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cleaning your bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by refuge4, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. refuge4


    Jan 23, 2009
    Houston, TX, USA
    i have a few fender basses, all later models (later than 2000) and they are all completely gloss covered. i know there is 'guitar/bass cleaner' but is it really worth it? i mean, they're all covered in poly (no highway ones here) and it's fairly thick from my understanding. so is it really going to make a difference if i wipe my bass down with something not specifically meant for that? if no why and if yes what do you use. thanks guys.
  2. M5Yates


    Feb 7, 2005
    Austin, TX
    A micro fiber cloth works well to wipe down after you play.
    (I get mine from Sams for $12 for a pack of 25.)
    Any car wax/polish will help keep it shiny.
    I use the often recommended Scratch-X & Zymol.
  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Dunlop 65.
  4. refuge4


    Jan 23, 2009
    Houston, TX, USA
    cool. good to know. thanks for the feedback. anyone else?
  5. Craig_S

    Craig_S Banned

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    You don't need any special cleaners. Just use a lightly dampened soft cloth, if they are really dirty, then wipe them dry with another soft cloth. Keep some clean flannel cloth to wipe them down, after you play, to avoid any buildup.
  6. refuge4


    Jan 23, 2009
    Houston, TX, USA
    yea, i've been playing a lot of sweaty gigs lately and it's really starting to show on my black basses. i just didn't want to do anything stupid for a quick fix.
  7. kb9wyz


    Sep 8, 2008

    Also, it has carnuba wax in it, so you can give it solid wipedown a few times before you need to use it to clean again.
  8. stingray69

    stingray69 Talkbass Legit

    Aug 11, 2004
    St Louis Area

    For shine, I've never had any "bass/guitar product" that gives anything even close to the same shine that a good car polish does. I think the idea behind that is most good car polishes fill & smooth tiny micro-scratches in the clear poly finish, leaving a very noticeable & great looking shine. I've used Meguiars Showroom & EagleOne Nanowax w/MicroFiber cleaning cloths, but any quality car polish should yield good shine results. For simple smudge removal, I've used Dunlop65 & some Planet Waves stuff.
  9. basste


    Oct 8, 2003
    Flaxseed oil for the fingerboard. Cheap and very efficient: put the oil, then 5 minutes after clean excedent with a soft clothe.
  10. refuge4


    Jan 23, 2009
    Houston, TX, USA
    yea, i use linseed oil on my rosewood guitar necks. i'll have to try the car polish, you know how black basses show every little thing.
  11. LoveThatBass


    Jun 28, 2004

    Highly recommended for polishing without using anything but the micro fiber cloth after you play. I use the Microfiber cloths for cleaning my eye glasses too.
    I have used Zymol, Scratch-X, and Virtuoso.
    My favorite is Virtuoso.
    Guitar Center sells it as well as some others.
  12. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    Micro Fiber cloth for the body is great. Also, you can use a clean cloth baby diaper. No lint and very good for cleaning gloss finish basses. For the fretboard, I use 0000 steel wool for cleaning part 1. Wipe it down very well. I do not use any of the typical oils, I use trombone oil. A small drop on each fret (rosewood fretboards only). I bought my bottle about 15+ years ago and still have 1/2 of it left. Work it in with your finger and let it sit a minute or 2. Use that baby diaper to clean the excess off and you are good to go..
  13. Steveaux

    Steveaux Safe-Guardian of the Stoopid

    Jul 1, 2008
    The Wilds of NW Pa.
    Turtle Wax.
  14. Laklandlover

    Laklandlover Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA BABY
  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Virtuoso cleaner and Virtuoso polish. Made for ALL guitars and stringed instruments.

    Easy to find online.

    The CLEANER is exactly what you need - no silicone, no abrasives, but it will take off grunge and old cig smoke.
  16. Billnc


    Aug 6, 2009
    Charlotte NC
    Avoid anything that has silicone in it.
  17. BlackFenderBass


    Aug 9, 2009
    I use some Martin acoustic guitar polish. Works good. Cleans it.
  18. Laklandlover

    Laklandlover Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA BABY
    While we are on the subject of cleaning. I don't have a clues as to what to use on a maple fingerboard. Help :help:
  19. M5Yates


    Feb 7, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Same stuff you'd use on the painted body
  20. Laklandlover

    Laklandlover Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA BABY
    Dude Really!

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