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Mustang Cleanup

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by el basso, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. el basso

    el basso Supporting Member

    I'm a rookie DIY'er. I just found a nice, albeit weathered, 1974 Mustang in burst with a pearl pickguard. The plate was warped in several spots, so I removed it to reveal what the pics show.

    I'm ordering a new pickguard (pearl? tort?) and screws, but should I clean this up at all? If so, how? Thanks in advance for any advice!



  2. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Probably the celluloid pg leaching its noxious chemicals and eating the nitro finish. I'd just knock any bumpy areas down with a light sanding, clean it with naphtha polish the whole thing and cover it back up.

  3. el basso

    el basso Supporting Member

    thanks, tbird!

  4. grisezd


    Oct 14, 2009
    On the other hand, if the pickguard covers it I'd leave it alone. Somebody might want an unmolested '74 some day. If you can rub it off with a soft damp cloth go for it. Or sand it. It's your bass.