Getting rid of cigarette smoke stink!

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  1. spikypaddy

    spikypaddy New Member

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    I recently lent my SG Classic to a friend who it would seem smokes heavily at home. The guitar, case and strap have come back stinking of stale cigarette smoke. How can I get rid of the stink without damaging the nitro finish on the guitar?
     

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  2. Chubbles

    Chubbles Well-Known Member

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    Put baking soda in a bowl, put in in the case and close it. Replace every other day for a week a see if it helps. Fabreeze can help. I'd spray the case, and put the guitar into the case.
     
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    spikypaddy New Member

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    Thanks! Is Febreze safe to use when it's in contact with the nitro? I know how easily it can be damaged by everyday substances!
     
  4. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    Did you loan your guitar to Ron Wood?
     
  5. spikypaddy

    spikypaddy New Member

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    Honestly, the way it smells you would have thought it was Keef who borrowed it!
     
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    Febreeze stinks more than cigarette smoke.

    Just bought a used smoker car for the wife. Man it stinks, but her sense of smell is surely defective, she doesn't mind the stink. I was sure by getting it a good cleanup from a pro shop would do it. Not at all. Smells the same.

    It's still too cold here to take the seats out and thoroughly clean it, but for 2 days I put a pan with vinegar in it and it did help a lot. Next step is sprinkling 5 kilos of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in it, let it sniff it all up overnight and vacuum. If that doesn't work, I'll buy an ozone generator. A friend of mine who works at Audi, says that's the ticket.

    I was told instant coffee would also work.

    I would try one of those tricks for the case. I would clean the guitar with a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water.
     
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  7. fos1

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    "Friend" is a very loose term.... :(
     
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    AngelDeVille Well-Known Member

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    I had 2 older 80’s and 90’s cases with old cat piss smell.

    I used a whole can on both cases and used a wet vac while they were sloppy wet.

    Then let them dry and vacuumed again.

    Cat piss smell gone.

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  9. Layne Matz

    Layne Matz Well-Known Member

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    Well it isnt for everyone but you can always insert some cannabis in a cavity to replace unpleasent smells with a more desirable one.

    Edit, a drop of patchouli or rosemary oil in your case will do the trick as well.
     
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    Mine reeked so bad I would almost throw up after 10 minutes of playing. Just left the case open and put the guitar on a stand. Took about 3 months to be totally rid if the cigarette smell.
     
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    GrumpyOldDBA Well-Known Member

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    I like Laynes idea a lot ... but yeah febreeze does work used enough ...

    I dunno about febreeze on the guitar i think a good thorough cleaning and then carnuba waxing is a better idea.
     
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    Whole vanilla bean ;)

    ...or real vanilla extract on a paper towel inserted into a perforated ziploc baggie.
     
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    Case - What worked for me - 3-4 Bounce dryer sheets in the case (an extra if case pocket) - top, middle, bottom - Febreeze. Leave closed, horizontal over night. Next day, throw away dryer sheets, Febreeze again and leave case open vertically in direct sunlight for about 8 hours. Repeat first step overnight - mine was 99% smoke free after that.

    Guitar eventually lost smell after some time in case.

    I tried everything to remove smell from strap - ended up in garbage.
     
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    Leaving the guitar out on a stand will let the scent dissipate... slowly.
    ...cleaning it with Music Nomad's "Guitar One" will help remove scent
    from the finish without doing any harm.

    I agree with Layne that a small drop of Patchouli or Rosemary would
    help the case. I'd be more likely to get one of those braided ropes
    of sage & sweetgrass from the witchy bookstore.
    I would do that after I left the case open for a few days.
    Sunlight, wind, sitting open in a sheltered place like a garage or porch
    would work... slowly. ( I dislike drier sheets, perfumes, fabric softeners etc...
    so this is what I would do.

    I used to play in bars, and I used to smoke myself, so I do remember
    the way the guitar would smell when I opened the case the day after
    a gig. In those days, anyone could (and did) smoke heavily in any bar,
    and some of the places had ventilators or smoke eaters, and some
    didn't. I thought enduring that was part of the job. *grins
    I figured this is what a guitar was supposed to smell like...
    Slash, Ron Wood, K Richards, Clapton... ye cigarette stuck in ye headstock...

    But airing out the case will work. It did for me.
    Also, asking your 'friend" to buy you a new strap will work.
    Hell, ask him to buy you a new case. He can keep the old one.
    (but not the guitar).
     
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  15. Layne Matz

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    Excellent idea, I may even do this myself.

    House parties around here are outright cloudy with cigarette smoke sometimes, I find it quite nauseating. When I get home I clean everything with disinfectant wipes, I'm a germaphobe and I know most of these people arent very clean or even sanitary. At least I dont have to wonder whats lingering around on my gear.
     
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    That’s one thing I do not miss about «the old days». These days, at least here, most people don’t smoke indoors at all anymore. I quit smoking in 2000, and since then smoking indoors has become somewhat of a faux pas. Smoking in bars and restaurants is banned, and smoking on bus stops is no longer permitted in my town either.

    The bowl of vinegar was the trick we always used in my student flat after heavy parties. It might work in your guitar case as well.
     
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    I sent my amp out for repair, when it got back it stunk like an ashtray! Scrubbed the head shell inside and out with dish soap and hosed it off on my deck, wiped the chassis down with Windex. It helped a little but it really took 4 months for it to air out on it's own to get rid of the stink.
     
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    Me too. My headstocks [Fender only] had burn marks where I parked my cig. Gross, I know. But I still feel most comfortable playing in bars. Eau de Pinesol and vomit.
     
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    Oh yeah, nostalgia for playing in bars... where the beer was cold and
    the ladies were hot. Where the stage was right next to the popcorn machine,
    and on the other side was the door to the kitchen where the french friar was
    bubbling and boiling away, with clouds of greasy steam. Where the women
    smoked those little cigars, Rickie Lee Jones style, and the guys smoked the
    big ones, like Arnold wannabes.

    ya cain't play in places like that if yer a germaphobe... ya never know what
    is on the damn door handle. Or on the pull handles of the cigarette machine.
    but you can take a shower before you crawl in bed. do it together, it's a good
    way to get acquainted. *grins

    My favorite part of playing in bars was load out... Some of those places, you'd
    go downstairs to the office to get paid, and the bar owner would be sitting at at
    desk with a handgun and a big pile of cash. Get paid cash, and then go out the
    back door to the alley... Look very carefully each way... study the shadowy doors
    across the alley, to see if there's any tracks in the snow, leading into the shadow.

    Go get your car, looking carefully around before you commit yourself.
    Park by the back door, and then carry all your heavy things out through the
    greasy kitchen, out through the steel back door, into the slippery alleyway
    and try to load up quickly and get away, with the girl and the cash and your
    guitars and amps and all. Then drive very carefully to where every you're bound,
    watching the other drivers like a hawk.

    Bar closing time was a dodgy time of day... when you go down the freeway with
    a hundred other cars around you, knowing full well that sixty+ percent of the drivers at that time of night are out of control, out of their minds, sh*t faced and
    grinning at the wheel. Weaving in their lanes, running red lights, passing everything on the road, driving like maniacs, or like morons.

    Yeah... the laughing drunk... the fighting drunk, the crying drunk, the loud mouth, the boasting drunk, the puking drunk, don't we miss them all?

    Don't we miss getting paid in damp cash?
     
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