#1
So I let a friend of mine use one of my guitars for a gig. I inspected the guitar when I got it back and saw no visible damage, so I put the guitar back in its case. Several months later, I pulled it out and was hit in the face with the most horrendous stench I've ever encountered. Anyone know how to get rid of this?
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months later? As in... you put your guitar in the case for months... and are just now concerned about it?
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#7
maybe it was just sitting in the case too long...could get some body cleaning wipes and try that for it, other than that, ferbreeze or oust
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#9
Quote by Thomme
months later? As in... you put your guitar in the case for months... and are just now concerned about it?


my thoughts exactly lol.
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#10
It could be any thing. Clean and inspect the guitar as best as you can check the case too.
Maybe a mouse or something crawled into the guitar or case and died It's happened! I found a mouse nest in an old Gibson I bought once. The jack plate and jack was missing so I figure that's how the mouse got in, thank God all there was inside was shredded paper but it did chew some of the wiring.

I had a similar problem with a case smelling really bad because it sat in a basement for a very long time. I aired it out in the sun for day on my patio and it helped but not enough. I put a couple of those little car airfresheners in the storage compartment closed the case up and let it sit. When i opened the case all I could smell was the airfreshener. I replaced them with new ones and tossed my guitar in it. Now I put one in all my cases it keeps the cases smelling clean and doesn't effect the case or guitar.

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Quote by Thomme
months later? As in... you put your guitar in the case for months... and are just now concerned about it?

I have two guitars.

Anyways...Thanks everyone. I'll try wiping it down with several cleaning products. The smell is coming from both the guitar and the case. More so the case though.
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Maybe your friend spilled some beer, milk, or other liquid in the case and it just fermented or soured really badly.

Keep you guitar out of the case for a few days. If your guitar smells better, you will know to get rid of the case
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#15
Sounds like you and Jerry Seinfield have something in common..

lol
Remember that episode?
"It's beyond B-O!"


#16
Sounds like mold. your case must have been damp, it will screw up your pots too. Clean and keep in a dry place, don't put it back in the case until you dry it and get rid of the mold.
#17
leave the case out in a warm, dry area for a few days, open, and if the smell doesn't go away or lessen, you got mold problems. In that case, get a new case.
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Quote by Vittu0666
So I let a friend of mine use one of my guitars for a gig. I inspected the guitar when I got it back and saw no visible damage, so I put the guitar back in its case. Several months later, I pulled it out and was hit in the face with the most horrendous stench I've ever encountered. Anyone know how to get rid of this?


Febreez... Kills odors on sight
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I'm curious, what does it smell like?

I honestly don't know how to describe it. It's definitely not B. O., nor does it smell like mold. It's a horrible smell that can only be smelt, not described. I know that doesn't answer your question, but it's the best way I can put it.
#20
If its a metaly smell.... the strings need changing, because the sweat on them when the were last played, if not wipe afterwards, can react with them metal. i would suggest a nice set of ernie balls or DR's, or even a good coat of fast fret

as for the other comments

Oust > Febreze

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#21
Bleach kills like all oders but im sure its harmful for your guitar but the case you could put a shot glass of bleach in the case(carefullly) and close the lid for like two days and when you open it the case will smell new! just dont spill it!
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#22
I left the guitar out of its case for a day, and it doesn't smell. Either that or I've gotten used to it. I haven't checked the case in fear that I may puke in it.