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 Post subject: Fret stains
PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:20 pm 
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Hey Gang,
Two of my guitars (Elvin+X510) are showing a strange stain/rust on the frets under the bass side strings. I don't think that I have seen this on any other guitar, acoustic or electric. I was wondering if anyone else has noticed this on their guitars? If so, is it just rust or tarnish that can/should be cleaned up on the next re-string/clean. Or, is this 'patina' that should never be removed? The X-510 was owned by a pro and might have some vintage value, but the Elvin is a player and I'm not too worried about polishing up the frets on that one. I've just never experienced this type of strange stain on the frets.
Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: Fret stains
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:18 am 
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Alright, it looks like it's just simple light oxidation. I detailed the Elvin and was able to easily remove the oxidation, condition the fret board, carnuba wax the rest and set 'er up with new strings. I wasn't sure if this was something to do with the binding 'de-gassing' and creating the oxidation or something else. It's strange that it was on the bass side only. The low E string also looked oxidized (dull finish) compared with the others. So now I'm going to tackle the X-510 as I'm not worried about this being 'patina' that should be left alone. Happy New Year folks!


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