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Bass cleaning product

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 8:22 am
by BrendonM
Hi there,

after gigging on Saturday night at a local bar in Hamilton called the 'Cazbar' where it was hot and absolutely jam packed with hot sticky bodies, my bass was left covered in sweat, a little dust and a few drops of Red Bull. I don't perspire profusely at all, in fact if anything I would say I perspire less as I am relatively fit, however we are in the hot season up here and Hamilton can be quite a muggy town. Hence the sweat factor.

Anyway, yesterday I pulled my bass out of the case and gave it a really good clean and at that time wondered what other people are using to clean theirs. I am still using a little white bottle of Martin Guitar Polish from about 7 years ago. Don't be suprised at how long it has lasted at I have just finished a 5 year break from playing (eerrr.. that is, no playing for 5 years). I find the Martin product to be really good and leaves my bass back in its showroom state.

What do you use to clean your bass?

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 1:13 pm
by Jazzbass
I tried most on the market, but ye good olde Pledge works just fine for me these days.

My gear is forever covered with spit, since I am the singer, so I do need to clean often.

Pledge

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 3:21 pm
by BrendonM
I concur with using Pledge, it does work well and you can buy the scented stuff which means your instrument can smell like Orange or Lemon. It also leaves the instrument nice and slippery against your clothes which can be handy for ease of movement.

eewww.... covered in spit. Funny thing is there was a moment on Saturday night where as I was singing a line I am sure that I spat on the girl dancing in front of me. She did'nt seem to mind though :? Crazy groupies...

I have recently converted our family home to using all non-toxic products, i.e. all fully biodegradeable products instead of what is most common at the supermarkets. So if I find a cleaner alternative will let you know. Thyme or Tea tree are very good natural alternatives but will do some more investigation regarding this.

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 4:51 pm
by Dan
Where would one acquire this "Pledge"?

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 5:56 pm
by Jazzbass
LOL - supermarket, in a spray can mainly. Its furniture polish.

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 10:44 am
by Dan
Ah heh.

Will try that out, a nice orange scented bass would suit me just fine, mines a bit stinky at the moment :?

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 12:38 pm
by timi
I clean my basses with sweat.

But then wipe them down with a soft dry cloth afterwards.
I dont use polish cause I don't like 'em looking shiny.

Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2007 4:39 pm
by BrendonM
I clean my basses with sweat.
and thus the instrument truly becomes an extension of yourself :)

(There have been times where I have done the same - on the road with no cleaning product)

Posted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 1:19 pm
by ryla
lets see, mike pedulla recommends , for the fingerboard - tung oil based product; for the frets some bling cleaner from a jewellers; and dupont no. 7 auto polish for the body, alas i cant get the dupont here so i just use a dry cloth for everything very internittently (a bit o' mojo dont hurt), strings though get a good rodgering with the cloth straight after gig religeously, - DR strings are hard to get and cost a bit.

Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2007 12:51 pm
by Cory
I have tried pledge for a while after it was recomended to me. I have the best results with the "Advanced Orange" formula.

Re: Bass cleaning product

Posted: Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:06 pm
by kninez
Hey im glad to see others use pledge cause i use it toooo...and i wasnt sure if it was ok for the wood but if its ok for the house furniture why not eh! (get it in the super market) :D

Re: Bass cleaning product

Posted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 8:33 pm
by BrendonM
I tried this Fender Mist and Wipe ( see http://www.fender.com/products/search.p ... 0990516000 )
and it is great for removing sweat, dust and grime and leaves a really nice finish.

Re: Bass cleaning product

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:46 am
by ryla
looks good, i wonder whats in it, my bass luthier recommends not to go for any wax based stuff on poly finished gear as it leaves a haze, i suppose if your bass is satin finish you need somit else?

Re: Bass cleaning product

Posted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 9:08 am
by BASSAL
HI,I MADE MY FIRST 6 STRING ACCOUSTIC WAY BACK IN 1957!!!! DONT LAUGH,NOT TOO LOUD ANYWAY,WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING TO OFFER!!!MY GUIDE WAS AN EXPERIENCED LUTHIER AND THE ONLY THING HE USED EVEN THEN WAS PLEDGE.AND SINCE THEN I HAVE USED NOTHING ELSE. THE HARDEST PART IS STOPPING YOUR PARTNER FROM USING IT ALL ON THE FURNITURE.GOOD JOB MOST GIGS ARE AT NIGHT,SMELL IS A PREFERENCE THING,BUT I WONT GO ANY FURTHER DOWN THAT TRACK.CHEERS AL. :D

Re: Bass cleaning product

Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 8:59 am
by BASSAL
Sorry,will have to get used to typing lower case,al :D