Cleaning up a bass (Peavey Fury '94) Need help w/ questions

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by jessicabass, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. jessicabass


    Dec 22, 2009
    Got this bass for my brother but it needs some tlc.
    How to remove rust from the bridge/saddle screws/springs?
    Could i just soak them in a cup of CLR?
    How to clean up the frets? Little oxidated/tarnished
    On a maple fretboard and neck how do you clean that up?
    I know on rosewood lemon oil works, but is maple different?
    Not looking for beauty as its a well worn bass but just want to take care of it.
  2. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    1. Rust on removables: CLR is o.k. Make sure to rinse well and dry immediately. A hair dryer will help. Additional rubbing on a stiff carpet will maintain the vintage look to the screw.
    2. Frets: 0000 steel wool. Mask off the fingerboard and pickups with tape or use StewMac fret guards. Or mask fingerboard and pickups and use an abrasive pad. Either will work fine.
    3. Maple neck: Windex on a rag, rag on fingerboard, fingernails in rag where frets meet fingerboard. Or use naphtha first and follow with Windex.
    Polish or wax is up to you.
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  3. Chuck King

    Chuck King Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2006
    Steel wool is good for polishing frets, but, before using it, be sure to tape off your PICKUPS, because the steel wool with throw off zillions of little bits of steel, and they will be attracted to the magnets in the pickups. If the pickups are taped off, the metal fuzz can be removed before it gets into the pickups. Or, I often unscrew the pickup mounting screws and put them in a sandwich bag and seal the top around the wires.
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  4. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    Anytime there is steel wool on the guitar, just use another piece of tape "adhesive on top of the steel wool shreds" to pick up the remaining shreds with the adhesive side of the tape.

    The steel wool shards can be evasive sometimes!

    I sometimes use 2000 grit sandpaper before 0000 steel wool too.
  5. Chuck King

    Chuck King Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2006
    A magnet can also be handy for picking up little bits of steel wool. I have an old speaker magnet that I stick to the side of my workbench and use for just that purpose.
  6. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician - Retired
    Just don't use the magnet to clean up the steel wool shreds around your pickups. You can easily wreck the magnetic structure of the pickups doing that.
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  7. jessicabass


    Dec 22, 2009
    Thanks all for the help.
    No worries as the pickups and pickguard have been removed.
    Getting a new pickguard as well. Hard to find.
  8. JustForSport

    JustForSport Guest

    Nov 17, 2011
    Best to keep steel wool away from something that uses uses magnets, like bass and light string guitars, since there are alternatives.
    Scotch pads work great, and fingernail shaper/buffer/polisher combos to do the finishing touches.
    And as posted above, keep magnets away from other magnets if you want to keep the values the same.
    Please post some px when you've got it back together.
  9. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    I was the one who got the Fury as a christmas gift.
    Wow! What a bass.
    Came across the thread and saw she didnt leave a pic so here it is.
    She put chrome knobs on with a custom made pickguard and cleaned it up nicely.

    Attached Files:

  10. JustForSport

    JustForSport Guest

    Nov 17, 2011
    Yeah, That's nice!
    Thanks for sharing...