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RDR

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May 15th, 2017 07:55 PM        

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!<br /> It is pretty scratched up tho. I wouldn't mind putting a little effort into Polishing and need advice. <br /> 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.<br /> Thanks!



Peegoo

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May 15th, 2017 09:07 PM        

I use the rotary foam pad and Meguire's swirl remover.<br /> <br /> Do the following, because the foam pad tends to sling the goo around:<br /> <br /> 1. Remove the strings.<br /> <br /> 2. Tape off the fret board and the bridge. Unfinished rosewood and ebony can be hard to clean the goo out of open grain.<br /> <br /> 3. Tape off the sound hole. You can go back later and polish by hand the areas the tape covered around the sound hole.<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> 5. Keep the foam pad damp with occasional squirts of water from a spray bottle.<br /> <br /> 6. Don't lean hard on the foam pad. Let the polish do the work--not pressure.<br /> <br /> 7. Keep the pad moving.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> That's pretty much it.



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May 15th, 2017 09:09 PM        

Forgot one thing:<br /> <br /> When polishing an inside corner--such as the body sides around the neck heel--mind the hard plastic disc backer. <br /> <br /> If it rubs the finish while spinning, it can gouge the surface.



RDR

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May 16th, 2017 07:11 AM        

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



RDR

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May 16th, 2017 07:11 AM        

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



larryguitar19

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larryguitar
May 17th, 2017 02:51 PM        

please send us before and after pics.



larryguitar19

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larryguitar
May 17th, 2017 02:51 PM        

please send us before and after pics.



Peegoo

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May 17th, 2017 03:37 PM        

An idea so nice<br /> He said it twice<br /> <br />



RDR

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May 18th, 2017 08:18 PM        

Will do. Will do. Got new strings on it so I'll wait awhile. <br /> <br /> 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.



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May 19th, 2017 12:57 PM        

"My parents payed 40 bucks for it with a case."<br /> <br /> mine cost $99 in the 70's, my first guitar.<br /> my brother still has it.<br />



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