Saturday, 02 May 2015
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Hi all, I have some yellowish layer on some of my frets and I was planning on cleaning that without the risk of ruining t he beautiful ABI's neck. What would you recommend on using to get the frets clean again? Btw. A damp cloth does not work, neither does scratching it a bit with my nails. I need to restring in the near future and that seems like a good timing. Your ideas are most welcome! Thanks Owen Edit: forgot to mention someone mentioned Gorgomyte to me. As this would also mean cleaning the fretboard itself I am a bit wary. It might be I'm just to precautious with my bass. Please enlighten me if you actually think Gorgomyte is actually a good idea..
6 years ago
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Hi OwenV, I've never seen or tried Gorgomyte. I like the Australian sounding name though. Lol Tape off your fretboard with painter's masking tape. This is the stuff sold at paint stores and has a lower strength adhesive than regular masking tape. Then a use a small drop of Brasso polish, Flitz polish or similar metal polish on a cotton cloth lengthwise on the fret. The key is to use a little polish as possible to avoid contaminating the fretboard. If you can find 0000 steel wool, you can use that too, but hardware store variety steel wool quality has been pretty sketchy for the last 5-10 years.
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Thank you Sheldon, I'll try the beautifully named Gorgomyte first and let you all in on my experiences for future reference. I have been asking around and it appears to be rather low key and good stuff for cleaning the fretboard (which will need Some cleaning by now). If that does not have the desired result I'll try the more intensive procedure lined out by you.. Again thank you for your reply. Owen
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Luhier supply stores sell fret cleaning stencils. They come in various widths and slots so you tape them down where only the fret shows. I use Mother's Mag polish (sparingly is the operative word). Makes very short work of cleaning frets up nice during a string change.
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