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Cleaning nickel hardware on '61 SG/Les Paul re-issue.


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I've owned my '61 SG/Les Paul re-issue for 9 years now and have never been able to keep the pickup covers clean. I don't sweat or otherwise funk my guitars up when playing (constantly) so I know that's not the problem. I rely on a Les Paul Standard for weekly shows and teaching and rarely even play the SG. So although it lives in it's case for the most part the pickup covers seem to have developed a lumpy discoloration that no cleaner will get off. I've tried every guitar cleaner and polish I could find with no luck. I tried the Vintage re-issue restoration kit. That sorta got the tailpiece clean but not the pickup covers. I'm at a loss as to what to do here. It's irritating that an otherwise mint guitar has hardware that's decaying before my eyes. Any ideas?

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