How do you relic a new P bass bridge cover?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Rocky, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Rocky

    Rocky Inactive

    Jul 21, 2000
    Los Angeles
    Hello everyone! I own a 62 P bass reissue made in 93. The bass is fantastic, and has naturally reliced over the years. It is missing the bridge cover, but the only replacement I can find is the chrome models sold everywhere which in my opinion would look out of place on this bass. I was recently told that the best option is to buy a new gold bridge cover, use metal polish to remove the gold which will expose the nickel plating underneath. Then suspend the part in a sealed container over vinegar for a day or so to mimic aging. My question is 1) Has anyone tried this, and if so was it succesfull?
    2) Is there any retailers that sell a nickel plated part?
    3) What method do those who sell relics use to get the aged look on this part.
    I am not looking for a very worn out apearing part, but rather a well taken cared for aged part if that makes sence. Thanks for any replies..
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  2. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I would check the classifieds. It seems like there are always a few older bridge covers kicking around on there.
  3. Rocky

    Rocky Inactive

    Jul 21, 2000
    Los Angeles
    I have looked, and will continue too, but I haven't seen one.