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Old 03-07-2009, 07:58 AM   #1
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What household items can be used to clean the body of your guitar?

I have and Ibanez RG2EX1 and anyone out there know's that they're the shiny/slick type. I tend to have smudgy fingers, so when I touch the body, I leave those marks. When I'm done, I usually just wipe the areas with a white tee shirt or something. But I'm changing strings soon, so I REALLY want to clean it, give it that shiny look again like when I first bought it.

Besides buying some expensive "amazing" cleaner, can I use items around the house to clean it, without messing up the paint job and such? I heard one guy used Windex or something... I'm not that gullible. Does it work? Any suggestions?
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:03 AM   #2
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I just use a damp old shirt dude. Also don't wipe it after every time you use it, you'll scratch the finish.
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:05 AM   #3
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Yes, usually any mild general purpose cleaner is good. Some cotton buds help get into all those important little places and a micro fibre cloth helps keep the finger marks down. J cloths tend to leave bits of themselves in awkward spots so a velvet finishing cloth might be handy.
While you are at it, a specialist cleaner for the fretboard is a good idea but remember to do it half at a time so you don't have all the strings off at once.
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:19 AM   #4
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why not having all the strings off at once when cleaning? i mean sure removing one string at a time but what do you think is the problem with having all the strings off the guitar at once? the neck can take it and i think it wouldn't be wise to put such a lopsided pull on the neck...
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:38 AM   #6
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why not having all the strings off at once when cleaning?

Take no notice, it's perfectly acceptable to remove all the strings while cleaning.

There's an old wives tale that if you take off all the strings at once the neck will bend, twist and/or break, but so long as you don't intend to keep the strings off for any length of time then you'll fine.

The only time you may not want to remove them all at once is if you have a tremelo but there are ways around that too. You just need to block the trem block from the back so the bridge won't lift out when you remove all the strings. Or you could just do it in two halves as has been suggested.
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:45 AM   #7
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Clean it with a damp rag. then polish it with McGuires car mirror polish/wax. It will shine better than before you bought it
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:50 AM   #8
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a good 'ol sock with Lemon Pledge.
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Old 03-07-2009, 11:24 AM   #9
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Old 03-07-2009, 11:54 AM   #10
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Clean it with a damp rag. then polish it with McGuires car mirror polish/wax. It will shine better than before you bought it



I think you mean Meguiars?
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I think you mean Meguiars?

Yeah I didn't know how to spell it so I winged it
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Old 03-07-2009, 12:14 PM   #12
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Do not use heavy wax polishes on your guitar, ever! No Pledge, no car wax or anything like it. It will build up on your finish and actually traps dirt there vs cleaning.
Flannel (Kiwi shoe clothes) make excellent wipes. Dampen with warm water or even use your breath (fogging) on the finish to soften dirt and remove. Then buy a decent guitar cleaner & polish and use occassionally.

It is also very acceptable to wipe your guitar after each use with a dry flannel cloth. It won't ruin the finish and wipe your hardware as well to remove sweat which can be corrosive. It sounds as though you produce a fair amount of oils when playing (from your description of what's left behind when you touch your guitar) so cleaning is especially important for your case. Pre-washing your hands before isn't a bad idea either.
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Do not use heavy wax polishes on your guitar, ever! No Pledge, no car wax or anything like it. It will build up on your finish and actually traps dirt there vs cleaning.
Flannel (Kiwi shoe clothes) make excellent wipes. Dampen with warm water or even use your breath (fogging) on the finish to soften dirt and remove. Then buy a decent guitar cleaner & polish and use occassionally.

It is also very acceptable to wipe your guitar after each use with a dry flannel cloth. It won't ruin the finish and wipe your hardware as well to remove sweat which can be corrosive. It sounds as though you produce a fair amount of oils when playing (from your description of what's left behind when you touch your guitar) so cleaning is especially important for your case. Pre-washing your hands before isn't a bad idea either.


My suggestion was mirror wax not car wax its just made by a car wax company. Also I said to polish it with it cleaning it should be done with a rag.
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Old 03-07-2009, 12:44 PM   #14
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The less you put on, the less you'll have to take off.

Modern poly-finished guitars don't need any polish whatsoever - cleaning products only add to the various oils, greases and sticky substances. Almost any marks on a guitar can be polished off with a dry rag (microfibre cloth, chamois leather, an old sock, whatever).
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Old 03-07-2009, 05:09 PM   #15
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to be honest ,the best cleaner is also the most common , a damp rag with dishsoap on it, a damp rag with no soap and then a rag to dry it . it hasnt done me wrong in 28 yrs
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