How to clean pickup - pole pieces with rust/corrosion?

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  1. adamel111

    adamel111 TDPRI Member

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    I bought a set of 58 pure vintage telecaster pickups - came from New Orleans. Not terrible but I'd like to clean it up. Any suggestions? I can post better pictures this week.

    Thanks in advance!
     

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    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'd leave it. I like the aged character. Use a scotch Brite pad if you want to clean up
     
  3. Old Tele man

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    That's "age" patina...leave it alone.


    To prevent more rust accumulation/discoloration, simply "lightly" paint each pole-piece protrusion with a very thin coat of clear fingernail polish, but leave the fiberboard alone, don't paint it with the fingernail polish.
     
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  4. Dacious

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    Don't. You risk damaging them. The poles will move if you apply pressure, and can snag and damage the lacquer on the wires.

    They look like that brand new - the nickel in the alnico probably has an iron content. If it bugs you, you could learn to play with the ashtray on.
     
  5. hopdybob

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    you could use a glass(fiber) pen. its like a ballpoint with a bundle off glasfiber.
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    you brush rust off the pole ends, but be careful with your fingertip not to get fiber in them. that can hurt you for a while.
    also make sure the dust don 't get in your eyes, you have to work very cleanly
     
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    lemon juice/salt; wipe off after couple mins
     
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