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Cleaning your bass

I have an Ibanez SR-505 that is due for a string change and a good cleaning. I know this is a popular bass and was wondering if anybody had suggestions for body and neck polishes.
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Re: Cleaning your bass

11/9/2012 5:03 PM

Paul Redmile (5981) wrote:

Bill if you have access to YOUTUBE there is a luthier up in Canada that has some excellent tips on cleaning guitars, his youtube name is davey4557, the bloke is a bass player/guitarist that does restoration work and repairs, his uploads are very funny as he films most of his work.
Look him up and enjoy.

Plod.



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Re: Cleaning your bass

11/17/2012 10:31 AM

Bill Klaneski (866) wrote:

Thanks Paul, I can see how this would be a useful site. This guys got almost a thousand videos! I was hoping to get a response from someone who owned this bass as it does not have a lacquered finish and is very easy to scratch. was wondering if it needs a special polish or if you would clean the same as a lacquered bass. Ibanez offers nothing on their website.
Bill



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Re: Cleaning your bass

11/17/2012 3:19 PM

David Muise (15872) wrote:

I have older Ibanez' (Ibani?) that have a thin lacquer over mahogany; SR485s. Same as yours?

I'd use a slightly damp microfibre cloth & rub lightly. One had some lacquer-bare areas when I got it; I just hit those with 100 % Pure Tung Oil, same as I use on uncoated fingerboards.

Neck front & back are easy to get advice about.



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Re: Cleaning your bass

11/18/2012 2:27 AM

Paul Redmile (5981) wrote:

He has an email addy that you can send individual queries to with regards to finishes/cleaners etc.
Its canadianguitarnetwork@gmail.com.

Plod.

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Re: Cleaning your bass

11/18/2012 1:37 PM

Ed LeFave (30223) wrote:

I have an older Ibanez....sorta the little sister to Dave Muise's bass....
Mine's a SR480....bare mahogany
I use Tung and Teak oil as a finish....bout once a year
For dust and whatnot,I use a soft paintbrush.Gets the dust out of all the nooks and crannies
I've yet to put anything on the neck....just wipe and keep clean
Cheers
Peace Ed

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Re: Cleaning your bass

11/18/2012 3:34 PM

Dave Papke (9980) wrote:

Cheap Stuff:
Steel Wool on Frets : Use credit cards to guard fretboard. Pinch them or cut a perfect hole within a credit card.
Light Bristled Toothbrush with a tiny bit of dish soap on fretboard (two dabs in dish at most) Wipe right away. Let dry while cleaning the body,
Household Lemon Oil: On fretboard (Two dabs and spread on each board, let dry.

A couple more cents out of pocket:
I like Music Nomad Equipment care guitar polish. It got the blemishes out of my 1976 bass when it REALLY needed a cleaning.
I used DeoxIT- D% on the metal and electronics. Less is more.

There are so many different ways to clean a bass some cheap some expensive. I am sure there are household items one could use to clean out the electronic pots and body finish, but I don't want to test that out. Cue check online for more options and opinions. Any Q's just ask away.

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Re: Cleaning your bass

9/4/2013 11:47 AM

Rob Pizapio (494) wrote:

I personally use the Dunlop formula 65 Guitar Tech Kit
has everything you need to get your bass in shape at string changing time


Features

Formula 65 Guitar Polish and Cleaner (4 oz.)
Fretboard 65 Ultimate Lemon Oil (4 oz.)
Ultraglide 65 String Cleaner and Conditioner (4 oz.)
Dunlop peg winder

I have used others and always gone back to this one
Exp:46 years of playing bass