What is your 3 MOST do's and don'ts when cleaning a guitar?

kimldelacruz

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Hi everyone! I just want to have some ideas from other players what would be your do's and don'ts when cleaning your babies. TIA :D
 

derekd

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1. No more blow torches
2. Discontinue chainsaw use
3. Find a milder solvent than muratic acid
 

kracdown

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1. If you do not set up your guitars and you play things with tunomatic bridges, remember ONLY TO CLEAN while strings are applying pressure or you tape down the bridge.

2. Remember Rule Number 1

3. The grime makes things age quicker ;)
 

Luke

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I clean all the metal parts using Q-tips, Windex and paper towels.

Buff the paint coat with



Clean the fingerboard and frets with Dunlop 65 kit. I have 25 year old guitars that look new.

 

kludge

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Do: use saliva.
Don't: tell anyone.
 

ShadowCanAm

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I do....go over everything including the fingerboard with a fluffy static duster every time I change strings.
I don't ...do anything else.
If I do have sweat or drink marks left on my guitar after a gig I might take a wet paper towel and wipe it clean. Shout out for poly finishes...:banana
 

OM Flyer

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what would be your do's and don'ts when cleaning your babies.
1. Wash your hands before you play and your guitar won't need much cleaning.
2. Use any "product" sparingly at best, or avoid them entirely.
3. Don't think of your guitars as "babies."
 

burns

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DO - Liberally apply malt based cleaner under strict gig conditions
DO - Polish to a lustrous patina using a soft cloth
DONT - Attempt this too often as it's time better spent practicing those clams you blew the previous nite
 

Humcycle

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DO - cover your pickups with something when you do the 0000 steel wool thing on the grime on your rosewood fretboard
 

Greentone

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This is how I clean all my guitars now. They smell sooooo good after!





:D

RR
I know that is a crap guitar and all, but you would think that a guy living in a glorified tool shed would be a bit more careful with his possessions.
 

Peteyvee

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1.) Wash hands every time before playing.
2.) Wipe strings down with old T-shirt every time after playing.
3.) Use guitar polish or cleaner (I use Virtuoso) only when guitar body and back of neck need it.
 




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