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Thread: Cleaning stop tail bridge

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    Cleaning stop tail bridge

    Long-time lurker, first time poster.

    Just got a semi-hollow and I absolutely love it. My problem is that I do a lot of palm-muting and after a few months of playing the stop tail bridge is getting a little dull and greyish on the bass side.

    What's the best way to clean/protect the bridge?

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    Senior Member andy474x's Avatar
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    May 2012
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    SE or core? I believe the SE's are nickel plated and the core line are solid aluminum... maybe? I encourage someone to correct me or confirm though.

    The bridges on my SE's have all gotten a bit of tarnish as well. I try to wipe them down after each use, just to keep them purty, but they still tarnish a bit, and I just accept it as a sign of good guitar-lovin. But if there was some way to clean them up, I'd do it. I just fear that being too aggressive will further damage the nickel plating, or flake it off entirely.
    -I'm no expert, but it seems to work and I haven't electrocuted myself yet. Which is pretty much the standard I live by.

    S2 Custom 22 Semi-Hollow - SE Akesson+57/08's - Mira X - SE Custom 24 25th Anniversary - SE 30 Head/Cab

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    Senior Member ChrisCst22's Avatar
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    For a couple years I had replaced the stock stoptail with the adjustable version. After some serious use, it began to flake off and completely fall apart. I was bummed especially after paying some 300$ to order one in. So it seems to me at least that the PRS adjustable bridge is also nickel plated. The solid stoptail however, I have not had any problem with flaking yet, and overall is far easier to clean due to lack of little nooks and gaps for dirt to reside.

    I should mention that my sweat is extremely corrosive and eats away at metals a lot more then most people I've seen. Might be the diet of italian subs and high life.

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    Bobble Head Moderator JMintzer's Avatar
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    MAAS metal cleaner/polish. I've used it on a filthy bridge and it came out looking new...


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    Senior Member vchizzle's Avatar
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    I use Flitz polish, works well. MAAS and Flitz are the 2 most commonly used in my research some years back. Both do a good job. Any auto store should have at least one of them or your big-box stores in the car care section.

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    Auth. PRS Dealer GC Ron's Avatar
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    Pup cover cleaned with Maas. Keep in mind you will never get nickel to look brand new once it has tarnished.



    Ron Lucas
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    Junior Member Xman46&2's Avatar
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    Wow! Quite a difference! My SE Tremonti needs this treatment on the stoptail. I guess i'll be stopping at auto parts store tomorrow.

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