Aging Hardware

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by Colt14jr, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. Colt14jr

    Colt14jr Member

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    Just put a set of Antiquitys in my LP. Anybody got any tips on aging (relicing) hardware. Mainly the bridge and stoptail so they will match the pu's. Thanks
     
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    If they are nickel plated, just play them. It'll take about a month, and they'll get nice and grungy. If they are chrome, you can subject them to heat and steam to crap them up, but the nickel "patina" looks much nicer.

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    Go for a nice run and then wipe your sweat on it.

    Really.
     
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    Just sweat all over it at a few gigs and let the crud build up for a month or so.
     
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    Muratic acid fumes do the trick nicely. Thats what the Pros do. For a finishing touch you can corode a copper penny for some of that funky green stuff.
     
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    I like that one! It would probably take 30 years. I've never had a problem
    tarnishing hardware or strings. I don't have very salty or acidic sweat.

    Thanks guys!
     

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