What the hell is happening to my baby

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by LucyFox, Jun 16, 2021.

  1. LucyFox

    LucyFox Electromatic

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    So the grime you can see cannot be removed and it's getting worse and I'm not even playing it currently
    Anyone know what the hells going on and how to stop it
     

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  2. LucyFox

    LucyFox Electromatic

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    It's a Japanese made broadcaster
     
  3. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Looks like a bit of over spray from hard tap water. :) Any plants nearby?
     
  4. LucyFox

    LucyFox Electromatic

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    No but odd you say that as I live in the country with the hardest water in the world
     
  5. LucyFox

    LucyFox Electromatic

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    There was green sports to that I removed but you can see where they were
     
  6. LucyFox

    LucyFox Electromatic

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    It's all over the bigbys and now on my bridge it's actually spreading
     
  7. LucyFox

    LucyFox Electromatic

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    Copenhagen
     
  8. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Is it bumpy to the touch?

    Try wiping down with white vinegar mixed with distilled water (not tap water).

    Take daily pics to watch progress. Try storing it in its case. Does that stuff appear anywhere else in your home?
     
  9. LucyFox

    LucyFox Electromatic

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    Yes and it's on my guitar mainly just the bigsby and bridge if it is humanity and now worried about my neck and body the guitar is only 3 months old
     
  10. MotorCentaur

    MotorCentaur Synchromatic

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    May 11, 2016
    Seattle
    I suggest a bit of research on vinegar before you start applying it. It is very acidic. When the water evaporates, the vinegar could be left behind to react to the electroplating/ bond.
    I would look into polishes specifically for gold electroplating first.
     
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  11. rcboals

    rcboals Country Gent

    Nov 21, 2008
    Springfield Oregon
    Old car guy here. Get some wenol metal polish Remove the bigbsy so you can polish it easier. You can thank me later.
     

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  12. Back in Black

    Back in Black Country Gent

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    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada
    LF,

    Not grime...oxidization. Silvo/Brasso will clean it. but not prevent it, or prevent it from re-occurring.

    Be careful with any metal polishes, your Bigsby is ''gold colored'' electro-plated aluminum, the plating is very thin, and you'll polish through it. try a test patch on a rear surface first.

    Stay away from vinegar, it will turn the aluminum black.

    How/where is your guitar being stored.

    Sea air can be a factor, so can high relative humidity.

    We saw a ''sea air'' stored guitar here a short time ago, oxidization/corrosion had begun in earnest.


    BIB.
     
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  13. LucyFox

    LucyFox Electromatic

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    In my room on a stand its now back in its case I live in the middle of Copenhagen in Denmark the humidity here is about 50% to 60%
     
  14. Back in Black

    Back in Black Country Gent

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    Lucy,

    I've been to Copenhagen, on the shores of the Baltic, I believe sea air may be a factor.

    BIB.
     
  15. LucyFox

    LucyFox Electromatic

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    There's also can odd kind of acidic smell like from the metal and I can smell it on my hands
     
  16. LucyFox

    LucyFox Electromatic

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    I live in the middle of the city
     
  17. LucyFox

    LucyFox Electromatic

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    Il send more photos when I get home and get the chance I live with a room mate and I'm actually paranoid there doing something to it but it's too slow and gradual
     
  18. Back in Black

    Back in Black Country Gent

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    Jun 22, 2020
    Ontario Canada
    Doesn't matter.

    The Baltic is a big sea, and moves lots of sea air, any breeze coming from East/West/South will be sea air.

    BIB.
     
  19. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    I always encourage people to research the material they use on their guitars and anything else. I wish everyone was as careful as you when they purchase products like "guitar cleaner" and don't know what is actually in it.

    White vinegar evaporates faster than water, and the acetic acid evaporates with it, leaving with the vapor (hence the smell).

    It is safe to use on guitars. arguably the safest cleaning material. Personally, I avoid using anything on my guitar that I would not want on my skin or in my body, as some amount will always wind up there.

    https://www.premierguitar.com/pro-advice/how-to-clean-a-guitar
    "The only household product that's safe to use to clean your guitar is white distilled vinegar. It will clean the finish, but do you really want a guitar that smells like a pickle?"

    The smell will go away, and I prefer a clean smell over perfume and chemical artificial smells. ymmv
     
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