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Intermediate Member
Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 198
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Sunday, July 17, 2005 - 9:53 am:   Edit Post

If you need to access your control cavities and humidity changes or whatever have your continuous wood backplates VERY snug fitting, here's a trick I tried...maybe you've already done it. Just take a 1" suction cup and gently adhere it to the backplate and pull it off. Beats the hell out of trying to pry it off with a fingernail (or the screwdriver...yikes!) or flipping the guitar over and pounding on it until the backplate drops out. Works on brass as well.

Next week we'll discuss getting Cabernet stains out of a silk tie!


Intermediate Member
Username: sfnic

Post Number: 112
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Monday, July 18, 2005 - 3:55 pm:   Edit Post

Best tools I've found to get Cabernet stains out of a silk tie is a shredder and a Nordstrom card...
Intermediate Member
Username: byoung

Post Number: 111
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 10:45 pm:   Edit Post


Why bother with the Nordstrom card? And I happen to find fire a much more cathartic and pleasing experience. Remember to remove the tie first.

On a serious note, soda water works great on just about everything. Remember that you are trying to "wick" the stain out, not scrub it. You learn how to remove stains when you have my particular combination of body shape and lack of skill with eating utensils.

Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 537
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - 11:10 pm:   Edit Post


Have you ever tried soda water on a silk tie? I did...... Once...... Macy's cards work too.

Bill, tgo
Intermediate Member
Username: byoung

Post Number: 112
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 11:40 pm:   Edit Post


I probably have. Can't remember how it turned out. I suspect that it "stretches" the silk, causing it to look all wavy. Hence my comment about attempting to "wick" the stain, not scrub it. You'll quickly ruin things that way.

I pretty much only wear ties to church, anyways-- everybody I work with wears business casual. Even those uptight East Coasters have gone business casual!

Since I'm at home when I stain up my ties, they become my wife's responsibility. Hopefully that won't incite the relationship police =).

Username: wideload

Post Number: 89
Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Friday, July 22, 2005 - 9:25 am:   Edit Post

I thought the reason to wear a $40 tie was to protect a $25 shirt? I have since eschewed the use of ties, and am not all that fond of shirts, either!


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