pay for an Edge/Lo Pro/Edge Pro...
It's not that bad, as you sell your old one on evilbay, I've done that a few times and it covers the cost of the new bridge, and most people use olf beat up ones for spare parts anyway I think, or clean them up.

In any case, if yopu play your guitar instead of looking at it (hence giving it the use it deserves, good man!) the bridge will get worn. As long as it plays right, feels right and sounds cooler than a snowmans frosty bits then it's all good and I wouldn't worry.

Otherwise look for a bridge in better condition and replace it.
 

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One of the nicest quotes about guitars I ever heard was from the guy who used to write the repair column in Guitar Player (paraphrasing here):

Guitars are made of trees, and trees don't like being chopped down (fair enough!) so when you make them into a guitar, the wood spends the rest of it's days getting you back for chopping it down in the first place.....

.... they may be wire and wood, but no two of them are the same!
 
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