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tommym1
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Cleaning & Maintenance
on: February 10, 2012, 22:34

I have a gold plated Bigsby tremolo on my Gretsch G6120 Nashville. The gold plating is starting to tarnish & I wanted to find out what to use on it without damaging the finish.I contacted Gretsch and Bigsby last week. I did not get an answer yet…Any Ideas???


mark09102001
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Re: Cleaning & Maintenance
on: February 17, 2012, 11:10

Hi there

I have always used the spray for my glasses on a microfibre cloth…so far I haven't noticed any ill effect. When I first tried it, I had no strings on the guitar (Gretsch 6120EC), and I'd been using it on the plated bits/bobs on my Telecaster.

As I say, because I had no strings, I just lifted the tailpiece up and back (like opening a book) and I really rubbed the underside alot harder than I would have rubbed the top. Didn't seem to have any effect. (Apart from making it glow!Really shiny) It is worth trying that yourself with anything you use to make sure it's all good. If you dont want to take all your strings off and do that, then just try rubbing it at an "invisible" part.

Please remember that your Bigsby is the ONLY one in the world in terms of exact composition of the metals (chemically) and the reaction the plating may have to the chemicals you put on it.

Good luck

PS I realise you may not be able to get the same Lens Cleaner as me, but I can tell you the ingredients?

Non-Toxic Anti-Static Formula, contains surfactants but NO alcohol or solvents.

Also contains: Sodium c14-17 Sec Alkyl Suffonate, Potassium Lauryl Phosphate.

That's what it lists on the back!


Hi, I’m a professional actor in the UK. I have a Telecaster, a couple of Classic guitars and, my pride and joy, a Gretsch G6120EC “Eddie Cochran”

tommym1
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Re: Cleaning & Maintenance
on: February 9, 2014, 23:07

Pretty Wild, i haven't been on the forum in a long time. Checked the forum to find out how to clean the gold bigsby. Found my post asking the same question 2 years ago to the day !!!

BTW, Its about the same guitar, even though I just bought another Gretsch today !!!


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