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Removing rosin from body?

Discussion in 'Bows and Rosin [DB]' started by CS Bass, Dec 20, 2003.

  1. CS Bass

    CS Bass

    Feb 18, 2003
    I know...I neglected my bass for a long time...

    There is a gritty layer of rosin on the front and treble side of my bass...is there any cleaning solution or technique to get it off?

    I have started wiping the bass off after every playing session now.
  2. Basschair

    Basschair .............. Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Stockton, Ca
    Hello CS

    Kolstein makes a cleaner that I've used on my bass to remove rosin, oil from hands, etc. I know Lemur sells it, and I'm sure that others carry it or similar things. Check it out here: http://www2.mailordercentral.com/lemurmusic/products.asp?dept=48
  3. I had that on my bridge , took a windsheild ice scraper to it (plastic). :p No Damage Actually!

    (just thought you would get a laugh)
  4. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA

    I don't know if it is practical, tradition or just superstition, but I have heard more than once that convention is to leave the rosin on the bridge. That is, don't clean it.
  5. I think the original belief was that it gave you a darker sound,
    but in reality a heavy buildup will just muffle the vibration
    of the bridge.the Kolstein cleaner does a great job getting the grit off. I use #ooo grade steel wool as opposed to those scrubby pads.
  6. Have I been gone that long? The bloom of the newlywed must have worn off. How's life reedo?

    Oh, BTW all you need is toluene to clean rosin off of your bass. That is the primary ingedient in Kolstein's cleaner. Available at your local hardware store.
  7. i love it when i get my body all rosined up... hehe, just kiddin...
  8. Heifetzbass

    Heifetzbass Commercial User

    Feb 6, 2004
    Upstate, SC
    Owner, Gencarelli Bass Works and Fine String Instruments, LLC.
    I have found Carbosol to do wonders with cleaning rosin. But with any solvent, test on an inconspicuous area before applying to the whole body. I know several bassists who have learned that the hard way...

    Also, ventilation and/or respirators are good ideas when using this kind of agent. Bass players don't have that many spare brain cells to lose... ;)

    Of course I kind of like my "gilded" bridge.