What's the best way to aged Tele parts?

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  1. TeleFunk Man

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    I'm about swap out the bridge and tuners on my 92 American Standard Telecaster for a Marc Rutter three saddle bridge which is relic'd and Gotoh vintage tuners which are also aged. Thinking the rest of the shinny chrome parts are going to look odd so any suggestions on how I can age/relic the control plate, knobs and neck pickup cover without using a blow torch? :)
     
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    Howzabout just not ordering the beat up parts in the first place?
     
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    The parts on the way, and it's the look I'm going for. I could buy aged control plate and knobs but I already have em....
     
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    One good way is acid fumes; it's not hard and you control the degree of aging by time of exposure.
     
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    So like sulphuric acid or something?
     
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    I just found some YT vids....seems pretty straight forward...
     
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    Yeah, it's easy. I've used what's sold as muriatic acid; it's used in pools so it's available everywhere near my home.
     
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    Yes the acid fumes work well, but I caution you on aging moving parts (tuners, saddles, etc) or you might find that rust is not a desired feature. Remember how small those screws are on the saddles...add a little rust and they will never move again. I dislike the shiny chrome thing as well, but since you still want the things like saddles and tuners functional, I choose to take steel wool to the chrome to knock the shine down and make more of a satin look. I also choose nickel parts over chrome when I have the option.
     
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    Thanks Milspec. Bridge plate, saddles (Rutter) and tuners (Gotoh) were bought aged/relics. It's just the control plate, pickup cover and top of knobs that I'm looking to do.
     
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    Ok then, go with the acid fume etching then. Really cheap and easy to do, tons of good videos out there on it.
     
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    Wait.
     
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    Take up heavy smoking and stop cleaning your guitar.

    Or listen to dkmw and float your parts in a open container in a Tupperware container with Muriatic acid in it with the lid on. For chrome check after 15 minute sessions and stop when you think it's not quite enough. Then rinse the parts well and dry them. You can always go again but it's hard to undo if you go too far with it. Nickel looks much more authentic but you have to be careful not to overdo it. It ages very easily.
     
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    IMHO, the best way to age anything is to wait.
     
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