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cleaning my cirrus

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by superphat, Nov 27, 2001.


  1. superphat

    superphat

    Sep 30, 2001
    hey all,
    how do i clean my peavey cirrus (walnut/bubinga)?
    it's an oiled finish so i was worried about using the same polish i use for my fender jazz bass.
    your advice is greatly appreciated!

    p.s. i love this bass!
     
  2. On my Cirrus I use boiled linseed oil on the neck and fingerboard and a lint-free cloth on the rest of it.

    hope this helps,

    allan
     
  3. Player

    Player

    Dec 27, 1999
    USA Cincinnati, OH
    I use lemon oil on my tung oiled basses.
     
  4. CYoung

    CYoung

    Nov 30, 2000
    Gainesville, FL
    On the Peavey forums, they recommend Lemon oil for general cleaning of the oiled finished bodies and the fretboards.

    It does not hurt to apply a fresh layer of tung oil every once in a great while (e-mail me and I can foward you info on this) if the wood starts to dry out.

    Linseed oil is popular with some folks, but remember one thing: it tends to never really "dry out" like most oils. This can lead to premature string 'gunk' because of lemon oil leaching out of the fretboard. I would stick to lemon oil on fretboards.
     
  5. rickreyn

    rickreyn

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    some spray from Formby with an almond scent. My wife hates the lemon oil smell. It worked real well. I'd really like to get some Warwick wax for it, but the Formby stuff leaves no residue. I too have a bubinga/walnut Cirrus.
    [​IMG]
     
  6. please re-read what you just wrote, I'm confused. Does linseed oil have lemon oil in it?
     
  7. Player

    Player

    Dec 27, 1999
    USA Cincinnati, OH
    I luthier friend recomended mineral oil (basically lemon oil without the lemon) which can be had at your local drug store.
     
  8. Player said...

    I luthier friend recomended mineral oil (basically lemon oil without the lemon) which can be had at your local drug store.

    It's not my intent to start a lemon oil/linseed oil/mineral oil/motor oil debate, but there's a post from Roger Sadowski and a forwarded email from Lane Poor on this subject -

    I hear lemon oil is just mineral oil with drying agents and a nice smell added. It's a little confusing but I'd take Roger and Lane's word over Peavey's, but that's just me.

    cheers,

    allan
     
  9. b0nes83

    b0nes83

    Dec 14, 2000
    i use lemon oil on my bubinga cirrus. works good. peace
    Chad
     
  10. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania

    I don't see what logic this follows?
    It appears that you're talking about a Peavey Cirrus, but yet you think that Roger Sadowsky will know more about the Cirrus than the makers?


    Excuse my critique, but I think that's just plain silly!
     
  11. superphat

    superphat

    Sep 30, 2001
    actually, my peavey cirrus manual just says: "The oil/urethane finish requires a light application of tung oil or natural finishing oil. Light sanding with 0000 steel wool is recommended for finishing. To complete the job, wipe with a dry, soft cloth."
    i don't think this really contradicts roger sadowsky or lane poor, because it doesn't say anything about lemon oil, and the term "natural finishing oil" kinda leaves it open, doesn't it?
    so, no need to argue :D
    i think i'm going to apply some tung oil and then try cleaning with boiled linseed oil once or twice a year.
     
  12. CrawlingEye said...

    I don't see what logic this follows?
    It appears that you're talking about a Peavey Cirrus, but yet you think that Roger Sadowsky will know more about the Cirrus than the makers?


    Excuse my critique, but I think that's just plain silly!


    Not intending to argue, but I thought I'd explain my rationale.

    I don't think Peavey makes wood - therefore I don't think they are more credible than Roger or Lane. If we were talking about a sealed finish then no oil at all would be required, I guess. We can certainly agree to disagree :D

    allan
     
  13. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Hmmm, I don't think Roger or Lane make wood, either. Last I heard, it came from trees.;) :D

    (no offense intended, but I couldn't resist:p )
     
  14. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania

    :D I was going to say the same. hehe:D
     
  15. You guys were a little quicker than I was - I think it's part of being middle-aged and being plagued with CRS :D

    So if neither Roger nor Lane nor Peavey make wood, none are automagically an expert on wood care, yes?

    Now we move on to the area of hands-on experience. I'd stack Roger or Lane's experience against just about any Peavey employee's experience.

    [in my best Richard Fish voice]

    Did I win?

    cheers,

    allan
     
  16. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania

    You're going to say that someone who didn't make the product knows more about the product than the manufacturer?

    This is retorting to what I was saying before...
    It's just plain silly. :confused:
     
  17. CrawlingEye said...

    You're going to say that someone who didn't make the product knows more about the product than the manufacturer?

    No, I'm not going to say that. What I did say was that Peavey was no more credible when giving advice about caring for unfinished wood than Roger and Lane are.

    Roger and Lane probably don't know squat about Cirrus electronics but they probably do know a lot more about getting the tone they want out of a piece of wood than Peavey does. If I wanted my Cirrus to have a little more bite or more thump or warmer mids do you think I'd call Peavey? Nope. I'd call Lane or Roger.

    This is retorting to what I was saying before...
    It's just plain silly. :confused:


    Your opinion - and you're entitled to it.

    I'm done now - we'll have to agree to disagree. You may have the last word if you like ;)

    allan
     
  18. rcrimm

    rcrimm Commercial User

    Jun 20, 2000
    Meridian, MS USA
    Customer Service, Peavey Electronics
    We use and recommend a clear "lemon oil", which we also sell through dealers as an accessory item.

    This product will not gum up, dry out, or discolor your instrument. We recommend it not because we want to sell you something, but because it is the same stuff we use in the factory and in service to clean and moisturize oil finishes.
    I don't know what is in it, but I know it will NOT harm the finish on your bass.
    If the formula specs are important to you, I will try to find out what is in it next week. What ever you do, do not use "polish" of any kind on an oil finish.

    That is my 2 cents, but what do I know anyway? Gotta go play now.
     
  19. superphat

    superphat

    Sep 30, 2001
    please do post the ingredients, when you can~
    it would be much appreciated.
     
  20. Wxp4759cb

    Wxp4759cb

    Nov 23, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I use this stuff called Guitar Honey on My Bubinga Cirrus Body, and I use lemon oil on the fret board. The Guitar Honey is excellent I highly reccomend it if you can find some!
    Any thing mentioned above would work fine too.