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Re: Cleaning an old guitar

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:36 pm

I doubt you'll go far wrong following Zen's advice :thumbup:
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Re: Cleaning an old guitar

Postby zenguitar » Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:16 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:I doubt you'll go far wrong following Zen's advice :thumbup:

Indeed, thanks to me the Road to Ruin has been upgraded to a Motorway.
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Re: Cleaning an old guitar

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:16 am

Just as long as it's not the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l482T0yNkeo

If it is then console yourself that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9FzVhw8_bY
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Re: Cleaning an old guitar

Postby Alba » Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:57 pm

I really like Danish oil on raw wood.
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Re: Cleaning an old guitar

Postby Alba » Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:43 pm

Thanks again for the advice. It came up a treat!
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Re: Cleaning an old guitar

Postby zenguitar » Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:47 pm

Excellent. I find a little TLC really helps us to rediscover why we chose a guitar in the first place.

Glad you're happy with the result. :thumbup:

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Re: Cleaning an old guitar

Postby Alba » Mon Nov 02, 2020 11:05 am

Absolutely agree. I spend a lot of time renovating old guitars that i pick up in local charity shops and nearby 'collection only' eBay sales. Acoustics mostly. My wife is very understanding and says its a 'guitar sanctuary' here.

Surprising how robust most, even budget instruments are to mistreatment and neglect and i have some lovely ones here. Most have been picked up for very little money and i don't spend a lot on doing them up... lot of time mind you.

That L6-S is just about finished. I decided to go up to 12s with a wound third and so made a new nut so i could keep the old Gibson nut if needed. Gave it a full fret dress, clean etc and even managed to repair the truss rod cover that had its lower screw hole thingy snapped off, probably on the 80s. Its a different guitar. Just have to glue the nut maybe later today once i've played it a bit more and am happy with the position.

Weird but i never get nervous attacking guitars with files and chemicals but that Gibson has special powers and i just wanted to check before using anything on that old varnish.

The guitar is fine and sparkling but it did take two days to get rid of the sore throat from all that white spirit! ...... so...

*NOTE : USE IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA AND WEAR A MASK AND TROUSERS!*

Oh and note to the log. Don't do what i did and do it on an old rug, on the floor (where i do most of my work) with newspaper and a t-shirt and boxers. Because the white spirit soaked through the newspaper into the rug and i sat for a while on the damp patch without realising that the spirit had soaked through into my boxers. Not only a sore throat but a sore scrotum too.
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Re: Cleaning an old guitar

Postby shufflebeat » Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:51 pm

You've just reminded me that when I was young and knew no better I was loaned a Gibson L6-S by the big brother of a friend of mine for a couple of gigs.

I took it for granted at the time but looking back now it was a very generous gesture and a lovely guitar.
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Re: Cleaning an old guitar

Postby Alba » Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:56 pm

It is a really nice guitar. Don't know why they never really took off in a big way.
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