Cleaning and Maintenance -following outdoor gigs

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  1. T Prior

    T Prior Poster Extraordinaire

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    3 or 4 outdoor gigs in this heat ,humidity and sweat , is about as far as I can go without cleaning , maintenance and new strings, And that's pushing it . I feel it . The strings are the 1st to go but I live with them for 3 or 4 shows which could be +/- two weekends.

    sharing my process:

    1- Remove strings and inspect the fretboard , frets and saddles

    2- Clean the whole guitar with polish , Dunlop 65 seems reasonable

    3- Clean the saddles thoroughly with an alcohol wipe

    4- with 1200 grit paper, polish the tops of the frets, sometimes 600 is needed. This is done very lightly and not overdone , but get the dirt off the frets.

    5- clean the fretboard and neck with the polish

    6- clean the nut slots with the appropriate gauge files, very lightly . You would be surprised how much grit is removed. You want to be very careful here as to not alter the nut slots. A minimal amount of cleaning goes a long way. An alcohol wipe can be used here as well.

    7- Put some NUT sauce in the NUT slots.

    8- ok time for new strings .

    This whole process working slowly takes about 45 minutes or less and man is it worth it !



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  2. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I too have to clean, oil and adjust my guitars after outdoor gigs.
    I remove the strings, then brush dust and dirt off with a clean, soft bristle paint brush.
    I use Virtuoso brand cleaner on the body and back of neck next.
    The fingerboard gets cleaned and lemon oiled after that.
    New strings and a set up check/adjustment follows.
    Lastly, pots, switches and jacks get a check, get a shot of DeOxIt.
    The workhorse instruments have to be gig-ready, dern it!
     
  3. dlew919

    dlew919 Doctor of Teleocity

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    I wipe my guitar down after every session. I polish about once a year. The alcohol wipes on the bridge is a good idea. I normally just clean them with a bit of shellite - naphtha to you Americans. I also clean my guitar with shellite about 3 times a year.

    they still look fairly new.

    yours looks great.
     
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    Boreas Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    All good practices! I would also recommend, after particularly humid or sweaty performances, to NOT store the guitar in its case. Let it air out for a while. Taking a guitar that has absorbed moisture and trapping it in a case is a recipe for corrosion and possibly wood rot.
     
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    This ^^^^
     
  6. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Here I thought this post was from a stagehand collecting memorabilia and bitching about the mess the Rolling Stones left to clean up!

    It's usually just a quick clean and restring for me.
    Thanks for the reminder though, I have a gig coming up: :eek::lol:

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    Wrighty Friend of Leo's

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    Reading this I realise I don’t clean my guitars nearly enough.
     
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