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« on: August 01, 2005, 08:05:32 PM »

Since this is for my Gibson, I thought I post it here...  nothing in the archives.
 
My gold plated tuners tarnish really quickly, I've tried cleaning them and then a light coat of meguires, but to no avail...  any thoughts on keeping them all nice and shiney?

How's a Larrivee "D" sound compared to a Gibson? (please keep the wise guy stuff to a mimumum please :GRN>)

Thanks for any assistance.

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Ed R.
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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2005, 08:49:46 PM »

The gold on your tuner is not a high grade or for that matter plated correctly.When gold plating an item you need to sterling silver first then gold plate.With out the SS plating first the gold will tarnish fast and also bubble up or even peel off.Some tuners are only gold laquered not plated.
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2005, 09:31:42 PM »

A Gibson what? AJ? J200?

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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2005, 09:49:26 PM »

some gold tuners are actually 'gold colored' bronze, not true gold.
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2005, 11:45:54 PM »

Actually if they are bronze it's even better.

There is no "coat" of Meguires.  It's a rubbing compound that will tarnish the metal if left on as a "coat".  First use lacquer thinner on a Q-tip to remove the lacquer thats coating it.  Then use the Meguires to polish out the tarnish.  THEN re-apply lacquer to keep it all shiney.

Or..................get the original lacquer off it.   And then use the rubbing compound to keep the tuners clean and shined.  Keep cleaning when needed.
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2005, 01:13:21 AM »

  Thanks for the replys...  the guitar is a Gibson CL-35 Deluxe.  It's a very solid guitar, great sound, excellent intonation, pretty too, played a lot of guitars to find it.
  The meguires I refered to was their auto wax..., yes, I guess it could be considered polish, with carnuba... I thought that might act as a protectant... d'oh.
  Whenever I polish the tuners, the gold appearance comes back looking "good as new", it just doesn't stay that way very long.  I wipe my stuff down after playing, trying to keep sweat, etc. off of the finish.
  Thanks again, later,
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2005, 02:31:18 PM »

If you never want the gold to change, all you can do is to remove and bag them.  Leave them in the case pocket and replace with chrome or nickel tuners of the same type.  Unless you never touch the tuners (and how can you if they are tuners?) there will always be degradation to the thin gold plating.

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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2005, 05:32:57 PM »

...I guess I'll just keep playing and keep polishing the tuners now and again...  hehehe, it stays in tune well, but still have to touch those dang things to keep it that way...  nutz. ^_^
  No "free lunch", first "gold" tuner guitar I've ever owned, now I know.
...do they make rosewood knobs for gibson type grovers???  :rolleyes:
  The ebony type sure look nice on my L-02...
Thanks to all,
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