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  1. #51

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    Have you replaced the strings yet? If what did you replace them with?
    "Ahhh - those Jazz guys are just makin' that stuff up!" - Homer Simpson

    "Anyone who understands Jazz knows that you can't understand it. It's too complicated. That's what's so simple about it." - Yogi Berra

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  3. #52

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    Who? Me? I got a guy who makes harpsichords to make me strings. Mainly yellow and rose brass. They've lasted 15 years, and counting!

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    15yrs Are they as expensive as TI's?
    "Ahhh - those Jazz guys are just makin' that stuff up!" - Homer Simpson

    "Anyone who understands Jazz knows that you can't understand it. It's too complicated. That's what's so simple about it." - Yogi Berra

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    Nothing's as expensive as TI's

    Luckily I get them for free.

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    I bought some Virtuoso polish solely from Vinny's recommendation. Couldn't be happier, no swirl marks and as shiny as the day I received my archtop. Good call Vinnie.

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    I see that there is Virtuoso Guitar Polish and Guitar Cleaner.

    Do you only use the polish or do you start with the cleaner?
    Richard

  8. #57

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    You start with the cleaner and then the polish.

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    Right on kid. You rarely need to use the cleaner but it works great also with no abrasives. You can buy them seperately or as a package.

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    I only bought the polish. It did everything I needed. Bear in mind my ES175 is nearly 40 years old and had never been polished since I got it (33 years!).

    It used to belong to Gerry Rafferty (of Stealers Wheel and 'Baker Street' fame). I don't think he ever polished it either!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k View Post
    You have to get Virtuoso online.
    Ouch! On Amazon, $10 for the bottle, $20 for shipping! Two bottles? $20 + $40! I don't know...
    Richard

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    Its $9.99 a bottle and $3 shipping on Ebay. Bob

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    Back when I used to play & collect vintage guitars I had a half-dozen different Meguiar's compounds that enabled me to take care of any cosmetic issues that arose. I also had a large basement, so storing lots of large bottles wasn't really a problem :-)

    On a visit to Gruhn's I noticed a repairman using some cleaner/polish that seemed to work very well. George told me it was custom-formulated by Meguiar's for him and that he was going to market it as "Gruhn Glaze." As soon as it was available I bought a bottle. It proved to be quite versatile--apply it with a light touch and it made a good cleaner, press harder when first applying and it could cut heavy oxidation nicely. With a little finesse it replaced most of what I'd been using. A little goes a long way too, since the small bottle I used for fifteen years is still half full.

    As I transitioned from vintage guitars to newer ones (many of which are now twenty years old!) my main concern changed from cleaning up accumulated crud to removing sweat and oil from gigging on a daily basis. Although I live in a place famous for "dry heat" I play plenty of hot and sweaty stages and outdoor venues in short sleeves. Over time that stuff can eat a finish. Gruhn Glaze removes it easily, but it seems like using a sledgehammer to kill a mosquito. Gibson recommends and uses naptha, but I'd rather not wok with flammable liquids.

    So ten years ago I bought a Fender Care Kit, which has three Meguiar's compounds. One is a really excellent polish. I rarely see a reason to polish a guitar, but the Fender polish is as good as I've used. Number two is Swirl & Haze remover. This seems to be similar to Gruhn Glaze in function and works well. The final product is Mist & Wipe, which is what I use after every sweaty gig. For light cleanup I just spray it on a cloth, for heavier buildups I spray it on the guitar. Takes the stuff right off and leaves the guitar shiny. Works great on the neck as well.

    The only problem with this kit is that they don't sell it anymore. There is a new kit with four bottles, but I haven't tried it. Meguiar's has an automotive detailer called Mist & Wipe that some people claim is the same stuff as the Fender, but Meguiar's told me that their guitar products are not necessarily the same as their auto products. Not exactly a definitive answer, but it was all they'd say about it. I still have quite a lot of M&W and almost all the polish and the swirl remover, so I'm in no danger of running out any time soon.

    All that being said, I mostly clean my guitars after playing with just a chamois. I wipe down all the hardware and strings. If I then feel any stuff along the top of the lower bout or back of the neck I use the M&W. In my gig bag is a bottle of Gibson spray polish that's probably around 40 years old. If my guitar has a sticky neck during a gig I spray a little on a cloth and wipe the neck. This bottle is at least half full--it doesn't take much and the cheap Gibson stuff is just fine for this purpose. George Gruhn and Jimmy D'Aquisto both told me they liked Lemon Pledge, but the Gibson bottle is much more gig-bag friendly.

    Danny W.

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    $13.00 delivered at Reverb.com

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    None of those on Reverb ship to Canada.
    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob MacKillop View Post
    It's what is commonly these days referred to as an English Guitar, but that's not what it was called in the 1760s, when it was called a Guittar - correct spelling. I have a website devoted to the Scottish Guittar: The 18th-Century Scottish Wire-Strung "Guittar" | Rob MacKillop

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    It could do with a clean, but I've no way of knowing what kind of varnish was used.

    Here's an album that I had out 15 years ago - no longer on release, though the odd CD can be found here and there.



    Came across this cool web site:

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    just sayin'


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    That's how my axes are shining now. Great stuff !

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    Got a bottle today. Its brilliant! Its shiny and it makes the neck so fast!
    I love Poland!




    Ted

  20. #69

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    Here you go gang.

    $9.98 per 4 oz. bottle for the polish and "free" shipping, and a free polishing cloth. You're welcome!

    Virtuoso Premium Guitar Polish with Polishing Cloth | eBay

    edit - Or here

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Virtuoso-Pre...item2353907d32
    Last edited by 2bornot2bop; 07-07-2015 at 04:22 PM.

  21. #70

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop View Post
    Here you go gang.

    $9.98 per 4 oz. bottle for the polish and "free" shipping, and a free polishing cloth. You're welcome!

    Virtuoso Premium Guitar Polish with Polishing Cloth | eBay

    edit - Or here

    Virtuoso Premium Guitar Cleaner with Cleaning Cloth | eBay



    that's $6 or less plus the shipping.
    such a deal, but I'm still working on my first bottle all these yrs later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintermoon View Post
    that's $6 or less plus the shipping.
    such a deal, but I'm still working on my first bottle all these yrs later.
    Hell, I'm still workin' on getting my guitars nasty enough to need this stuff!
    "Talent is a pursued interest; anything that you're willing to practice, you can do." - Bob Ross

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    Would you recommend Polish only, or the Polish / Cleaner combo?
    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Lang View Post
    Would you recommend Polish only, or the Polish / Cleaner combo?


    I have both but the cleaner rarely gets used, it's for heavy applications.
    the polish will handle most normal situations.

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    @ 2b and Wintermoon, thx!
    Richard

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    Thanks for posting this! I have both the cleaner and polish, and have for quite some time. Honestly, I always thought they worked nicely, but never felt they deserved all of the hype they receive. I almost posted that above, but figured I'd better give it one more shot and really wipe down my guitar before sharing an uneducated opinion on the internet! I clean and polish my guitars, but not super often. Maybe twice a year. It was definitely time for a polish on my archtop. I spent about 10 minutes doing the entire instrument very well. Cleaner first, to remove the arm haze and gunk, and then polish everywhere.

    I have to admit, I've never noticed this big of a difference before. The black is a lustrous black, and the entire finish seems shinier and "deeper" than it did before. I really studied it before and after because, again, I really wanted to provide my honest feedback on this thread. And my feedback is that this stuff is amazing. And that I need to polish my guitars more often! I had never noticed how nice it made the neck feel before either, so thanks for pointing that out!

    I didn't get any "before" pictures, but just imagine a beautiful archtop that is way too dusty and smudged from sitting out on a stand and being played daily. Here are some after photos. I don't think they do justice to the lustrous shine, but hopefully they give you an idea of how it looks. I'm going to have to do this more often!




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    I finally received it and proceeded to trying it. It works better than I expected. Thanks for the advice!
    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Lang View Post
    I finally received it and proceeded to trying it. It works better than I expected. Thanks for the advice!
    Told you so!

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    UK-based supplier (also ships).

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    It seems everyone had good experiences with Virtuoso Polish and Cleaner. I used the cleaner on my 1951 Epiphone Zephyr Regent that has a nitro finish and now it is cloudy. No matter what I do it keeps clouding up or showing spots. I buffed it, put on more polish and buffed it again, used a damp cloth and buffed it again, still cloudy. Any remedies? I remember this guitar always clouded up using Gibson polish back in the 1970's. It hasn't been polished often. I did clean it with Dunlop 65 not too long ago. I haven't tried the Virtuoso polish yet.

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    Just ordered the polish and cleaner off of Reverb. Now let's see if it will clean up my Les Paul, put an enviable shine on my car and make a great beer chaser as stated in previous postings.

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    Zymöl GBC# Gloss Finish Restorer and Glaze $45

    or what looks suspiciously like the same thing rebottled

    Pro Strength Guitar Polish for Nitro and Poly Finishes - MusicNomad - Music Nomad $8.99.
    Great Deals with Great Folks: max52 (Guild-Benedetto Artist Award); prickards (Ribbecke GC Halfling); Cincy2 (Comins Concert)

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    I put Virtuoso polish on the guitar and that cleared things up, pun intended. I haven't ever seen it look this shiny or feel as smooth. It has a "new guitar" feel, although it's all dinged up and worn underneath.

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    All of the stuff marketed by Music Stores to me is basically a way to charge more because you think you got something only for guitars. Like Danny W says I use Meguiar's stuff that is used in the automobile industry. You can buy different grades for different uses but I hope I know what I am doing maybe the average player does not.

    This reminds me of buying bicycle lubrication for your bike's chain and other parts. I repair and can build bicycles too and I go to the box store and buy the cheap bottle of 1/4 horsepower lube for $2.99 about 3 times cheaper than anything at the bike shop. It works fine and it all is about the audience and marketing in many cases. In fact I buy guitar and bike tools in the box store because many of them are simply ordinary everyday tools. Allen Wrenches, wire cutters, saws, and hand tools.

    I am not saying the Virtuoso stuff is no good just that I am guessing it is expense compared to other options.
    specializing in repair and setup, does your guitar play like it should?

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    It was here about 2012 when one day I asked this guy named Patrick, of New Jersey, who had some 50 guitars hanging around his bathroom, which also had a fireplace, what’s the best guitar polish for nitro finishes?

    He said: Virtuoso

    On that day a love affair was born. I’ve never looked at another polish since.
    When I got pretty good I went on the road with a group - We starved - Wes Montgomery

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    I have a question. My main players are 2 nitro and 1 poly. I also play in short sleeves and the lower bout gets a bit sweaty (sorry). I always wipe down with a clean cloth and most of the time I have a cloth over the bout where my arm makes contact as I thought that I was damaging the finish. Is this true, or is it ok to play without the cloth barrier and just do a good wipedown after every session? I was more worried about the nitro finishes than the poly. Thanks.
    "Talent is a pursued interest; anything that you're willing to practice, you can do." - Bob Ross

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    Any contact with the guitar can cause wear and tear. Play your guitar as you like just be sensible if you want it looking good years later.

    Think of it like we humans, over time we take a beating matter what we do even nothing. But we can help our cause with the right mix of diet, work, exercise, and self care.
    specializing in repair and setup, does your guitar play like it should?

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    I have used Wizard car polish on mine for awhile - recommended by none other than Dave Rogers.

    There’s no magic to polishing. (I say this as a woodworker.) You can use a detergent to clean grime, a polish to provide a glossy finish or a rubbing compound to abrade away surface imperfections. The pros would use all 3.

    Having said that, the neck of my 135 is sticky, so I may give the Virtuoso a try. (A few years ago I tried some wet sanding, and that was a minor disaster.) If it’s good enough for Vinny, it’s good enough for me.
    “Without music, life would be a mistake”--Friedrich Nietzsche

    Current lineup: Gibson ES-135 ('02), Peerless Sunset, Harmony Brilliant Cutaway ('64), Godin 5th Avenue, Alvarez AC60 A/E classical, Kay K37 ('56), Fender Squier VM Jazz bass, several ukes. Amps: Fishman Artist, Fender SCXD, Pignose 7-100.