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LeftyMeister
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Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Jul 21st, 2019 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

The chrome hardware must be really cheap because it's tarnishing badly already. I've had it a very short time, rarely play it (maybe 12 hours playing time), and wipe it down when I'm done. All of the chrome--if it is really chrome--is fading fast...tuners, bridge, & pickups.

I'll likely replace them with nickel, if I can find a nickel chevron bridge.

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Texas Panhandle

Born in Fullerton, California, in 1952
Jul 21st, 2019 05:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sorry to hear about that on your Gretsch. I have a G2655 hardtail and have had no such problems. I'll keep my eye on the hardware but so far it looks perfect.

Leftee
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VA

The Escalator
Jul 21st, 2019 06:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Man, that’s a bummer. I’ll watch mine.

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Jul 21st, 2019 06:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

I wonder if anyone has ever done experiments about individual sweat chemistry and metal hardware (doubtful).

I don't really care for the "look" of gold hardware, but even if I did, I'd avoid it because my sweat tears it up. Have had that happen on Gibson, Gretsch, Ibanez and Epiphone guitars. Also had chrome pup covers on a Gibson 335 react badly to my sweat: they got kinda foggy and wouldn't polish out. Yet the chrome on Fender "vintage" tuners seems impervious (go figure). Maybe that plating is actually nickel?

I was once actually able to sell a few liters of my sweat to Hollywood for use in crafting cinematic...

...special effects:

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If irritation occurs

discontinue use.
Jul 21st, 2019 07:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

There used to be an FDPer many years ago whose username was The Corroder. His issue was the strings would rust right off his guitars in no time flat.

LeftyMeister
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Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Jul 21st, 2019 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't have acidic skin. I've kept the same strings for literally years, and none of my other guitars have had this issue.

I cleaned them up using the ol' dishsoap and aluminum foil trick. It helped but there's still some pitting and discoloration. My guess it very cheap chrome.



littleuch
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Florida

Itchy finger on the outrage trigger
Jul 22nd, 2019 05:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a couple Allparts Mini Humbuckers not long ago and put them on my Studio 50's LP in place of P90's. I barely play the guitar but they already look like they've got ten years of clubbing on them.

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Jul 31st, 2019 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

"I cleaned them up using the ol' dishsoap and aluminum foil trick."

LeftyMeister, what is the aluminum foil trick?

LeftyMeister
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Buckeye Country, USA

Tone is in the lingers
Aug 27th, 2019 07:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

It makes a great scrub brush for chrome because it's softer and won't scratch it when wet.

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