Hi, I have been playing bass for 5 months and I just noticed the saddles are getting rusty. Is this normal? Also, the frets are scratched and worn out and they aren't shiny any more..
buy some cleaning spray...
The saddles should not be getting rusty, are you sure they aren't just dirty? And your bass will not need refretting unless there are seriously deep grooves in the frets which I highly doubt is the case as you have been paying for 5 months.
Yeah basses usually only need re-fretting every what? Ten years if it's a cheaper model? And the saddles are most likely just dirty. If they are rusty, take them back to the store and demand a new bridge (A BadAss II ).
Oh, okay. The saddles are probably just dirty then, because sometimes when I use a pick I rest my hand on the bridge, that's probably why they are dirty. The frets aren't that bad they are just dirty and a little scratched. Well, what should I use to clean it?
Guitar polish, and for the neck use lemon oil (providing you have a rosewood fretboard)
Yeah, I have a Rosewood fretboard. Thanks for the help
Lemon oil won't shine your frets up but it will help protect your fretboard so is definitely worth it. If you have any more questions on looking after your bass go here.
Use really mild sandpaper on the bridge if it really is rust, should get it off quite nicely.
While we're talking about cleaning, what can I use to clean a maple fingerboard?
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=587147 is a good thread on overall bass maintenance. Delirium goes into a good overview of "bass cleaning".
It doesn't say how to clean maple though, just everything else. I already checked it before asking.