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rosewood fretboard " gunk "...

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by DaveDeVille, Feb 4, 2006.


  1. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    i ran a Search on the subject and found a few ideas for cleaning
    it off the fretboard { in particular from Bill Cumpiano , thanks to rickbass } ...

    i guess my question is " should i remove the gunk ?"
    i remember reading an article on James Jamerson , where he
    said he never cleaned his fretboard because " that's where the funk is ..". :D

    i recently purchased a 1985 Fender Jazz Special - MIJ - and it looks
    like it hasn't been cleaned in 20 years , with deep gunk build up at frets ,
    especially around the 5th to 7th frets ...

    the sound is ok , but i still need to do a general setup before i know for sure
    if i even like this bass well enough to keep .

    i understand that it's a personal prefrence , and i've always tried to keep my basses
    and fretboards clean , but what is the general opinion around here ,
    does the gunk keep the funk ?
     
  2. Charles Shores

    Charles Shores Commercial User

    Jul 26, 2005
    Charlotte, NC
    Owner: Guitar Barre
    Other than in a psychological way, I think not.
     
  3. Kronos

    Kronos

    Dec 28, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    Verdine White is quite the funky player, but his bass is pristine. I say clean your fretboard.
     
  4. nemo

    nemo

    Mar 19, 2004
    Czech
    I believe cleaning the heavy gunked fretboard will open up the sound. Funk will still be there, it'll just move from Jammerson to Marcus, in a sense.
     
  5. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    thanks for the responses , i cleaned the gunk off and the fretboard
    looks very nice ...
    i'll post pictures under the "Basses" forum , i'm almost finished with
    the cleaning and will do a set-up tonight ... :D
     
  6. SBassman

    SBassman

    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    I'm not an advocate of Repeatedly cleaning it, but if you say it has some gerf build up, you should clean it off. It will only help, not hurt.:bassist:
     
  7. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    here's a couple quickie pics of what i have been doing ...




    i used a degreaser to clean the gunk off fretboard .
    that rag shows what i have taken off so far ..
     

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  8. Blueszilla

    Blueszilla Bassist ordinaire

    Apr 2, 2003
    The Duke City
    Nice and dirty, eh? My dad always said, if you want to keep it for long time, take care of it.

    You've inspired me, I'm off to clean my...er...bass, yes, my bass, that's it.




    Edit: Oh, and the funk is in YOU. Don't clean it.
     
  9. SBassman

    SBassman

    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Yikes! Have any idea what the make-up of the Gunk is? :)
    Do you want to know? :)
     
  10. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    i think it was a combination of years of nicotine and sweat ...
    yuck .

    anyway , rather than start a new thread , i think i'll
    just post the process here !
    there are sixteen pictures , so bear with me ...

    first shots are of the rusty , dirty bridge and of the
    really filthy headstock ...
     

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  11. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    closeup of THE GUNK ...
    another of the de-greaser i used to remove it .
     

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  12. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    i really had to tear this baby down .

    removed neck and tuners and all electronics , and applying
    first coat of lemon oil to the fretboard ...
     

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  13. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    i removed the pickups and sanded down the pole pieces
    ...i read that a paper bag has about the same grit as fine sandpaper , and it works !!

    i tried my best to clean and straighten out the control cavity .
     

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  14. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    i had to sand { after removing all bridge screws } and re-paint the bridge ,
    it was really rusty and dirty .
    while i was at it , i replaced the plastic knobs with AllParts
    black barrel knobs ...
    a new set of Elixer strings helped bring it all together .
     

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  15. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    here's a couple of body shots after the final set-up ...
     

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  16. SBassman

    SBassman

    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Interesting. Cool.
     
  17. SBassman

    SBassman

    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    Really nice work. Great pics and posts.
     
  18. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    at practice , this thing really sounded great .
    the problem with the "P" pickup wasn't really the pickup at all ...
    the selector switch had a loose wire , and it was an easy fix .

    also , here is a shot of the black neck ...
     

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  19. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    thanks man , i really appreciate that ...
    it took the better part of a day to complete , but it was worth it .

    this was the first time i ever tried to save a bass
    { at first i thought it was a p.o.s. }, hanging on the wall at a local pawn shop .


    another body shot , and another one of this fine bass
    in front of my rig ...
     

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  20. petch

    petch Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Medina, Ohio
    Fine work. Looks like a keeper! I had to do pretty much the same routine when I got mine. How come the original owners of this particular model always seem to abuse 'em? The SPCB
    (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Basses) is going to be very proud of you! :D Congrats!