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RDR
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May 15th, 2017 07:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Greetings Smart People! I have a Yamaha fg150 from about 1970. Sweet small body guitar and of great sentimental value to me. Could use a neck reset, but I cut the saddle down and put on some light strings and it plays and sounds nice!
It is pretty scratched up tho. I wouldn't mind putting a little effort into Polishing and need advice.
I have a foam pad usable with a drill. I have some fine plastic polish. I also have some wet/dry paper to 6000 I think. Should I use some of those, or get some other liquid compound from the auto parts store? I'm not too concerned with perfection.
Thanks!

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May 15th, 2017 09:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use the rotary foam pad and Meguire's swirl remover.

Do the following, because the foam pad tends to sling the goo around:

1. Remove the strings.

2. Tape off the fret board and the bridge. Unfinished rosewood and ebony can be hard to clean the goo out of open grain.

3. Tape off the sound hole. You can go back later and polish by hand the areas the tape covered around the sound hole.

4. If you remove hardware like strap buttons or tuners: rub paraffin, beeswax, surf wax, or a crayon into the screw holes to seal them from water entry.

5. Keep the foam pad damp with occasional squirts of water from a spray bottle.

6. Don't lean hard on the foam pad. Let the polish do the work--not pressure.

7. Keep the pad moving.

8. Wipe off the collected goo on the guitar as you work and add a small blob fresh polish to the pad as it needs it.

That's pretty much it.

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May 15th, 2017 09:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Forgot one thing:

When polishing an inside corner--such as the body sides around the neck heel--mind the hard plastic disc backer.

If it rubs the finish while spinning, it can gouge the surface.

RDR
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May 16th, 2017 07:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks much lyrics! I'll give it a go.

RDR
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May 16th, 2017 07:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks much lyrics! I'll give it a go.

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larryguitar
May 17th, 2017 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

please send us before and after pics.

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larryguitar
May 17th, 2017 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

please send us before and after pics.

Peegoo
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May 17th, 2017 03:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

An idea so nice
He said it twice

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 05:38 PM, May 17th, 2017)

RDR
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May 18th, 2017 08:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Will do. Will do. Got new strings on it so I'll wait awhile.

Measured the string height and it's the same as all the acoustics I played at GC yesterday. So I guess it's not so bad. I put some light gauge stringngs on it and it's a pleasure to play. My parents payed 40 bucks for it with a case.

jazzguy

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May 19th, 2017 12:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"My parents payed 40 bucks for it with a case."

mine cost $99 in the 70's, my first guitar.
my brother still has it.


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