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Gibson G-45 Studio cleaning


Darran King
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Hi,

I am learning to play guitar and have a G-45 Studio. It now needs a string change, and at the same time I wanted to give it a clean.

Question is what should I use to clean it with, I’m new to this so really have no clue what to use and don’t want to damage the guitar.

Darran

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D,

Use some Gibson polish :

https://www.gibson.com/Gear/Cleaning-and-Care/AIGG-910

A few drops usually do the trick .

You can use an old (but clean)cotton shirt or rag to wipe it down .You don’t have to do it too often , just  once every few months .

 

Let us know if you have further questions .

 

JC

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Depends how dirty you got it !     The finish is nitrocellulose - so do NOT use harsh chemicals.  Insect repellent, for example, will eat into the finish.  I use Gibson polish, like JCV.   Now, your fingerboard is actually raw, unprotected wood, and where you are more likely to build up grunge.  There are many products specifically designed for the task.  You don't just want to clean it, but to 'condition' it.   Best suggestion I can offer - wash your hands before you play  !    Nothing worse than burrito grease on your fretboard.  

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21 hours ago, JuanCarlosVejar said:

D,

Use some Gibson polish :

https://www.gibson.com/Gear/Cleaning-and-Care/AIGG-910

A few drops usually do the trick .

You can use an old (but clean)cotton shirt or rag to wipe it down .You don’t have to do it too often , just  once every few months .

 

Let us know if you have further questions .

 

JC


would I use this on the satin body finish and the walnut fretboard ?

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17 hours ago, fortyearspickn said:

Depends how dirty you got it !     The finish is nitrocellulose - so do NOT use harsh chemicals.  Insect repellent, for example, will eat into the finish.  I use Gibson polish, like JCV.   Now, your fingerboard is actually raw, unprotected wood, and where you are more likely to build up grunge.  There are many products specifically designed for the task.  You don't just want to clean it, but to 'condition' it.   Best suggestion I can offer - wash your hands before you play  !    Nothing worse than burrito grease on your fretboard.  

Not sure it’s nitro for the finish it’s satin. The fingerboard is walnut for my studio. 

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Polish actually removes some of the finish revealing a fresh shiny layer underneath.  A cotton polish cloth no matter how soft it feels will often leave swirl marks in a nitro finish.  Just wipe it down with a micro-fiber cloth.  If there is some grime built up you can dampen the cloth, but polish isn't really necessary unless it is really dirty.  Wiping it down after each time you play takes about 30 seconds and will keep the finish looking good for years.  If the walnut fretboard is dry  you can oil it, but you can use about 1/10 th of what the fellow in the video uses.  About once a year is probably often enough for that.

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