Cleaning products

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  1. GeorgeGR

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    Hey everyone. Just got my Gibson SG '61 reissue and i'd like to ask you which cleaning products do you use. Is it really important to know what finish my guitar has so i pick the proper product? (nitro finish , and etc)

    Any cleaning advice is welcome ! :)
     
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    I use spray furniture polish
     
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    Gibson's use nitro. I don't know of any that don't. Epiphones use poly (though there may be some exceptions). Since you said Gibson I'd assume it's nitro.

    Dunlop, Music Nomad, Gibson, others all have cleaners and they should be fine as long as they are nitro safe. A lot of people say to avoid silicone and that things not made specifically for guitars (like furniture polish) are likely to contain them and to avoid them. The reason is that if you have any finish cracks or anything like that the silicone can get underneath the finish and if you ever want to refinish the guitar (or touch it up) finishes won't stick to it. I don't think any of the brands I mentioned use silicone and I don't even think commercial furniture polishes do anymore. But there's that to be aware of.

    At the high end is a brand called Virtuoso. They have products specifically made for nitro but they cost a good bit. They do a great job but you pay for that. At the other end, plenty of people will tell you that a wipe down with a very lightly dampened cloth every once in a while is plenty for nitro. They are right, that's good. But I also use some Dunlop guitar polish every once in a while too. And varely, I do have a bottle of virtuoso cleaner that I use on only a small number of guitars and then only once in a blue moon. Often when I sell a nitro finished guitar - i.e. a Gibson - I'll hit it with the virtuoso just so the next owner gets it in as good a condition as I can make it when I let it go.
     
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    Virtuoso is worth the $$, does a better job than all the others I’ve used including the Gibson Polish.
     
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    There are tons of products available to waste your money on. There are also soft rags, lukewarm water and a drop of dish soap that will do a good job for next to nothing. A toothbrush also comes in handy for the fretboard. Then oil it with $3 mineral oil form your local pharmacy.

    Or ... buy the expensive fairy dust products the industry will sell you.

    :rofl: ... for better tone.
     
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    Windex Original. Spray on microfiber towel. One wet, One dry. If you like polish. I'd suggest a mist & wipe. No need for a heavy polish.
     
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    Yeah Windex too or original recipe called vinegar.
     
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    Music Nomad Guitar One. Nitro safe. Works well. Smells nice. Fixes sticky spots.
     
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    I'm using music Nomad Guitar One for most of my shines but do have Virtuoso on hand for deep cleaning and polishing jobs. Should your child or friend put a lollipop on the guitar or you forget and play it with BBQ sauce on your hands, Naphtha like in Rosonol lighter fluid works well on nitro and evaporates quickly.
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    I dampen a clean sock, run it between strings and fretboard to polish if up Local large guitar store recommended Dunlop 65 guitar polish and cleaner but I've only actually used water on a damp cloth followed by a dry one. Damp cloth on the top of the neck too, with pressure. Toothbrush both sides of each fretwire to get out any gunk. Then a very small drop of lemon oil (once per year) rubbed into the fretboard at each fret although not needed in the upper frets where you don't hang out too often...you can tell when they look dry. Repeat, except for the annual oil-up, everytime you change strings (take 'em all off, won't hurt anything.
     
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    1998 Gibson Les Paul Special SL
    SL = Sans Lacquer

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  13. GeorgeGR

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    Thank you all for your answers
     
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    Old English Lemon Oil on the fingerboard.
    Apply with old underwear on the fingerboard and wipe.
    Around the frets, I use cotton ear swabbs.
    Go lightly with the oil, it will lift loose fingerboard inlays.

    Gibson Pump Polish
    and the official Gibson polishing cloth.

    This poor old thin neck Epiphone came into my hands about 1972 / 1973 in Norfolk Va when another customer walked into a local music store and said I gotta get a Strat and this has to go.

    As for care, I have used the above items on this guitar and all of my others exclusively. They work, and I really cant find any reasons to change.


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    I always wear old underwear, so no problem.
     
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    Gibson pump polish, Gibson finish cream or Virtuoso. Sometimes I use lemon oil for the fretboard.


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    Where do you get Virtuoso? I can't find it anywhere
     
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    I normally use Virtuoso cleaner and polish but, perhaps ironically, the Gibson pump polish works better on my vintage guitars. So the Virtuoso on the newer ones and the pump on the old ones.
     
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    They have to be clean ones ?
     
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