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Gold Hardware: the Good, Bad & Ugly

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by Artwerk Orange, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. Pips

    Pips Tele-Holic

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    A strait no from me - looks like a naff handbag.
     
  2. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Found that out the hard and fast way!
     
  3. ben smith

    ben smith Tele-Afflicted

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    i love it on white guitars if it wares of so be it
     
  4. CalebAaron666

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    Gold rules!

    I’d just wipe down the guitar after particularly sweaty sessions.
    Let the gold age and fade because that’s what it does.
    This Falcon is a 2004. Still looks good to me!
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    tubegeek Friend of Leo's

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    @Bella got a cool new gold-plated blinger I'm sure she'll want to show off here!
     
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  6. Cali Dude

    Cali Dude Tele-Holic

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    Isn't it really brass? That said, I like that hardware on a walnut Gretsch Country Gentleman.
     
  7. Sotakoira Musti

    Sotakoira Musti Tele-Holic

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    Gold? No way! Then I bought this:

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    Must play blindfolded!
     
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  8. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    Yes! I forgot to mention... I like your poem.
     
  9. bettyseldest

    bettyseldest Friend of Leo's

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    The gold plated tuners on my Rickenbacker 650S show very little wear;

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    But the control plate is showing it's age (I bought it used in 2004);

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    The photos were taken in 2012, it is not significantly worse today. I think that I inherited the wear from the previous owner. The only other guitar I have with any gold plate is a Yamaha LL-11e bought new in 2001, this recent phot shows very little wear on the tuners;

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  10. guitfiddles

    guitfiddles TDPRI Member

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    I had an SRV strat with the gold hardware. I loved it but the gold sure did wear off fast down where my hand touched the gold bar and bridge. I tried to keep it clean but the oils from my hands just wore it right off and it got splotchy looking really fast. The gold tuners stayed nice for longer I suppose because my hand wasn’t making constant contact like on the bridge and trem bar.
     
  11. Bella

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    No pressure though, right :lol:? I'll grab some pics later. I still havent taken any serious pics of it yet and it's probably time.
     
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  12. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

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    Feel free to steal it: it is yours
     
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  14. csapo

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    It works for me on this FCS tele...

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    I assembled my favorite partscaster in 2007, play it regularly, and it still looks like it did the day I finished it.

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  16. Puerco

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    This is a gold plated Gillette way over a hundred years old (long before they produced this plastic crap they do nowadays), it survived the time pretty well and it still shaves way better than any modern crap. Gillette used to laquer their gold plated razors with nitro. That seemed to work out for quite a while.
    If you really want it to shine for ever and ever you should let a jeweler make you some solid gold hardware though...

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  17. Piggy Stu

    Piggy Stu Friend of Leo's

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    Solid gold is really soft: who wants that for a saddle or frets.... Or anything?
     
  18. TG

    TG Doctor of Teleocity

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    I've a tobacco burst Vintage V100 with gold hardware and I think it's a beauty.
    And I used to own a transparent cherry Gibson LP Studio with gold hardware. Again....a beauty. I'd get one again if I could.
    A black and gold LP Custom wouldn't go amiss either...
     
  19. Coloradotwanger

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    Yamaha.jpg Never cared for gold much.But getting used to it on my Yamaha acoustic.I would change them out but i cannot find any info on what would fit.Anybody happen to know?
     
  20. marc2211

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    I put gold hardware on my latest partscaster - I was never a gold hardware fan in the past, but on this one I love it:

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    It's much much darker in real life, which really sets off the gold.
     
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