Clean up, yes or no ?

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by twang46, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. twang46

    twang46 Electromatic

    Aug 18, 2012
    Co Durham, England
    My Annie is 27 years old now & while the body & paintwork is in great condition the hardware (apart from the chrome Bigsby) has signs of the age "patina" as they say.

    Do I leave things the way they are (apart from lubrication as needed) or strip stuff down & clean it up to look like new again ?
    I do keep the frets & finger board clean & oiled.

    I do play this guitar, so keeping it 10/10 museum standard condition is not really feasible

    I can see good reasons for leaving it as original as possible & also for polishing up the metal parts

    What do people think ?

  2. Junior94

    Junior94 Gretschie

    Jul 29, 2017
    Patina. It's shows love. It shows it's been played. It didn't get there over night, she aged and you did too. Be proud of that patina. As always do proper maintenance, so it can last another 27 years. Just my opinion
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  3. 19MGB76

    19MGB76 Gretschie

    Jul 31, 2018
    If it is doing harm, take care of it. If it isn't then let it be.
  4. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    As long as it is not dirty or not functional I would leave it as it is. 27 years old is not vintage, Imho.
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2019
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  5. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    You wash your car, clean your house, right? I apply the same standard to my instruments. Don't go overboard on them, but basic maintenance is just a good idea.
  6. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
  7. Limuz

    Limuz Gretschie

    Sep 8, 2012
    In my opinion, age is nice, age looks good. Dirt does not. I'd just keep it clean and lubricated and stick with that.
  8. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Like every comment so far, just keep it clean and leave as is if it works. People pay extra to get a fake patina... you’ve got the real thing.
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  9. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    I'd remove the dirt and leave the rest. But that's just me.
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  10. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Pictures would help us decide. (We like pictures.)

    I agree with the consensus: clean yes, restore no.
  11. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2011
    The only thing better than a brand new guitat is a guitar with heavy playing wear and faded hardware
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  12. twang46

    twang46 Electromatic

    Aug 18, 2012
    Co Durham, England
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  13. dlew919

    dlew919 Synchromatic

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    The patina is its story. Let the guitar tell its story. Clean off the dirt. The story is unique to that instrument.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  14. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Friend of Fred

    I agree that basic cleaning is good, and then let the Annie show her age. As a 64 year old, I'm ok with the idea of looking your age, especially when your Annie makes her age look so good!
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  15. LongJohn

    LongJohn Gretschie

    Apr 22, 2016
    Queens, NY
    Clean, with honest wear on the metal parts. Rock On.
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  16. EESmith

    EESmith Electromatic

    Jun 6, 2019
    Plymouth, IN
    You do realize that this thread is ineffective without pics of said guitar and said patina?
  17. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Synchromatic

    Feb 25, 2019
    I vote for polishing it. My thinking is "Oh, cool patina" versus "OMG it looks brand new."
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  18. twang46

    twang46 Electromatic

    Aug 18, 2012
    Co Durham, England
    Link to pics above, message 12

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  19. dafreeze

    dafreeze Friend of Fred

    What a doll! But what do you want to do?

    Myself, I just ordered a pair of new nickel Filter covers and a button for an ‘08 as I’m not fond of excess patina, or corrosion. Must’ve been a svetty hombre I bought her from. Tried to polish em up, a bit better, but not enough.
  20. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    27 years is hardly vintage. I looked at the pics, and it looks to be in good shape. I agree completely with the car analogy. Polish her up to a nice shine. She deserves it.

    Even ripped, bleached, torn jeans get thrown in the washing machine once in a while. Leave the spots and dirt and they will tell a story alright... yech.
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