Stop Tail Piece on Vintage gibson too new n shiny.

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  1. JamesHealey

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    I've got a 1980 Gibson obviously at somepoint the bridge and tail piece have been replaced, it looks out of place and too shiny.. does anyone sell aged examples? or can I do something to make it dull?
     
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    If it's chrome..it'll be hard to dull it.

    If it's nickel..it'll tarnish easily.

    Can you tell what it is?
     
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    it's chrome for sure.. should be nickel coz the tuners are nickel.
     
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    rs guitarworks, fatboy guitars. have aged ones. if its realy shiny it maybe chrome, difficult to explain how to tell but if its nickel itl have a dull grey shinyness (sounds mad) & if its nickel stick in some battery acid for a couple of days to tarnish... be careful hang it ona wire in the acid so you can take it in a & and out to see of its the required dullness...be areful, nasty stuf but it does the job, me? , id buy a new aged & stick the old (shiny) one in the case. hope this helps. as previously said if its chrome, itis difficult (nigh on impossible) to age. i can probably tell what it is if you put a detailed pic on here?
     
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    What guitar is it on?
     
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    ok, then id get a nickel aged one. forget aging it.
     
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    1980 ES335-S Deluxe Pro
     
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    Yep, it should be nickel.
     
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    oh and where on gods green earth do i get battery acid from?
     
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    I'm not sure you need BA. Just get a nickel replacement(s)...and let the natural oxidation take place....it won't take long.
     
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    a battery acid shop
     
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    oh yea stuagu, I think I went in one of those once.. thanks mate ;)
     
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    my english sense of humour, sorry. my mate has a car battery business & he did a few experiments on historic tailpieces & the like & it worked a treat. safer & easier to buy one aged or as was suggested let a nickel age naturally. best stuff is pigtail & they do aged as well if you cant wait.
    atb
     
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    i never said you wasnt! lets not go there! atb good buddy
     
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    http://www.vintageguitars.org.uk/gib80p28.php - it says here it was chrome, although it was a tp-6 originally.

    If i buy a new chrome tp-6 is it going to be the same as the original? or was the original nickle dispite it being labeled chrome in the description? and does chrome fade?
     
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    you can tell when they're side by side, because chrome will have a blueish cast, while the nickel will look yellowish by comparison.

    if the gibson part is described as chrome, it will be chrome, and no, it will stay shiny basically forever.

    if it were mine, i would ditch the tp-6 anyway in favor of a lightweight stop bar, just for tonal reasons. the stop bar is easier to restring, too.
     

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