Good guitar cleaning products?

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  1. Acaciastrain360

    Acaciastrain360 REST IN PISS

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    Hi, what do you guys recommend... I’m in UK so anything within UK would be great for postage, otherwise doesn’t really matter

    Lemme know :)
     
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    The Dunlop formula stuff is great.
    Ernie Ball wonderwipes are great for cleaning / oiling your fretboard at the same time.

    Any fret polishing kit off of Amazon is great to have on-hand too, look for one that has the metal piece with the slot for the fret to protect the wood.
     
  3. MaxOfMetal

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    Naphtha: Great for removing grime and gunk from hardware, fretboards and most finishes.

    3-In-One Oil: Use it to clean and polish metal parts.

    Mineral Oil: All bare wood should get a regular coating.

    Uncented Handsoap: Add a drop to some distilled water to clean modern guitar finishes (Polyurethane, Polyester, etc. hard finishes).

    Old Toothbrush: Perfect to loosen up fretboard gunk and layers of sweat/dust from the bridge and other hardware.

    Flannel: Cut some 100% cotton into 10" square pieces. It should be rough enough to clean.

    Microfiber: Again, get it in bulk and cut to size. Works incredibly well for finer cleaning and polishing.

    Micromesh: Use grits from 4000 to 8000 to polish fretwire.

    BONUS: Wash your hands before playing and wipe your guitar down with a damp cloth afterwards. You'll notice how much cleaner your guitar.
     
  4. delson

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    Thick, slightly damp cloth, and then wipe dry. Cheap and angry.
     
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    In addition to what Max said, I'll add:

    Spit/saliva. Seriously, this will dissolve most crud on the guitar pretty quickly. Use Naptha for anything more stubborn.

    Gorgmyte. This is the shit for cleaning frets and fingerboards. I only discovered it in the past year and wonder what I did without it. You can find it at Stewart MacDonald.
     
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    JJ's Gorgomyte. Like Adam Reiver of Floyd Upgrades (now known as FU Tone) said, it's good shit. And it's very inexpensive, in my opinion. Cleans and polishes frets, cleans and conditions fingerboards. One pack lasts forever. I swear by this stuff, honestly. Also like Jim Dunlop's 01-02 fingerboard kit, just is a bit more expensive and time consuming.

    For body/paint, since I'm a hobby auto detailer, I like to use quick detailers, spray waxes, and microfibers. If you were to use Jim Dunlop's products, they are good, but they are actually based off the auto detailing industry (their classic formula is carnauba wax while the latest ones include montan wax), so in my opinion it makes sense to use the real thing as it can do both your cars and your guitars. Detailing brushes for intricate areas such as bridges and pickups to get that hard to reach dust and dirt.
     
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    I agree on the Gorgomyte. I just bought another pack the other day, because I finally ran out after like 5 years. That stuff is a miracle on frets, and the fretboard. Only dislike is on maple fretboards.
     
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    Naptha to wipe down the body/fretboard and to clean parts, and some F-One oil to condition the fretboard. Maybe some car polish every now and then if I wanna polish the body up a bit.
     
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    Any recommendations for the maple fretboard - both dos and don'ts?
     
  10. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Just about every maple fretboard on mainstream production guitars is finished, that is a non-permeable coating is applied.

    That means you treat it more like the body or the neck. So no need for moisturizing oils, just mild cleaners.
     
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    Note to self: Never buy an used guitar from tedtan. :ugh:

    Or I can pretty much just add that to the already long list of reasons why I won't buy used guitars.
     
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    :lol:

    That's actually a recommendation from Dan Erlewine in his book The Guitar Player Repair Guide.
     
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    List of people I don't buy used guitars from (updated november 2018):
    -tedtan
    -Dan Erlewine
     
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    WINDEX
     
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    Isnt lemon oil the best to use?
     

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