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A friend of mine repairs musical equipment for a living, mostly tube amps.

 

One time about 25 years ago, a lady brought in a shorted out keyboard. High end one too. Apparently, she always stored it on a shelf, under the shelf where she kept her cat's litter box. Seriously.

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It's a Coke or Pepsi that is REALLY corrosive to wiring & electronics. I've seen those just eat up a circuit board to ruination.

 

If it were me, and being somewhat anal about things, I'd have to take off the PUP and wash it with some benign solvent. Maybe a dip in HOT water, blow it dry with compressed air, and then a bath of WD-40 (water displace-40th attempt). When the WD-40 evaporates it would be free of any gummy stuff from the beer.

 

Just call me Mister careful.

 

Aster

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It's a Coke or Pepsi that is REALLY corrosive to wiring & electronics. I've seen those just eat up a circuit board to ruination.

 

If it were me, and being somewhat anal about things, I'd have to take off the PUP and wash it with some benign solvent. Maybe a dip in HOT water, blow it dry with compressed air, and then a bath of WD-40 (water displace-40th attempt). When the WD-40 evaporates it would be free of any gummy stuff from the beer.

 

Just call me Mister careful.

 

Aster

WD?

 

Not good my good friend. WD-40 is magic for a lot of things, but it DOES leave a film, and it ain't a good one. Get's sticky, too.

 

I guess for a guitar it ain't the end of the world, but generally, for electronics, it's one of the worst things you could use. I certainly wouldn't let it touch my prized pickups, that's for sure.

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So I was playing a gig Saturday night and spilt beer on my Gibson Les Paul Traditional. I'm not sure if it went into the neck pickup, however it seems to be fine so I was wondering what would happen if you did spill beer into the pickup? Thanks

 

Great!

 

So I assume it's on it's way to become naturally relic'ed?

Like most guys pay extra for.

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WD?

 

Not good my good friend. WD-40 is magic for a lot of things, but it DOES leave a film, and it ain't a good one. Get's sticky, too.

 

I guess for a guitar it ain't the end of the world, but generally, for electronics, it's one of the worst things you could use. I certainly wouldn't let it touch my prized pickups, that's for sure.

 

And the film is conductive.

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and no one has asked... What Kind Of Beer?????????????

 

this is important, for example.. Budwiser, oh the horrors, or a finely crafted IPA? for God's sake, if you're gonna do this, do it with some finesse!

 

[biggrin]

 

 

Just kidding, so where exactly did this tragedy take place on the instrument?

 

neck? Body, control cavity?

 

there's really not a lot you can do other than if things get "Sticky" at some point you may need to get a good electronic component cleaner, or maybe just some rubbing alcohol and a Q-tip to get into cracks and cranny's of some the pots/switches...

 

one of my band mates dumped what I believe was an entire can of beer on a "HIS" Roland 18 track VS1880 work station.

 

We just shut it off, and turned it up side down over night, and it was mostly none the worse for wear, but eventually a few of the buttons didn't quite work so well till we got it apart and tried to clean it up a bit.

 

it still works to this day.

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It was Coors light haha

 

Oh man. Light American beer. We wash cars with that stuff up here..lol.

 

Kidding,,, kidding. Hey, I like strong beer.

 

Ya as already said. I wouldn't worry. I have had an assortment of spills over the years.

Strong beers [lol] rum and coke, red wine. And likely very heavy smoke damage.

It's fine.

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