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Chamois cloths ok to use to wipe off bass? What else do

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by XIbanez4lifeX, Nov 26, 2005.


  1. XIbanez4lifeX

    XIbanez4lifeX

    Nov 15, 2005
    Ohio,USA
    you use to clean and take care of your bass?
     
  2. Johnny Alien

    Johnny Alien Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    Cloth diapers.
     
  3. pkr2

    pkr2

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    worn out flannel shirts.
     
  4. 100% cotton cloth that's never been used for anything else.
     
  5. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    By far the best thing I've tried, is a micro-fiber cloth. Check out your local car parts/junk-bling car shop as they're sold as 'detailing cloths'.

    They pick up finger grime and sweat much better and quicker than cotton, and they definitely don't scratch. Once I started to play basses in the $2K+ range I got a bit picky about what I used on them...and these don't leave any of that super-fine spider-web scratching that other cloths can leave.

    I was a bit leery at first, as they don't feel as soft as cotton, but I'm completely sold, and even give them away to guitar playing friends.

    I also use one to clean my glasses, and have had no problems in over a year...so it must be pretty non-abrasive!
     
  6. Dr. PhunkyPants

    Dr. PhunkyPants Guest

    Aug 11, 2002
    USA
    +1 on micro-fiber and hot breath. Little circles. You're good to go for 99% of crud.
     
  7. XIbanez4lifeX

    XIbanez4lifeX

    Nov 15, 2005
    Ohio,USA
    Has anyone tried chamois??
     
  8. Daytona955i

    Daytona955i

    Feb 17, 2005
    Albany, NY
    I breed my own silk worms and weeve bass clothes that I throw away when I'm half way through cleaning my bass.


    Or just anything soft and lint free.
     
  9. As to whether or not to be very particular about the material used, did you ever wonder why all those fine swirl marks miraculously appear all over your basses?
     
  10. Bass

    Bass

    Nov 10, 2003
    Canada
    I rarely clean my bass (much like my truck and my house). But when I do, I use rags made from clothes thad don't fit, regardless of the material. I have never noticed fine swirl marks, but now I'm curious so I will have to check.

    A chamois seems like a good idea, since it is not supposed to scratch paint. But based on the above testimony, I'm going to give the "micro-fibre" cloth a shot.
     
  11. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Instrument Technician, Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    Yup. I have used chamois on all my instruments since about 1964. Don't know if it's any better than anything else, but there's something about using a chamois that feels right. I keep mine in a sealable plastic bag in my bass case. After I use it, it goes into the baggie, I breathe into the bag to give a little moisture so it doesn't dry out, then seal it up. Once every couple of years I clean the chamois. I buy the best chamois I can get regardless of price - it lasts forever if cared for.
     
  12. OrionManMatt

    OrionManMatt

    Feb 17, 2004
    Houston
    +3 on micro-fiber.

    I carry one with me in my gig bag and leave one at home. They don't leave the tiny surface scratches like the fibers of cloth do.