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Username: jeffrey

Post Number: 17
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 11:55 am:   Edit Post

I hate having to polish the brass on my bass. Try your best and estimate what it would cost to refinish my bass and change the peghead logo from the glued-on brass one to a inlaid, under the finish one.
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Username: crgaston

Post Number: 217
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 1:44 pm:   Edit Post

Well, the inlaid logo with shell is 950 on the quote generator, and I think a refinish is around 750, but I don't remember for sure. They may not have to refinish the whole bass, however.
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 1183
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 8:14 pm:   Edit Post

Getting the logo plated seems a much more economical choice. Did you consider that option?
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Username: groovelines

Post Number: 288
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 11:24 am:   Edit Post

Just a guess, but I would expect even plated parts need occasional TLC. Otherwise, Bob's suggestion sounds like a reasonable solution for the logo.

Joey has mentioned applying a "sealant" by hand. I don't recall the product's name, but it's a liquid/bottled version of a popular hairspray. I doubt that it's permanent but it may reduce the number of times you'd need to polish the brass.
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Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 910
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 12:05 pm:   Edit Post

Gold-plated hardware is extremely low maintenance. Gold is so stable that you will spend infinitely more time just dusting it than polishing off any tarnish - particularly on the peghead logo that gets almost no oils or acids from contact with your skin. Goldplating the bridge hardware would truly reduce your cleaning and polishing time.
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 591
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 1:53 pm:   Edit Post

Joey's secret product is (shhhh) PRELL shampoo.
(just a tiny amount)

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Username: crgaston

Post Number: 220
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 8:29 pm:   Edit Post

Prell? Well you learn something new everyday!
Then, of course, there's always clear nail polish...
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 1344
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 9:29 pm:   Edit Post

I believe it was VO5, or at least this was discussed in a recent thread.

Bill, tgo
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Username: bob

Post Number: 655
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 10:32 pm:   Edit Post

Yes, it was (is) VO5, similar to putting a thin coat of oil over the brass. Haven't tried this myself, as I don't seem to have corrosive sweat, and/or I just don't play enough.

Also, it's doubtful that your logo is brass - I think the ones that look like that are actually bronze. It's a little hard to believe you have major tarnish problems here, so I'm thinking you might be more disturbed by the need to polish other stuff (bridge, nut, tailpiece?).

Depending on what your other hardware looks like, you might consider a surface mount silver logo, which looks more like pewter, and might be more like $100? However, I don't think Alembic ever ships logos, so any change there is likely to mean a trip home.

Gold has some advantages, if you like the look, though it's expensive to start with, and has a tendency to pit over time. By looking at the the custom quote generator, you could get an idea of what various plating options would cost, though there would probably be some extra charge to get them prepped and such.
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 593
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 7:47 am:   Edit Post

Oh Wait!
Joey's secret was VO5. The Prell was for my face.

signs of an aging mind

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