I have just spent two hours searching the forum for EVERYTHING related to cleaning old basses, followed links to Erlewhinne's (sp?) book, read countless polish manufacturer's disclaimers, and guitar manufacturer's maintenance instructions. I am more confused than ever! What I have is several old Peavey basses. All of them were originally finished new with: High Gloss Polyurethane necks w/maple fretboards & Semi-Gloss (matte) Polyurethane bodies Most of these have "checking" or micro-scratches, and some have areas where the finish has worn to where the bare wood is visible. Barring sanding and complete refinishing, what do I need to do to keep the wood from further degrading? I would like to play these instruments, and sweat and grime will be a factor. I want to clean them all before restringing them. After which I can then revert to a "maintenance" mode. I think I want to try a light amount of naptha on a microfiber cloth for removing the buildup on the neck, and some grimy spots on the body. Any reason why not? I have read where people get good results on the frets themselves by taping off the fretboard and using 0000 steel wool on the nickel frets. Good idea? Bad? I was then going to use Victorius polish on the body, but there's a warning about using it on "bare wood". I only have small areas that are completely degraded down to bare wood, but they ARE there. Is there anything I can put on the body to leave some kind of protective soft shine? I would like to leaving something behind on the gloss neck to help keep them strong against sweat. Is polish going to work, or do I need a wax? I don't want to use oils, as they would soak in, and make a future refinish job rather tough. What say you all?