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  1. Suz

    Suz New Member

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    Hey folks,
    I'm new to Epiphone, indeed, electric guitars in general. I recently put an Epiphone Sheraton-Wine Red on layaway, and I'm on pins and needles until I get my tax refund back!!! If you more experienced folks don't mind, I'd like to solicit some care instructions from you. I have contact/bridge cleaner, as well as lemon oil. I used them to clean up a POS Peavey Raptor that I NEVER played!! I want to keep the glossy coat pristine (i.e. clear of fingerprints, stains, etc). Any advice on that? Also, any advice you can give me to keep the pickups and bridge in good condition would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks, in advance!!
     
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  2. Paruwi

    Paruwi Kraut-Rocker

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    Hi Suz,

    Welcome here @ €pitalk
    :wave:

    for me a microfiber cloth is the easiest way to keep my girls clean

    and don't forget to post pics when you've got the Sherry
     
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    ? ? ?

    For me, simply some kind of clean and mildly damp cotton cloth.

    Your contact cleaner, does it also lubricate ?
     
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    Suz New Member

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    Thanks, folks!! The contact cleaner doesn't EXPRESSLY say lube. But I used it to clean the saddles on the Peavey and it seemed to get them pretty clean. I'm debating some compressed air to clean the bridge, but I'm afraid of damaging something critical. Best believe pix of the Sheraton will be ALL OVER this board when I finally lay my hands on it!! I've decided to name her (yes, her!!) "Scarlett." Because she is a gorgeous shade of red and it JUST FITS her personality!! IMHO it's the best possible name, LoL!!! Thanks for the tips and any future advice!!!
     
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    BGood Well-Known Member

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    Since all of my guitars are always hanging in the open, they tend to get dusty. From time to time I use a 1½ inch soft paint brush do dust them off.

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    Davis Sharp Well-Known Member

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    Welcome aboard. Microfiber cloth for daily fingerprint removal. A dab of naphtha (in a well ventilated area) for grime - which you won;t need to do on a new guitar. Lemon oil (once per year) if it's a rosewood fretboard. Pictures to maintain the members of Epi-Talk.
     
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    Microfiber cloths from Hazard Fraught are daily wipes. Good enough, cheap enough. Typically, wiping down the guitar after each use is sufficient enough to keep to a yearly deep clean. Especially if your axe lives in a case.

    Ronsonol lighter fluid for heavier grime. Haven't had to resort to anything else.

    Crimson Guitars Fretboard Cleaner and Restorative for non maple fretboards. Once a year, but if you live in the desert, YMMV. You CAN over do it with the (any) oil. The old saying, "a little dab will do ya" is very true. Once you work down to one end putting it on, it's time to go back and wipe off the excess.

    Nevr Dull for cleaning the actual frets. Typically I mask off the board when I clean the frets because it can get kinda gunky then I use the Crimson Guitars stuff once the frets are nice.
     
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    Clearly, I've come to the right place! A big, southern "Thank y'all!!"
     
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    soulman969 Well-Known Member

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    I'm not above plugging products I use, like, and trust and I prefer products made specifically for instruments as opposed to other products that may or may not be as safe and are not warranted against damaging my gear.

    For cleaning and polishing I use Music Nomad Products. Guitar One for the body, neck, headstock and hardware and F-One for the fret board. Those and a small soft bristle brush and micro-fiber cloths are what I use.

    For fret cleaning and polishing is use Gorgomyte treated cloths. They have a mild abrasive that will take out minor scratches and after treatment I buff the frets to a nice smooth shine. Best stuff for fret work I've ever used.
     
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    Micro fiber cloths, soft brush and Dunlop System 65 Guitar Maintenance Kit.
     
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