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Cat piss on my G&L's fretboard

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ShavedBass16, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. ShavedBass16


    May 18, 2012
    Yeah, so my cat kinda seizured-out a few weeks ago and ended out wetting himself, my floor, and parts of my bass. The cat's fine, the bass, not so much. I've gotten the bass mostly cleaned up, just the fretboard reeks. From a suggestion of my dad, I used some lemon Pledge wipes on it, don't really think it helped. Any Suggestions? The bass is a G&L SB-2 Tribute with a Rosewood fretboard. I just wanna play my bass without my hands smelling like a Cat-Lady's carpet. Thanks.
  2. That's why I don't own cats.
  3. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003

    Equal parts Baking Soda & peroxcide.
  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I would replace the strings part of the smell is going to stay on them then I would get "pure" lemon oil and rub it down until the smell is gone.
  5. jay loren

    jay loren Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2011
    My wife suggests vinegar which she uses to clean wood but doesn't damage it.
  6. NickTej22


    Feb 17, 2013
    Largo FL
    Someone once pissed into a bottle and dumped it all over my old bass while I was upstairs. Couple weeks later that same person died when his brakes went out on him, true story. Kinda hard core karma. I know random but your story reminded me of that.
  7. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Wikipedia often mistakes my opinions for fact Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    I'd be removing parts anywhere I suspect got soaked, and restringing goes without saying.

    Flushable toilet wipes or highly diluted Mr Clean come to mind, but also be sure to use something to rehydrated the fretboard properly after using anything that might strip the oils from it. This is not advice from a professional woodworker nor a cat owner.

    A custom shop style neck might be I your future, or a clothespin, a bottle of hand sanitizer, and a lot of patience.
  8. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Wikipedia often mistakes my opinions for fact Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2011
    Note to admins - edit button in the iOS app would be suhweet.
  9. Sounds like its time to make a trade in at guitar center. :bag: :ninja:
  10. sharpbass


    Oct 4, 2011
    First you'll need a gun, shovel, bag....
  11. jdwhitak


    Mar 20, 2012
    Greenwood, IN
    You just might have to wait the smell out. I don't know about using the cleaners that the others have suggested. You definitely don't want to soak the wood with them.

    I've used naptha aka lighter fluid for years because it was recommended by Dan Erlewine, the famous repairman. Don't know how it will do on piss.

    How was the cat in a position to piss on it anyway? Do you leave your bass laying on the floor?
  12. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Replace the neck w/ a Moses Graphite equivalent. It's worth the dough. My L2000 kills now!
  13. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    There are enzyme products, available at pet stores, that are designed to break down the urine and also deodorize what was peed on. That will work better than most home remedies. Sunlight is a great deodorizer but I'd use the enzyme stuff first.
  14. Oh no, I feel sorry for you - cat piss is the worst. But it does get weaker with time "lots of time". Good luck

  15. GBassNorth


    Dec 23, 2006
    I suspect you've already become sensitized to the cat piss smell so no matter how much you try to get rid of it you'll always pick up a trace hint of it and it wii eventually drive you nuts.
    I'd suggest you just bite the bullet and replace the neck with a new one and throw the old strings away. If you still detect it after that just sell the bass, chances are that after all the replacements there won't be any real odor but your mind will always have that doubt and you'll constantly swear you smell it but others won't because they haven't been sensitized to it.
    Good luck.
    Hope the cats ok now, if not be sure to hide all your other gear.
  16. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    Yes called Natures Miracle. You can by online too.
  17. emblymouse

    emblymouse Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    Lakland Artist Endorser
    I use an orange oil and beeswax wood conditioner on my rosewood boards. It will clean moisturize, and the orange oil ought to overpower the smell. This I got from Carl at Lakland, good stuff. That bass will smell better than you.
  18. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz

    May 26, 2010
    Maybe the cat really didn't have a seizure and was trying to tell you something about your playing.
  19. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Agreed, but how much can you realistically expect to get for a cat?
  20. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Keep my basses in their cases when I ain't playin' 'em.

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