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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by ryla » Thu Aug 21, 2008 8:24 pm

Mike Pedulla recommends "for basses with polyester finish use a fine liquid compound such as DuPont #7 Auto polsh or equivalent.This will remove all grime and glaze any small scratches. Do not use any "guitar polish" that contain wax or polymers. These only build up on top of the finish and are not as durable or lustrous as the polyester itself." "For basses without polyester finish, wipe the bass clean with a clean, dry, soft cloth. Apply a small amount of high-grade dark furniture wax. Let dry 10 minutes and buff out using a clean, dry, soft cloth. This can be done every eight weeks or so, and the process will help keep your bass free o fstains and perspiration damage" - this is in the Pedulla Owners Manual - it also recommends Tung oil based product for the 'board and a jeweller should have a fine liquid compoud (that wont scratch) for the hardware. -If any one can source some Dupont # 7 pm me plse (but dont tell the 'greenies')

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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by beagle » Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:14 pm

MeshuggahN8 wrote:In that case my gat(s) have got the most character of any instrument on earth. lol I know what what you mean tho dude, after all chicks dig scars! Or in my case amputations. :lol:
As for the pledge yeah I dunno, If I came to a gig or jam smelling like a fruit basket or a uncle tobys roll up, I'd get a whallop with a sack of door-nobs..... :(
ha ha :lol: You'd have to get up pretty close and personal to smell it. How close do you guys get? :lol:
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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by Pstewart » Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:43 pm

Haha bass solo with your teeth?
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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by Pilbromatic » Tue Apr 21, 2009 5:04 pm

I wasn't going to read through all the posts to see if anyone else done this, but here's my solution:

Fast Fret!

Yes, I use it on the strings, neck, back of the neck (makes it nice and slippery if you don't wipe it off!), and I've even been known to use it on the body once or twice! It's just $15 from the Rockshop and plenty of other music shops, and it lasts AGES!!! Weird, I know, but for some styles I just love a slippery feel up and down my neck, and when I don't want it like that, I just wipe it off properly.

I played a wedding gig in Whangarei recently where the guy was pumping the smoke machine so much I couldn't see our trombone player who was standing right next to me, and I could barely see the head of my bass!!! Trust me, a high concentration of that stuff combined with two hours of sweat just makes your bass feel GROSS!!! My bass got a good clean after that gig! Haha.

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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by lucyreddy » Thu Nov 05, 2009 11:42 pm

Hello Brendonm,
This is Lucy here. I use Dunlop Formula 65 Polish & Cleaner to clean bass.It Safely removes dust, smoke, and grime. Leaves a lustrous finish.It Provides optimum cleaning with exceptional shine and incredible protection.Denatured alcohol is used to clean the bass strings.After cleaning out string with this alchohal strings will look like new strings.You just try it.stay connected.

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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by dannowilso » Fri Nov 06, 2009 11:06 am

lucyreddy wrote:Hello Brendonm,
This is Lucy here. I use Dunlop Formula 65 Polish & Cleaner to clean bass.It Safely removes dust, smoke, and grime. Leaves a lustrous finish.It Provides optimum cleaning with exceptional shine and incredible protection.Denatured alcohol is used to clean the bass strings.After cleaning out string with this alchohal strings will look like new strings.You just try it.stay connected.
Hey Lucy, I use the Jim Dunlop stuff aswel except I'm not sure if its the 65 stuff but its lemon oil. I asked the guys at Ernie ball what product is best to clean my neck which is straight maple with no coating etc and they said clean it with lemon oil and every now and then give it a oil with a certain gunstock oil, can't remember the name at the moment.

But in saying that I sometimes just dip a cloth in a light soapy water solution and clean off the scum. Works a treat. Pledge is OK too but smells like im playing an overgrown tulip! HAHA

Wiping the strings with alcohol wipes or denatured alcohol after a gig lengthens the life of the strings by heaps too!!
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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by nzsimon » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:05 pm

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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by PvanB » Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:32 am

Just new on here, but thought I'd respond to this old thread anyway. The BEST product I've ever used (after trying a few), is Rawleighs furniture polish! Buffs up easily and gives a really good protective layer. Got some proper Martin guitar polish a while back, but the cheap Rawleighs product beats it hands down. :D

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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by Harley » Tue Oct 12, 2010 8:07 am

About 1984 I got offered a job as National Sales Manager with Rawleighs.

It never eventuated because of problems negotiating salary and at that time there were wage increase restrictions.

However, I was very impressed with their range of products that were honest to goodness and up front plus good value for money.

It's no surprise their furniture polish turns up trumps.
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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by beagle » Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:47 am

PvanB wrote:Just new on here, but thought I'd respond to this old thread anyway. The BEST product I've ever used (after trying a few), is Rawleighs furniture polish! Buffs up easily and gives a really good protective layer. Got some proper Martin guitar polish a while back, but the cheap Rawleighs product beats it hands down. :D
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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by pins » Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:24 pm

"pledge"- "clean and dust" cause thats all I ever find under the kitchen sink where the missus keeps all such cleaning products :oops: :lol:

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Re: Bass cleaning product

Post by lettsbasses » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:34 am

Lighter fluid is what I use in my workshop for all cleaning/degreasing. It is referred to as naptha in the trade but is really just lighter fluid like you put in zippo lighters. Decorators bristle brushes are great for removing particles/dust from crevices and wood grain.
Pledge? No dont use that. Or any other commercial cleaning product containing unknown cleaning agents and resins. Especially not products aimed at guitarists which are just overpriced versions of household chemicals.

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