What polish do you use on your Gibson?

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  1. Gibsg

    Gibsg Well-Known Member

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    Hello,

    I need to buy a polish because my stock=0.
    I had the habit of using Gibson Hi gloss polish or Gibson pump polish.
    I read that Virtuoso premium polish is a good product, what polish do you recommend? Thanks :)
     
  2. Col Mustard

    Col Mustard Well-Known Member

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    for the guitar body: Music Nomad's Guitar One

    Music Nomad The Guitar One - All in 1 Cleaner, Polish & Wax | Musician's Friend

    For the fretboard, I recommend "Fret Doctor"

    Bore Oil for the Fife and Fret Doctor

    For the frets I recommend Gorgomyte:

    Gorgomyte Fret And Fingerboard Conditioner

    Really, you can't go wrong with any of Music Nomad's products.
    I've used them, and like them. The Gibson branded stuff you used is also fine.

    Fret doctor works well on unfinished fingerboards, such as rosewood and baked maple.
    Gorgomyte makes your frets shine and string bends seem silky smooth. I don't know
    anything about Virtuoso polish, but my mind is open to new ideas.
     
  3. everdying

    everdying Well-Known Member

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    i dont polish them anymore.
    i let them age and grey naturally :p
     
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  4. Coltbuca

    Coltbuca New Member

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    Gibson pump polish
     
  5. Bullfrog

    Bullfrog Well-Known Member

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    You can polish guitars? :D
     
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    Kevy Nova Well-Known Member

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    Polish is for shoes.
     
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    bwotw Well-Known Member

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    Spit on a rag and some elbow grease. It actually kinda works
     
  8. Mick

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    I usually only ever use polishing products if I've been gigging my guitars, thats when they get covered in sweat, beer etc! I use some of Gibson's 'Luthiers Choice' Hi gloss polish or Gibson pump polish to cut through the grime. I've used Virtuoso on my acoustic guitars, its good and smells nice but I think its probably better used on acoustic guitars or vintage guitars that need a bit of TLC.
    One thing is that these Gibson polishes and Virtuoso will not polish out scuffs or light scratches. Alot of my guitars get wear and tear from gigging, friction marks which wear down the finish slightly, and standard polish will not buff out.
    The best product I've found for getting a guitar finish looking close to new is from this company - Guitar Polish Scratch Remover Home
    Amazing results, light scratches and swirl marks disappear with this stuff. I wouldnt use it very often but If I've been gigging a guitar I might use it once or twice a year to keep the finish looking nice and glossy and scratch free.
     
  9. Ivan S Gee

    Ivan S Gee Active Member

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    Virtuoso cleaner on all my guitars followed by Virtuoso polish for my 'shiny-things'. I find the cleaner gives a nice satin lustre to my non-shiny guitars so stop there but if I want my shiny nitro guitars to have a deep shine, the polish kicks ass.

    If it's a poly guitar, i'll use Meguiars Scratch X 2.0 which is great for those poly finishes.
     
  10. Chevron

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    +1 on the Virtuoso, great stuff!
     
  11. shreddy bender

    shreddy bender Well-Known Member

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    I clean them with a damp cloth but don't polish them. I sand the back of my guitar necks and have used candle wax to give them a shine but not in a long time.
    To me polishing is too much work. I'm only going to smudge it all up again when I play it!
     
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    Dunlop Formula 65, every onece in a while and a micro fiber rag after every time I play.
     
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    Sweat...
     
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    Try a damp cloth to neutralize that sweat a little and your finish and brightwork will thank you.
     
  15. jeremy

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    I use dr dux axe wax. Good stuff, works all over the guitar
     
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    Definitely agree
     
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    A quick and easy light cleaning for me is simply breathing on the area where my right arm rests on the lower bout and then a modest buffing with a soft cloth. Kinda like fogging up a car window and wiping it down. Now I wipe down the entire instrument after I'm done playing and will use polish perhaps once a month. This is mostly to keep the top layer of finish "moisturized" so to speak. For me the old tried and true Gibson Pump Polish with that trace of lacquer in it has done a fine job over the past several decades and I'm satisfied with it's performance.

    Not sure how well that polish helps a poly finish, but I had a '64 SG Spl for well over 40 years and it was polished monthly with that product and did not develop any finish checks. :dunno:
     
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    Susihukkanen Well-Known Member

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    I use Gibson Pump Polish to clean the guitar body. Not very often, but typically when I change the strings or so. It is about the same with the car. When it goes to regular maintenance service, I order also it washed. It is nice to have car also look maintained. Time to time the car get washed even between.. :naughty:
     
  19. Gibsg

    Gibsg Well-Known Member

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    My ebony SG looks dirty very quickly and the ivory one is always clean. I will try Virtuoso.

    After a cleaning session

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  20. smitty_p

    smitty_p Well-Known Member

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    I use honeydew from lillies raised in the shire by hobbits. They age the honeydew for six years in one-hundred year old oaken casks.

    Okay...no I don't.


    I use the Gibson or Fender pump spray, too.
     
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