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Post by 1point5 Thu Dec 14, 2023 11:06 pm

Time will tarnish brass. That's as inevitable as the tides.

If your hardware is looking less than perfect you can remedy this easily with just this one simnple trick.

1- remove the hardware so it's just the brass (eg: remove saddle height grub screws).

2- Make a paste of vinegar, salt, and plain flour. Throw them in a bowl and mix it until it's smooth and gloopy.

3- rub this all over your brass.

4- Leave it for 10-15 minutes.

5- wash it off.

6- Use 0000 steel wool to remove any stubborn marks.

7- Use Autosol metal polish for a final sheen (if you want).

8- Marvel. 

9- Reassemble what needs to be reassambled and reinstall. 

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Easy peasy.
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Post by Barry Sat Dec 16, 2023 2:16 pm

Beautiful results, and with out being too acidic.

I assume the flour is just for show, with the vinegar and salt doing the heavy lifting? Smile

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Post by Jerry_B Sat Dec 16, 2023 3:41 pm

Is the bass/treble control a custom job? I ask as the one on my 1A bass isn't etched like that.
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Post by 1point5 Sat Dec 16, 2023 3:59 pm

Barry wrote:Beautiful results, and with out being too acidic.

I assume the flour is just for show, with the vinegar and salt doing the heavy lifting? Smile

The flour makes it a paste, otherwise it doesn't stay on to give the acetic acid time to work.
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Post by 1point5 Sat Dec 16, 2023 4:02 pm

Jerry_B wrote:Is the bass/treble control a custom job? I ask as the one on my 1A bass isn't etched like that.

Nope. 100% stock on my 1983 1A guitar.

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Post by Barry Sat Dec 16, 2023 8:12 pm

I presume that it was standard equipment, but my '81 I-A came second hand with plain brass knobs. No markings at all. scratch

And my '83 I-A rescue came with plastic Strat knobs No

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Post by 1point5 Sat Dec 16, 2023 9:17 pm

The brass hardware is the icing on the cake with these guitars. It shines like mirrors now.

I also swapped the neck magnet for an alnico 2. That's quite interesting but it's a lot darker than it was before and in toying with either alnico 5 or alnico 8 in the bridge.
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Post by Barry Sat Dec 16, 2023 10:37 pm

Our westbone recommended doing this same thing awhile back.

Have a look at his post for a discussion and a bunch of information: LINK

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Post by 1point5 Sat Dec 16, 2023 11:44 pm

Barry wrote:Our westbone recommended doing this same thing awhile back.

Have a look at his post for a discussion and a bunch of information: LINK
Aye. Thanks for the link. Same results here except there is noticeably less high end with an A2 unsurprisingly but generally it's a much more usable pickup and the split coil sound is much improved.
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Post by Jerry_B Sun Dec 17, 2023 1:30 am

I don't have my 1A to hand but IIRC the B-0-T is some sort of transfer rather than something cut into the brass.
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Post by 1point5 Sun Dec 17, 2023 1:51 am

Jerry_B wrote:I don't have my 1A to hand but IIRC the B-0-T is some sort of transfer rather than something cut into the brass.
No this is engraved on there.
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Post by Barry Sun Dec 17, 2023 11:35 am

Yup, it's etched into the top.

You'll also see a similar thing on the PEQ control equipped guitars.

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