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Using toothpaste and a toothbrush to clean a bass neck before string change.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Fito Moreno, Feb 3, 2002.

  1. Fito Moreno

    Fito Moreno

    Dec 8, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    For years I have always used toothpaste and a toothbrush to clean my neck(s) prior to replacing old strings. First use a damp cloth and run it down the neck then use the toothbrush w/ a little toothpaste and brush away use a dry towl to wipe away. Has anyone heard of this or is doing it themselves? It does seem to clean up allot of residue especially deep within the frets.

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  2. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Nice Grabber you got there!
  3. old_skool


    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    I have never heard of that before. What else have you used and how does it compare to the other techniques. Could you list all of your basses from left to right or something. Im a little off on one or two of 'em.
  4. A Fender, a Gibson, A MusicMan, an eight string, a twelve string... Are you trying for a complete set or something?

    I have often used a toothbrush to clean something, usually my teeth or a chainsaw. I guess there's no reason not to use toothpaste when you do it.
  5. Toothpaste has bleach.. bleach + bass = :(
  6. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    Why are ya hiding the musicman?:(
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Never heard of using toothpaste before. Maybe someone in the Setup forum has? At any rate, that's where this thread is headed.
  8. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    I have never heard of using toothpaste, but a toothbrush could be useful. You would probably have to be carful with what you used toothpaste on. I have wenge fingerboards on my basses, and it is quite porous, which could make quite a mess. But I can't see the bleach comment being relevant. Typically baking soda is used in toothpaste, rather than sodium hypochlorite. If baking soda reacts with wood, then why aren't my cupboards falling apart?

  9. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    A lot of modern toothpastes are baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

    I've never heard of using toothpaste on wood. I've heard of using it to clean nickel tuning keys.
  10. bizzaro


    Aug 21, 2000
    And it gives that fresh minty taste!!!!
  11. yeah when u lick the fretboard......:rolleyes:

    Wouldn't the toothpaste leave a residue?


  12. bizzaro


    Aug 21, 2000
    Yeah when you forget to rinse:rolleyes:
  13. Toothpaste doesnt have bleach. If it did would you use it to brush your teeth everyday. i wouldnt. I figure if it does a good job of cleaning your teeth it should work good for your fretboard. the only thing to consider is whether or not it dries out the wood.
  14. eheeheee take your bass to the Dentist.. "look doc, i don't think its brushing effectively"



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