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100watt
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 1:58 pm    Post subject: Tarnished hardware? Reply with quote

Bought a new LS150 a few months ago and now the finish appears to be coming off the bridge, the tail piece and the screws holding them. I know this is desirable to some in the world of relics and such, but I like things new to look new for a little longer than a few months. Any body else had this problem. Am I being too fussy?
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JohnA
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's one of the good/bad depending how you look at it things about nickel hardware. The only way to keep it looking newer for longer is to clean the hardware each time you play it. It reacts to sweat.

I know it's nice to have a shiny new guitar but you will like it more as it starts to look played, If you think you feel bad now wait till the first time you ding it! It WILL happen
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100watt
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too late already done! One very unhappy ding on the headstock. Oh well welcome to played in.
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marcusnieman
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

100watt wrote:
Too late already done! One very unhappy ding on the headstock. Oh well welcome to played in.


Think of them as beauty marks. Also makes it easier to identify your gear if someone decides to make off with it.
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100watt
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never thought of it like that. Takes some getting used to the "lived in " look instead of shiny shiny. Never mind still sounds the biz!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2007 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now it will look like you're an experienced guitarist, rather than someone who's just started playing. Fender charge about ?200 more for the Custom Shop guitars with knocks and bangs on them - they''re called relics. So your guitar is now a light relic - be happy!
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PoorMan
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2007 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mothers Mag and Aluminum Polish will bring the shine back and protect it from oxidation.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brasso works well.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Autosol is the best metal polish I have ever used. I used it on some really badly tarnished gold bathroom taps and was amazed how good it was.
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AlanN
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2007 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just thank the lord you don't have gold hardware. Eight months from new before I ate through the half the gold on the pickup covers of my old Sheraton!
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coolcustomer31
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had this problem with some gold hardware and it was absolutely terrible. I won't buy another guitar with gold. I hate dings too, but they will always happen if you play it enough.
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