Whether you've taken up the guitar or bass to enjoy your time at home, or if you've been playing an instrument for a long time, or you've been practicing every day for a long time, this is for you.
You want to go to the studio too! You want to play in a band! You want to go to a concert! I'm sure you've been thinking about this, but this is the time to take advantage of your time at home to maintain your instrument and keep it clean and stay motivated!
The staff of the guitar repair department at Sound House recommends some maintenance items that can help you in such cases!
The MP15 Fret Polish Set includes a Lizard Spitz polish pad, fret guard and cleaning cloth, and the MP02 Fingerboard OIL, a non-painted fingerboard oil with orange oil. This time, let's use these to clean a bass!
I'm going to take off the bass strings and check the condition!
The photo of the fingerboard shows a used and austere looking bass that looks like it's been used for many years! However, with many years of use, the fingerboard has dried out, dirt has accumulated and rust has appeared on the frets. I started by cleaning the fingerboard.
Wipe the entire fingerboard lightly and apply the oil. This MP02 Fingerboard OIL is colorless and transparent in appearance, but because it contains orange oil, it has a very refreshing scent like Howard / Orange Oil, the standard oil for fingerboards, and you can work with it comfortably. And I feel it penetrates the wood and removes dirt more easily than other brands of orange oil. The ratio of this Lizard Spit oil is to other oils is becoming greater & greater for use from the multiple fingerboard oils that I always have in my possession.
When you're done applying it, leave it on for a while to let the oil soak in and let the dirt float up. If you rub the fingerboard lightly with a used toothbrush at this time, you’ll be able to remove more dirt.
Wipe off the oil and the fretboard is now complete.
The next step is to use this MP15 Fret Polish Set to clean the frets! When you open the package, you’ll find these three maintenance items. First, use the silver fret guard in the middle.
It is set so that only the frets are visible.
The orange pad with the polish in the silver sealed package on the right of the photo polishes off the dirty frets! The polishing process itself is not time-consuming and takes only 1-2 minutes for each fret.
It's easy, you just rub the frets. But it's also easy to see the results because the frets will be clean and shiny in no time!
How much of a difference does this fret polishing make? The fret on the right is the original condition before polishing; the one on the left is the condition after polishing. If 1-2 minutes of work can make this much difference, I think more people may want to give it a try.
This is the neck after the work has been completed. The fingerboard has been cleansed and moistened with oil, and the frets are shiny again! If it's this beautiful, you'll feel more motivated and maybe even practice more!