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Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3861
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 10:47 am:   Edit Post

Hi I have a dragon inlay on my guitar neck
Since I've been using it at home a lot recently the copper and brass inlays for the body and legs are starting to tarnish. What is the best way to clean it?
I didn't think brasso would be good due as it may get into the ebony fretboard. I was looking at some fibreglass electrical circuit contact cleaner sticks to do this. Any other suggestions?
Advanced Member
Username: wayne

Post Number: 215
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 11:31 am:   Edit Post

A jeweler's cloth works very well on the sliver inlays on the Unicorn.

Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3863
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 - 12:50 am:   Edit Post

Thanks. I will try that first.
Senior Member
Username: dfung60

Post Number: 599
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 8:52 pm:   Edit Post

Jazzy -

I would be VERY careful about using a rouge cloth on your inlay. When they assemble the inlay, it's all done by hand and there will be little rough edges and gaps where the pieces fit together. If you snag them with your rouge cloth, you may dislodge pieces of the inlay!

The safest thing to do is to not worry about the tarnish since it developed because you love your bass. I think jewelers have polishing sticks that are covered with microfiber cloth that you could use to polish particularly pieces of metal, but you still want to avoid rubbing the edges of the inlaid pieces.

My 2 cents,

David Fung
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 2173
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 3:15 am:   Edit Post

long time no hear Mr Fung..

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