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Any of you know how to age my new saddles?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Digiplay, Oct 5, 2020.

  1. Digiplay

    Digiplay Tele-Afflicted

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    Okay fast guys :)


    I just bought some Rutters Brass with Aluminum E/A Straight Comp. Saddles, but they are going on a Road Worn, so they're too shiny.

    Do any of you know how to age/relic them quickly?


    And NO, I'm too old to wait for them to age naturally :)
     
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    Muriatic acid FUMES. JUST THE FUMES.
     
  3. Digiplay

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    Any advice/videos on that Lonn?
     
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    PCB etchant solution. Works fast, safer than muriatic, available in small quantities.
     
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    Ornery horse and a rough trail?

    Might be a little sore after though...

    ;)
     
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    A good scuffing on a 3m backed sponge (without the steel parts) and playing will darken them up in a week or two.
    Aging without play wear pattern will look fake fast, and the wait is short as long as you remove the shine and lacquer.
    Even just the initial scuffing takes away the shine so they don’t stick out.
    Not sure they all get a finish but some seem to.
     
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    I believe I used vinegar and salt on my brass bridge
     
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    Anything acidic. Battery acid, sandpaper and baking soda...if you mean quickly...just be very careful and use proper PPE if you're brave...jk sort of maybe.
    Good luck.
     
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    ? ? ? why does it matter all this faux age visual, I'd worry more about my eye shadow or lip-gloss matching my nail color ,
    not that I am suggesting that this a sort of narcissism as in did Elvis really wear a girdle and shoulder pads
    (answer yes he did, but Scotty Moore wouldn't confirm or deny
    after the king had moved on to the Graceland in the sky)
     
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    My buddy told me he puts parts like that in a bag with steel wool and shakes it like a Polaroid picture.
     
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    While I haven't 'aged' parts on a new guitar, I have matched parts to older guitars with a little judicious application...
     
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    You could dip them in cola for a bit and see if that helps.
     
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    Same here, chrome plated brass (bridge, saddles, control plate, neck plate). First a little bit sandpaper, then salt + vinegar bath and finally some time in the owen.

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