Hopefully, this is the best/correct place to post this. Otherwise, I'm sure the mods will fix it... So, I have a '76 4001 in JG. Original owner. It was my daily player for the first 10 years of it's life through my late HS, college years, and beyond. Kept clean with regular aerosol guitar polish (Gibson, Fender, etc.) and wipe downs after playing, etc. I love this guitar. My all time fav. But then, kids came along, and it went into hibernation in the case for years. I started back playing in the past 5-10 years, but only recently has this bass come back into regular playing rotation. In fact, for my brand new band, it's the best fit (even over my 06 AFG 4003). Other than the aforementioned regular polishes, the only other thing I've used on it is occasional Zymol (per the RRF guys) or carnuba. The bass itself is in very good shape for a 76...partly becaue it hibernated for a number of years, partly cuz I always took care of it. It has some dings and even a chip or two, but no buckle rash...just worm tracks from jean rivets here and there. The problem:the last couple of times I've played it, there has been a large area of milky or cloudy stuff on the back right where the bass rests against my body, and where I sweat against the guitar (I'm an active guy when playing, and it's hot in the practice room, and hey...I perspire!). The first time this happened, last week, it freaked me out. Polished it when I got home after rehearsal, waxed it...everything I could think of. No real impact. Left it in the stand over night...it was gone in the morning. Wierd. Never done that before and yes, I've sweated before! I'm assuming it's some sort of moisture effect on the finish/paint, as if the clear coat is no longer protecting the varnish RIC uses. So, I put about 4-5 coats of Zymol on it, took it to rehearsal last night...by the end of the night, same thing had happened, though it "dried" out much faster, especially after a good wipe down, and appeared to be gone by the time I got home (and fine this morning). So...questions for the experts here: is this something I should be concerned about for the long term? is there a way to stop this? does it sound like moisture to you? (my drummer said he has the same kind of thing happen to his dining room table with water rings from glasses...goes away on its own). is there someting else I should be using to protect the finish? Frankly, at this point, I'm getting a bit paranoid about playing the guitar. It's my baby after all. And could anyone really recommend those scratch guard static cling pads on a Rick? They say they are safe except for nitro, but... well, I don't know. I just know when I see this milkiness come up again, it screws with my head and takes the fun out of playing the bass, which I love. Thanks for any help or advice.