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post #3031 of 5076
well yeah. but the date stamp is always cool.
post #3032 of 5076
That is a good looking axe Pio. I would leave it stock and get a perfect, easy to play setup. Then...play the f*&k out of it.

Guitars just seem to get better the more they are played.

Did I tell you the story about the wealthy tech guy who bought only dead mint guitars? I'm talking 50's Gibsons and Fenders that had original hang tags and not a nick or a scratch. They were stunning to look at. Plug them in and they were the most soul-less collection of wood and metal on this earth.
post #3033 of 5076
Thread Starter 
Thanks, PSG. Outside of that new chrome knob to replace the plastic nub the plan is to leave it as is for the time being. I think I'm going to drop it off at a luthier tomorrow although it feels just like getting that new suit you ordered made eight weeks ago and having to hand it over to the dry cleaners...
post #3034 of 5076
Think of it as finding an ideal suit and having the cuffs and sleeves altered for a perfect personal fit smile.gif
post #3035 of 5076
Thread Starter 
Heh, thanks for the encouragement to get it done. I was wavering this morning but am going to force myself to drop it off.

How do you guys clean nitro? 99% sure this is nitro but hope the luthier can confirm. Those finger prints don't want to come off with just a clothe and I don't want to do something stupid to the finish.
post #3036 of 5076
I use this. http://www.virtuosopolish.com

I also find very high quality car polish works wonders.
post #3037 of 5076
Long shot (considering all of your locations), but does anybody have a luthier recommendation for Chicago?
post #3038 of 5076
I have polished more 50's and 60's vintage guitars with Nu Finish than any other guitar or auto polish. It is easy to apply and works great.

When I located a vintage guitar I usually wiped it down, removed most of the hardware, polished all finished surfaces with a very fine polishing compound and then rubbed on two coats of Nu Finish. The old nitro finishes polish up very well. A fine polishing compound rubs out any minor flaws and clouding in the surface. Followed by a few coats of Nu Finish and they shine. Any flamed maple really comes alive.

Pio, your 2011 Tele isn't aged so it shouldn't require polishing compound, just two good hand rubbed coats of wax to look it's best.

post #3039 of 5076
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Originally Posted by otc View Post

Long shot (considering all of your locations), but does anybody have a luthier recommendation for Chicago?

Ask the guys at The Chicago Music Exchange who does their work.
post #3040 of 5076
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looks awesome. next time you change strings, pop the neck and give us a date stamp.

I don't like doing this is fear of misalignment upon reattaching.
post #3041 of 5076
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I have polished more 50's and 60's vintage guitars with Nu Finish than any other guitar or auto polish. It is easy to apply and works great.

When I located a vintage guitar I usually wiped it down, removed most of the hardware, polished all finished surfaces with a very fine polishing compound and then rubbed on two coats of Nu Finish. The old nitro finishes polish up very well. A fine polishing compound rubs out any minor flaws and clouding in the surface. Followed by a few coats of Nu Finish and they shine. Any flamed maple really comes alive.

Pio, your 2011 Tele isn't aged so it shouldn't require polishing compound, just two good hand rubbed coats of wax to look it's best.


I use Virtuoso. I was always told that is the ne plus ultra of cleaners and polishes.
post #3042 of 5076
Thread Starter 
Thanks, guys. Will order a bottle of the Virtuoso tonight. Just got back in from dropping off the Tele and I won't be getting it back until a week from today. frown.gif Ah well, will fully set up, intonated, etc. with the strings I want on it vs. those 11s of some indeterminate brand.
post #3043 of 5076
I <3 NuFinish. I don't actually use it on cars (carnauba all the way!)...but I use it on all kinds of other surfaces. Bicycles (makes them shed mud and clean up super easily), guitars, painted/powdercoated furniture, anything I want to be shiny...
post #3044 of 5076
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Originally Posted by gomestar View Post

looks awesome. next time you change strings, pop the neck and give us a date stamp.

I don't like doing this is fear of misalignment upon reattaching.

i can't see this happening, at least not on a non-vintage instrument. The neck screws are very long and fit snugly. add 4 and there very little, if any, margin for movement.
post #3045 of 5076
You're just butthurt that you might have an misaligned guitar. wink.gif
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