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Proper Upright Scrubbins?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by KellanEmSoftly, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. KellanEmSoftly

    KellanEmSoftly Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2013
    Seattle, WA
    Hey folks, I just picked up my first Shen Willow today, and I'm antsy to clean and polish it! I'm wondering what the good natural products for finger boards, body, and neck would be. I feel like the neck is a little starchy and could use perhaps the luthier's equivalent to baby powder to smoothen things up a bit.

    Thanks for any help!
  2. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

    Jul 7, 2004
    Alcohol to clean the fingerboard and plain water for the rest of the bass. No baby powder!
  3. Greg Clinkingbeard

    Greg Clinkingbeard

    Apr 4, 2005
    Kansas City area
    Setup and repair/KRUTZ Strings
    Fine steel wool or 320 or finer sandpaper and mineral oil on the neck are good. I like boiled linseed or watco as well. Don't baby it.
  4. tyb507

    tyb507 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2004
    Burlington, Vermont
    Water is okay, but VERY sparingly. Use a barely damp cloth, and don't let the surface get wet. Saliva is also handy for pesky dirt.
  5. Lucky Strike

    Lucky Strike Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2008
    Upland, California
    Sulfuric acid on the fingerboard
  6. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    Be careful with alcohol. Many bass finishes are alcohol soluble. A slightly damp cloth will take care of all but the worst grime. If you have a rosin buildup, alcohol can be carefully used on the strings.

    I would not use anything more on the neck until you have played the instrument for a while. Natural skin oil and playing can smooth a neck very nicely. if it is too rough for that, talk to the place you bought it from.