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Username: mpisanek

Post Number: 72
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 6:50 am:   Edit Post

Since I have been playing both bass and guitar, I have been cleaning them with old T shirts and towels and the like. When they get really dirty, I even use a bit of water on the cloth just to dampen it a little.

Recently, I have been reading about these new microfibre cloths for cleaning. They are supposed to be the mutts nuts! Has anyone used these type of cloth to clean their axe?

It is said that with these cloths that the eventual scratching that occurs with cotton will stop. Can anyone verify this?


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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1098
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 7:18 am:   Edit Post

They work...Alembic also sells a real Chamois which also does the trick. Their spray cleaner is decent as well...non-oily, no residue. It, like their chamois, is pricey though.
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Username: 811952

Post Number: 529
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 7:25 am:   Edit Post

You typed "mutts nuts" and "scratching" in the same post. Two subjects that go together nicely. Well done!

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Username: rogertvr

Post Number: 367
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 11:05 am:   Edit Post

I use the Planet Waves Mirror Finish Paste and Mirror Finish Spray, along with the Planet Waves polishing cloth and microfibre cloth. I was wary at first, but they really do give an outstanding finish to my basses. I can recommend them if my experience is anything to go by. I started using them about 12 months ago.

Username: laytonco

Post Number: 24
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 3:10 pm:   Edit Post

I definitely recommend microfiber as it has the most effect(fibers)and will do the least amount of damage (small fibers). I know that sounds harsh, but even wind and water, over time, will cause damage to a finish. As far as the polishing goes, I found that Fender has teamed up with Turtle Wax and has a kit which includes a wax, and other cleaning fluids. The wax really looks, smells, acts, feels, like car wax and I bet that's all it is. And it works! You rub it on with the included sponge, let it dry, and wipe it off and buff it with the microfiber cloth. It does a really good job. I use it on my Tribute and SG. Now, I am going to order the Alembic products because they probably are a lot better and purely designed for our instruments!
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 716
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 3:10 pm:   Edit Post

I bought a half dozen microfiber clothes from Ed Roman's about 6 months ago. (excuse me for a moment while I duck out of the way of the flying tomatoes). I like 'em. I really haven't noticed that they are much different from my old yellow guitar clothes - I never noticed the old ones scratching - but the microfiber seems to work very well. One downside (& a VERY slight one) is that, at least to my hands, the microfiber doesn't feel as nice as the yellow clothes.

Bill, tgo
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 475
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 6:33 pm:   Edit Post

My real preference is old TShirts that have been washed a zillion times and Meguiar's Gold Class wax after the Planet Waves guitar polish. Of course, when you can find 'em, I love old cloth baby diapers the best.

J o e y
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Username: tom_z

Post Number: 192
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2005 - 6:54 pm:   Edit Post

I'm with Joey. I use the microfiber, which I picked up at Ed Roman's also - of course his store is just down the street from where I work (haven't seen any tomatoes on his doorstep). The microfiber is nice for a quick wipe after playing. When I polish my guitars I use Alembic guitar polish and a very old, very soft baby-diaper. It is cotton, like a t-shirt, but much more dense and quite a bit thicker and softer. Nothing like it.

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Username: keith_h

Post Number: 208
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 5:15 am:   Edit Post

Another vote for cotton baby diapers. I use those with the Alembic polish and have good results.

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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1107
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 6:14 am:   Edit Post

I used to go with the OLD Martin Gutar Polish (non-greasy watery white liquid that smelled like rose water), and an old worn-out cotton tee (washed 8 million times). Unfortunately, that polish is is now some crappy oily furniture polish re-bottled with the Martin name. Alembic's stuff is similar to the OLD Martin polish, but without the flowery smell and at about three-to four-times the price.
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Username: s_wood

Post Number: 158
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 6:46 am:   Edit Post

You can find mcirofiber cleaning clothes here:

Shouldn't Alembic sell these with their logog embossed?
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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1111
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 5:45 am:   Edit Post

Nope, Alembic offers their $20 chamois for that purpose...thank you very much, LOL!

FWIW, I also have used Dunlop's stuff, and I use Gibson's polish as well. It smells nice, claims to have bits of "lacquer" in it (?), but it leaves a little greasy residue behind...ok on my blonde Heritage jazz box, but not so good on my LP Elegant.
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Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 814
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Friday, October 14, 2005 - 8:37 pm:   Edit Post

I've had good experiences with Dunlop's - no residue to speak of, particularly on nitro finishes that tend to get sticky. Alembic's polish is pretty good. I used the last of mine a while back. I winced at the price, but per volume, a big bottle like that is not exhorbitant.

Microfiber is nice, though I'm working through a pack of flannel detailing cloths I got a the auto parts store when I was refinishing something. Same texture as the yellow "guitar cloths", but thicker and much larger. There are lots of sources for microfiber polishing cloths that are marketed for different uses. My personal favorite, and one I'm sure I'll try is the optical quality microfiber they hawk on scientific equipment sites. How could it be bad?
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Username: smokin_dave

Post Number: 235
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, November 03, 2005 - 9:20 pm:   Edit Post

Although I check in nearly everyday to read new post's on the club,I nearly never chime in but I will now.I use the Alembic polish and the chamois as well as a cloth that was included in my rogue case when I received her in 2003.The only thing I don't like about the chamois is the residue it leaves behind.I don't know if all of the chamois behaves in this matter and it blows right off but the stuff gets all over everything.Anybody else using the Alembic chamois experience this?
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 169
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 - 8:09 am:   Edit Post

Don't want to teach my granny to suck eggs but don't ever use aerosol furniture polish..I knew one guy who used it on his guitar fingerboard and wondered why when he was gigging his fingers seemed to stick to the boards and the strings went dead..can you believe that??
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Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 163
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Friday, July 06, 2007 - 8:12 pm:   Edit Post

Hey guys - you can get a package of 25 microfiber towels at Sams for $12.50
I keep one in each bass case.
I also keep one in the glove box of all my cars.
Don't wash them, just toss when they get dirty.

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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2507
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, July 06, 2007 - 10:15 pm:   Edit Post

Or you can get 5 for $10 from Ed Roman! lol

Bill, tgo
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Username: byoung

Post Number: 719
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, July 06, 2007 - 11:26 pm:   Edit Post

I heard that Ed Roman's are ghostbuilt by Bruce Becvar.
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1597
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Saturday, July 07, 2007 - 7:11 am:   Edit Post

did ed roman do that shooting i read about?
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2509
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, July 07, 2007 - 10:03 pm:   Edit Post

No, but he invented gun powder!

Bill, tgo
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Username: byoung

Post Number: 723
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, July 08, 2007 - 11:27 am:   Edit Post

Samuel Colt's original six-gun was ghostbuilt.

And I can sell you a better version.
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Username: rockbassist

Post Number: 110
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, September 05, 2007 - 8:29 pm:   Edit Post

I recently did a major cleaning on my Alembic. I removed the strings, the tail piece, nut, tuning pegs and took the bridge apart. I used pure lemon oil on the fretboard, a guitar polish on the body, neck and headstock and used a multi use metal cleaner on the brass parts. I used a dremel tool to clean and polish the hardware including the Alembic logos. The logos showed signs of polishing so I used a soft electric toothbrush to get the polish out of the small crevices in the logos. I put everything back together, put new strings on it, adjusted the height, set the intonation and put a new battery in it. The bass sounds better than ever. It's amazing how much tone and sustain you lose due to a little dirt. This will now become part of my annual routine. I have owned this bass longer than any other's and I can't ever imagine getting rid of it.
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Username: bkbass

Post Number: 155
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Friday, October 05, 2007 - 5:21 am:   Edit Post

Many,many moons ago(30yrs) I had used an Ernie Ball product that sort of smelled like bananas,came out white and dryed to a flat finish. One simply wiped it away with minimum effort and it left a very shiney finish. It was in a pump spray bottle.Being older and hopefully wiser is/was this product any good? I'm sure some company is still making it.Selling it as the next holy grail, Hey look at this new thing, Anybody have any experiences,leads,comments? I'd be interested to try it again on my non Alembics.
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Username: byoung

Post Number: 783
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, October 06, 2007 - 1:10 pm:   Edit Post


The "banana smell" almost certainly means that it had carnauba wax in it. You can probably repeat your earlier experience by using a different carnauba based wax.
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Username: paulman

Post Number: 258
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Friday, November 02, 2007 - 11:18 am:   Edit Post

Ajax and a Brillo Pad, that's all I ever used on the Further.
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Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 303
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2007 - 11:37 am:   Edit Post

Ajax and a Brillo pad!!
Do you still have a fretboard?
Shit-if it works-it works!


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Username: jacko

Post Number: 1453
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2007 - 5:03 am:   Edit Post

You get ajax and brillo pads in the states? We're obviously not that different after all ;-)

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5642
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2007 - 7:14 pm:   Edit Post

I'm guessing that he's being a bit facetious.

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