How To Clean Your Guitar For Better Tone

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    I'm gonna try that on my R9 soon as I get home tonight. :yesway:
     
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    :ohno: :shock: Speaking of nitro finishes. I have a mid 70s lp where the nitro finish gets tacky after about 15 minutes of playing. Any of you guys run into this? I've taken 2000 grit paper and lemon oil to the neck making a satin finish. It fixes the issue for a while but eventually the neck returns gloss and the tack returns. My 87 SG and 2012 LP doesn't have this issue, neither did my 68 SG.
     
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    Unfortunately, I've often heard that a new Gibson that has a sticky neck finish never completely dries. I've also heard that they do after some time, but I've also heard that they don't. Yours being a 70's model and still not cured after all these years, pretty much says it's never gonna happen, not in your lifetime anyway. In that case, the only comments I could offer you are based on what I might do if in your shoes: if I loved the guitar but the stickiness was a constant PITA, I'd consider sanding the junk right off - forgetting about the value; I need a guitar I can use. On the other hand, if I wasn't particularly attached to the guitar and didn't want to hurt the resale value by sanding the neck finish down, I'd just go all the way, get rid of the damned thing and move on to something better. Let me also mention this: even when a Gibson Les Paul's neck is cured properly, I sill have to sand down the back of the necks on the ones I play live, because my hand sweats and again, I need guitars I can play. I wouldn't do that to a Custom Shop Historic model, but I have no reserve about doing it to models like Studios, (used) Standards, Traditionals and any other sub - $2,499 guitar I plan to gig with. If it's too pretty and valuable to sand the back of the neck, then it's too valuable to gig with... and then I have a whole 'nother set of decisions about what guitars I want accumulating around the house if I can't make use of them as I'd like to.
     
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    BS vin. its the damn pizza sauce on your mits that's causing your problems here with this. ;)
     
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    Thanks Vin. It was a quick replacement picked up after my 68 SG was stolen. Small town store carries Gibson back in the day, it was the only LP in the store. And by all rights a Gibson second for more than one reason. It's a player, but fit and finish has some issues.
     
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    Does that process work for amps too?
     
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    only the digital ones.
     
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    Annist rift file down
     
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    ^ Yeah... JUST. LIKE. THAT.! :yesway:
     
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    My guitar tech, and luthier, in Greece uses Naphtha on old sticky nitro-finished necks, which is also recommended by Dan Erlewine and John LeVan:
    www.premierguitar.com/articles/24083-guitar-shop---curing-sticky-neck-syndrome

    I have also read good things about Virtuoso Guitar Polish in online forums:
    http://theguitarrepairworkshop.com/news/virtuoso-guitar-polish-curing-a-nitro-cellulose-finish
     
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    both great products and both found in this house Gianni.
     
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    Lighter fluid has a bit of naphtha in it and i used that years ago to clean the LP. It took some of the stick and milky finish off. It comes back. Best polish I've found and have been using for years is Trick. I'm going to give the Virtuoso Polish and Cleaner a shot, it gets good reviews.

    https://www.amazon.com/Virtuoso-Premium-Instrument-Cleaner-bottle/dp/B005LCVUH4

    Edit.. I was about to order from ebay but then the Virtuoso bottles looked familiar. Went down to the bunker and low and behold I already have them on hand.
     
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    Whats he trying to scrub cat pee off that thing? He needs to do a spin cycle and permanent press LOL.
     
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    I saw that a while ago on Facebook. People were praising the guy and commenting all positive feel-good remarks. I lol'ed and posted that he was probably ruining the guitar and they crucified me Internet style..lol
     
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    what did chilliphil say on my sig line???
     
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