#1
I bought a 2nd hand Telecaster that sounds awesome and everything, but it smells like cigarettes. It wouldn't annoy me so much except that after playing, my left hand stinks of cigarettes too.

Any advice? Will the smell go away on it's own?
#3
time should do it. the more you play it too, it will wear of in your hand and then just wash your hand.
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#4
You should probably quit smoking.


I'm kidding. The smell might go away, but if it's been in the finish too long, you'll be stuck with it.
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#6
I'd just change the strings, wipe the fretboard down a few times, and keep it out of it's case for a few days. That should help get rid of some of the smell.
#7
Quote by Jarrad100
I'd just change the strings, wipe the fretboard down a few times, and keep it out of it's case for a few days. That should help get rid of some of the smell.


Thanks. I forgot to mention, the case it came with is just as bad. I'm leaving that out in the wind for as long as it takes.
#9
Quote by mmjohn
a little lemon oil on the fretboard?


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Well that sucks. I would polish the neck really good with some lemon oil or polish. Always wash your hands before playing to prevent any more grime on the guitar. It will go away eventually. Does the case smell??


+1+1 lemon oil... I'd rub a 2nd hand guitar down with that first thing even if it didn't stink, who knows how long it's been since it was oiled? (plus removes bad guitar mojo from previous owner)
#11
^ what he said.

If it's a rosewood fingerboard, then wiping it down with a nice fretboard conditioner would help. If it's maple, wipe it down with a microfiber cloth, and maybe a soft bristle toothbrush to get any harder to remove gunk at the frets.

Go over the body with a simple guitar polish, change the strings, and spray the hell out of the inside of the case with some Febreeze, then let air dry (test spray a corner of the guitar case with some Febreeze to make sure it doesn't negatively affect the interior of the case before spraying the whole thing).
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#12
As a former smoker, i have not smoked in 10 years, and i smoked for for 13 years. I guarantee you the smell will eventually fade in time. I understand your problem. I cant stand the smell of cigarettes anymore. Just leave it out of the case on a stand.
#13
Yeah, lemon oil for the fretboard.
Fresh lime juice on the neck and body,
Sun it, leave it to dry. Wipe it down with a cloth.
Repeat as many times necessary.
#14
I wouldnt do anything to the guitar to cease the smell. It should go away with time.
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#16
Isn't that just cool?!? I would love some old Telecaster that smells like cigarette And I dont even smoke.. I'ts like that vintage feeling, you know..

Just clean that guitar as good as you can, but I think that the smell will never go totally away. Just get used to idea, that your Telecaster will always have that little cigarette smell. You'll get used to it. It's quite hard to get smell out of wood..
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#17
Please stop telling the OP to lemon oil his MAPLE fretboard
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^ what he said.

If it's a rosewood fingerboard, then wiping it down with a nice fretboard conditioner would help. If it's maple, wipe it down with a microfiber cloth, and maybe a soft bristle toothbrush to get any harder to remove gunk at the frets.

Go over the body with a simple guitar polish, change the strings, and spray the hell out of the inside of the case with some Febreeze, then let air dry (test spray a corner of the guitar case with some Febreeze to make sure it doesn't negatively affect the interior of the case before spraying the whole thing).

+1
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#20
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Please stop telling the OP to lemon oil his MAPLE fretboard


OP, is the fretboard maple or rosewood?
#21
Start smoking and you'll never notice the smell again.
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#22
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OP, is the fretboard maple or rosewood?


Rosewood. Though the neck itself might be maple.
#23
Quote by BrickIsRed
Rosewood. Though the neck itself might be maple.


Okay then, that's settled. I've always heard that TRUE lemon oil (not pledge, or anything like that) was really good for rosewood fretboards. It also makes things smell like lemons.

Side note: I do kinda agree, the whole old tele smelling like cigarettes is kinda nostalgic, would make me feel like an old grizzled blues player
#24
Quote by Jarrad100
I'd just change the strings, wipe the fretboard down a few times, and keep it out of it's case for a few days. That should help get rid of some of the smell.

Yes. Just take the strings off and clean the freak out of it and the smell will go away. Also, the instrument will pretty much change color. Same with my grampa's Fender Strat. :]

I actually used Shar violin cleaner. Worked fine.
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#25
Quote by Barry_C
The previous owner must have been chain smoking/playing.. Nothin worse than old ciggarette smell though, hope you figure it out!

That is a safe assumption! The previous owner probally just smoked in his house and everything in his house stinks.