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future_god_of_the_axe  
31 Dec 2008 17:05 | Quote
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i was wondering what is the safest yet most effective cleaning solution to clean my guitar? ive got a nitrocellulose finish.
GRX40  
31 Dec 2008 17:11 | Quote
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I just wipe mine with the kind of cloth that you would wipe glasses or CDs with. It is very smooth and has no tooth to it, so it doesn't scratch the body.

I know they sell special rags and polishes, but I'm using this for now, and it seems to work.

However, I'm not exactly sure what nitrocellulose is, so this might not work for you!
macandkanga  
31 Dec 2008 17:14 | Quote
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I use dunlop 65. It's a kit that has lemon oil for a rosewood fretboard, a polish and cleaner for the body, back of neck and head, and a string cleaner and conditioner. It will make a guitar shine!
les_paul  
31 Dec 2008 17:58 | Quote
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I use dunlop 65 also. I think the kit comes with two cloths.
brodyxhollow  
31 Dec 2008 19:13 | Quote
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plain lemon oil is the best to use.
foogered  
31 Dec 2008 19:17 | Quote
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An old white t-shirt. No better cleaning solution.
RelaxedDude  
31 Dec 2008 19:47 | Quote
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A cloth and a bottle of water (acoustic)
Guitarslinger124  
31 Dec 2008 20:40 | Quote
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depends on the guitar. each and every guitar has its own needs and desires. of course most guitars love a lemon oil rinse on their fret board, and polish and filler for the body. If you got an acoustic, check out the type wood and select a cleaning solution based on that. make sure to blow off and dust or use a dust rag before you do any cleaning or you run the risk of scratching your baby.
GRX40  
2 Jan 2009 18:12 | Quote
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I got the Dunlop 65 kit, and it really worked well. It was about $20-$25, and it came with a string winder, two cloths, string cleaner, body cleaner and fretboard cleaner (Lemon Oil). The string cleaner makes your strings feel really smooth and gave my acoustic strings a lot more brightness and clarity. The body cleaner did a good job of removing the smudges and finger prints.

I would recommend it. :)
JazzMaverick  
2 Jan 2009 18:17 | Quote
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I use Lord Sheraton beeswax Balsam (after I've taken the old strings off and cleaned the crap off of the frets) to protect it. It makes the wood last longer and picks up less crap.
league  
2 Jan 2009 22:49 | Quote
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That is good advice from Jazzmav. Unfortunately I had to clean it with the strings on.
JazzMaverick  
3 Jan 2009 11:13 | Quote
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I've done that only when I haven't got new strings around, but it's supposed to be bad for the strings, but I've never had any problems with it.
telecrater  
3 Jan 2009 11:20 | Quote
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for the freat board I just use water and an old tooth brush (not the same one i brush my teeth with) Then I'll use some lemon oil after the crap is gone.

Using beeswax doesn't it make the whole thing greasy?

Before the guitar is shipped they will polish it and buff it with something like car wax. I was thinking of doing that to one of my junk guitars on the back and see how it turns out.
guitarmastergod  
4 Jan 2009 20:50 | Quote
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i use ernie ball fret board condishiner and string cleaner
EMB5490  
4 Jan 2009 21:56 | Quote
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make sure to clean ur nuts(lol) seriously especially on aa lp, the g string the way it goes through the nut makes it go outta tune a lot.
league  
4 Jan 2009 22:01 | Quote
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LOL it sounds funny, but seriously people, clean your nuts! or you might go outta tune. Luckily (or unluckily) I have a locking nut that keeps my strings in tune for about 20 or so whammy dives or a week without any whammy.
shawn7656  
29 Mar 2009 18:32 | Quote
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how do you whammy dive without a whammy? lol
i use either some good ol wood polish (not cleaner, polish) and a cloth. or the dunlop 65, which i got for christmas...not like id spend that much for cleaning my guitar, lol. i think car polish is a little extreme too. wood polish has the whole get-rid-of-dust thing going on with it so it helps. as for my strings i use FingerEase, which is a lubricant/cleaner/buzz-killer (in a good way). its pretty cheap and goes far...just dont get it near your pickups because it collects dust (theres nowhere for it to soak in there) and its hard to wipe off cuz its under the strings
goodtunes  
29 Mar 2009 20:07 | Quote
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nitrocellulose finish. that an old school paint that they dont use any more. its the reason stevie ray vaughn's guitar lost its paint. but the purist say that they sound better with that kinda paint.

make sure whatever you use doesnt mess up that paint since its probably more delicate than the newer paint jobs.
future_god_of_the_axe  
30 Mar 2009 16:11 | Quote
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it is a newer paint job, thats what gibson puts on most of thier guitars.
future_god_of_the_axe  
30 Mar 2009 16:17 | Quote
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oh and i got that dulop 65 kit. it works great.


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